Who: MSNBC Your Business “Main Street USA”
What: Profile of Downtown Stuart and East Stuart
When: Sunday, June 8, 2014, 7:30 a.m. ET (Check local listings for rebroadcast times)
How: Tune in to MSNBC Sunday, June 8 at 7:30 a.m. for a segment of “Main Street USA” airing on Your Business with JJ Ramberg to see this profile of Stuart’s two historic commercial districts: East Stuart and Downtown Stuart.
Last April a video crew from MSNBC spent two days filming in Stuart, interviewing businesses owners in the historic downtown, East Stuart, and Colorado Avenue Business District. The result, a segment titled “Main Street USA” will air on MSNBC’s Your Business June 8, 2014 at 7:30 a.m.
The weekly national program hosted by JJ Ramberg focuses on issues affecting small business owners. The “Main Street USA” segment profiles business owners and their communities across the country. MSNBC selected Stuart for the profile primarily because of its two recognized Florida Main Street programs. The Downtown Main Street program, established in 1987, was a driving force behind the revitalization of the downtown area over the past three decades. The much newer East Stuart Main Street is working to accomplish similar goals in the historically African-American business district of East Stuart.
“What really piqued our interest in Stuart is the fact that the community has two business districts. It’s not something that you typically see in a city of its size,” said msnbc senior producer David Foster. “While the Main Street programs are in different stages of development, we enjoyed speaking with business owners in both locations. They’re equally passionate about seeing Stuart grow and succeed.”
MSNBC sent a producer and video crew to interview businesses in Downtown Stuart and East Stuart, both of which are Florida Main Street communities. The crew also shot footage in the Colorado Avenue Business District, which connects downtown and East Stuart. Featured business owners included Vernon Dickens of Designer Depot, Philip Harvey of Go For It Hair Salon and Harvey Plaza, Bill Moore of Stuart Coffee Company and Kilwin’s Ice Cream, and Patty O’Connell of Gumbo Limbo. Community Redevelopment Agency Administrator, Teresa Lamar-Sarno was also interviewed along with Thondra Lanese, who is the manager for both Stuart Main Street and East Stuart Main Street.
“It’s refreshing to see our community through new eyes,” said Lanese. “Visiting our historic business districts with the MSNBC showed me how much progress we have made in Stuart – and how much potential we still have to reach!”