Why The Main&Me Downtown App is Better Than Directory-Style Websites

These days, every city needs a mobile app, but how does a city decide what kind of app to build or buy? In our minds, the questions comes down to whether you: 1) build a proprietary downtown app and website that requires: requires enormous development costs and long lead times requires extraordinary cooperation amongst board … Continue reading

Why Don’t People Shop Locally Online?

Every independent business owner and executive director of a downtown shopping district knows that a shirt or dress bought online takes money that could have been spent in your community (and could have helped generate jobs and economic recovery in your community) and ships it off to corporate HQ in Los Angeles, CA or Columbus, … Continue reading

How Tupelo, MS Put Their Town Online With $1,000 Main and Me Downtown Shopping Spree Contest

How Tupelo, MS Put Their Town Online With $1,000 Main and Me Downtown Shopping Spree Contest

Main Street manager Debbie Brangenberg and her lieutenant Jessica Reed of Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association have thought up a brilliant way to raise awareness–in anticipation of the 2012 holiday shopping season–of the wonderful goods and services for sale in Tupelo’s downtown historic shopping district. The promotional posters and rules of the contest are published … Continue reading

When Cashmobs Double As Photomobs They Benefit All Your Local Businesses Not Just One

Your cash mob is a precious resource. Why not turn it into a photo mob and leverage it to bring lasting benefit to ALL the stores in your town? Just ask your volunteers to bring their smartphones and digital cameras along to snap, caption and check in photos of storefronts and favorite merchandise as they … Continue reading

Where National Mainstreet.Orgs Go To Offer Online Windowshopping And Wish-listing Of Their Downtown Historic Shopping Districts

Where National Mainstreet.Orgs Go To Offer Online Windowshopping And Wish-listing Of Their Downtown Historic Shopping Districts

Main and Me is the free, user-generated social shopping network where National Mainstreet.Orgs and downtown merchant associations come to “put their downtowns online.” That way they can offer online windowshopping and wish-listing of their downtown historic shopping district, and begin to turn the tide in the competition with Amazon and Big Internet Retail. Won’t you … Continue reading

A Social Network 100% Dedicated to Promoting Local Independent Business

The elves are busy. The number of communities adding photo galleries of their local businesses to Main and Me before the holiday shopping season is growing. Who knew how many cool barbershops and tattoo parlors and yoga studios and boutiques-for-everything and (dare I say it, tasteful adult toys?) there were in America?? (Check for your … Continue reading

Why We Love The 3/50 Project at Main and Me

Congratulations 3/50 on 90,000 likes. 90,000!!?? A testament to your vision and the authenticity of your message. We are big supporters of the The 3/50 Project here at Main and Me. Such a simple idea, and so very wise about creating an actionable concept (3…50…) which captures the imagination and changes what seems abstract and … Continue reading