Rehoboth Beach Main Street teams with Artist Angelica Clemmer and First Street Station to continue revitalizing empty storefronts in Downtown Rehoboth Beach

by Dave on June 4, 2010

Rehoboth Beach Main Street is a non-profit organization devoted to keeping Downtown Rehoboth economically vibrant and looking great. Along with presenting events to bring shoppers, diners & visitors downtown to spend money in our local economy and providing economic programs to support independent businesses, RBMS encourages businesses to have a preservation ethic, a sense of history, and renovation/restoration programs to enhance downtown buildings, signage and streetscapes.

The downtown organization’s recent revitalization efforts focus on empty storefront windows- to start, the old Cultured Pearl building on the beach block of Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Since for lease, the windows of the empty building were covered in brown paper until Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Rehoboth Beach Main Street teamed with Artist Chad Tylecki and Prudential Gallo to turn the building into an attraction by replacing the old brown paper with a beautiful and inspiring beach scene.

The most recent empty storefront window project was the store on the corner of First Street and Wilmington Avenue, part of First Street Station. Artist Angelica Clemmer and Executive Administrator of RBMS Jenny Barger teamed together with First Street Station’s Property Manager Clinton Bunting to decorate that corner of town. The paintings were installed on Friday, May 28, 2010. Angelica’s artwork really enhances the building and makes it colorful and cheery with surf and beach scenery and abstract geometrics. Jenny Barger comments, “The intention of the project was not only to bring beauty to empty windows, but to attract potential leasers to the property and encourage artistic expression in the community. It is absolutely worth a trip to Wilmington Avenue and First Street Station in Downtown Rehoboth Beach to view this newly installed attraction.”

It is hoped that other property owners and realtors that have empty storefronts in Downtown Rehoboth Beach will consider continuing the window restoration project by contracting artists such as Tylecki and Clemmer to display their artwork. Rehoboth Beach Main Street will work with any interested prospects. To contact Artist Chad Tylecki, call 302-519-1967, or e-mail Angelica Clemmer at airlessgel@gmail.com. If you are interested in leasing a space in First Street Station, contact 302-542-4335. For more information on RBMS or for suggestions on storefront window restoration projects, please contact 302-227-2772.

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