Two Family Friendly Ways to Ring in the New Year in Downtown Wilmington, DE

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Celebrate 2019 with the entire family at either of these engaging events in Downtown Wilmington, DE. After the kids are worn out, head to one of the many new restaurants on Market Street for an unforgettable meal.

*Event information provided by VisitDelaware.com


Noon Year’s Eve Celebration at the Brandywine Zoo
December 31, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year Zoo-style by ringing in the New Year at NOON! We’ll have games, crafts, and a celebratory atmosphere and of course a sparkling cider toast as the clock strikes 12 (Noon that is!) Program takes place in the zoo so dress for the weather! Fee: $5/person for ages 3+, advanced tickets available online. DZS members free.

New Year's Rockin' Noon at The Delaware Children’s Museum
December 31, 2018
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Let the countdown begin! Ring in 2019 at the DCM with a special New Year's Eve countdown celebration that won't conflict with your kid's bedtime. The DCM is ready to ring in the New Year with confetti and YOU! Enjoy live music, take a final 2018 family photo at the DCM photo op, and help us countdown to the New Year and our annual confetti cannon blasts! 

An Architectual Gem Gets an Equally Impressive Coffee Shop

I.M. Coffee

The I.M. Pei Building at 1105 N. Market Street has been famous for decades due to its nationally recognized architect. The Class A office building now welcomes an equally impressive high-end coffee shop with a design that compliments its surrounding sophistication.

I.M. Coffee is now open within the space and is open to the public. The shop offers craft coffee, organic smoothies and prepared foods. Complimentary Wifi is available within the space.

For the full menu, click here.

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Meet Loshawn, Downtown Visions’ Very First Employee!

Loshawn Maxwell

Now with over 50 employees, and making a major impact within the community, Downtown Visions’ Director of Administration, Loshawn Maxwell, has fond memories of the organization’s humble beginnings and is proud of how far it has come in her 24 years with the company. She and the company have grown up together. Coming from a small town in Maryland, Loshawn overcame her shyness, became more assertive and adapted to the ever-evolving needs of Downtown Visions.

Q. What does your job role encompass at Downtown Visions?

 A.“As the Director of Administration I manage all the administrative and financial responsibilities for the company, as well as, act as a human resource liaison and provide benefits administration.”

 Q. What made you decide to work for Downtown Visions?

A.“I attended Goldey-Beacom College and upon graduation I saw the job post for an Office Assistant.  I applied and interviewed for the position.  The Managing Director of Wilmington 2000 (founding organization of Downtown Visions) thought I would be great for the position and hired me on the spot.  It also didn’t hurt that at the time he sat on the Board of Directors of the College.”

 Q. What is one of your favorite moments within your career at Downtown Visions?

A.“Honestly, the journey to where I am today. I was able to, and continue to grow so much personally and professionally.”

 Q. What project that Downtown Visions was involved in are you most proud of?

A.“Holistically, the mission to create, manage and promote a quality environment for people who live, work and visit Downtown Wilmington. The purpose is what drives me, as it is all for the greater good.  I also enjoyed working on the committee that planned our 20th anniversary celebration.”

 Q.Where do you see Downtown Visions in 5 years?

A.“I see the organization continuing to be the go-to organization, growing our partnerships, having more relationships and building bridges between all of the great people and companies making a difference Downtown. We have seen so much change, and there are so many great people involved.”

 Q. What is your favorite activity or place in Downtown Wilmington?

A.“My favorite activity is walking down Market Street and restaurant hopping, enjoying cocktails at one place, dinner at another.”

Q. What do you like to do outside of work?

A.“I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, traveling. My favorite place to travel is to the Caribbean or anywhere warm.”

9 Awesome Moments for Downtown Wilmington, DE in 2018

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It has been a great year for our city and we want to take a moment to celebrate some of the major milestones. While we are only referencing events within the Downtown Visions Business Improvement District, there have been many, many more city-wide impactful moments as well.

  1. When Out & About Magazine Took Over and Enhanced the Wilmington Art Loop

  2. Stitch House Brewery’s Grand Opening

  3. The Launch of the It’s Time Campaign

  4. The Reinvention of the Hotel du Pont

  5. Margaux’s Grand Opening

  6. When Wilmington Green Box Reached their $15,000 Sponsorship Milestone

  7. Bardea’s Grand Opening

  8. The Residences at Mid-town Park, Burton Place and Mid-town Garage Opening

  9. The Grand Opening of Eat Clean Juice Bar

Thank you to the City of Wilmington’s major game changers for their immense contribution this year. Organizations such as the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, NewMarketWilm.com, DE.TV, INWilm, and many, many more are making sure Wilmington continues to grow and thrive for generations to come. To all those individuals and businesses, the Downtown Visions team is extremely grateful for you!

Lani Schweiger of Downtown Visions Featured on New Market Wilm

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Join us in congratulating our very own, Lani Schweiger, Main Street Wilmington Manager and Senior Brand & Marketing Manager as she was just featured on New Market Wilm!

When you see the yellow jackets swarming on Market, you know Downtown Visions is on the scene. However, squint behind those scenes and you might catch a glimpse of Lani Schweiger – and if you don’t know what she looks like, you certainly know her style.

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