Video: Stuart’s ‘Main Streets’ featured on MSNBC’s Your Business


MSNBC recently aired a pro­file of Stuart’s two his­toric com­mer­cial dis­tricts, East Stu­art and Down­town Stuart, on Your Busi­ness with JJ Ram­berg.

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 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!”

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