“Show Low is the gateway to Arizona’s White Mountains and the more than 2 million acres Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest,” said Steve North, business development coordinator for the city of Show Low.
Visitors can enjoy all forms of outdoor recreation in this area from fishing, hunting, camping, hiking and biking, to skiing and snowboarding at Sunrise Park Resort.
“I think we’re seeing the fruits of our labor,” North said. “We’re seeing more restaurants and retail stores come into downtown Show Low and property owners are starting to renovate their buildings as well.”
Revitalizing the downtown area has been getting a big push not only from the city of Show Low, but Show Low Main Street.
“Show Low Main Street was created to drive redevelopment of downtown Show Low and encourage new investment in the area,” North said.
The nonprofit was created back in the 1990s to facilitate the economic and aesthetic enhancement of the Show Low Downtown Redevelopment District.
The project that really kicked off the redevelopment push of downtown Show Low in 2010 and was spearheaded by Show Low Main Street was the $1.7 million Deuce of Clubs Streetscape Enhancement Project.
“Time had taken its toll on downtown Show Low and the area had become a bit of an eyesore,” North said. “The streetscape enhancement project brought the construction of pedestrian-friendly walkways, new street lamps, benches, trash containers and trees.”
Show Low Main Street has its eye on other projects that will similarly enhance downtown Show Low.
“Show Low Main Street likes to take on a project every year and this year we plan to invest money to purchase new way finder signage to alert locals and visitors alike to businesses and points of interest in the downtown area,” North said.
The nonprofit is able to fund downtown beautification projects from revenue generated through community events it puts on every year.
“Some of the events we put on every year include the Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk, Spooktacular Festival, Monster Dash Fun Run and Santa & the Shoppes on Gingerbread Lane,” North said.
The Farmers’ Market & Art Walk takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend through the end of September.
“The market started with about 10 vendors every week and now, seven years later, we average about 60 vendors selling a variety of local produce, food products and arts and crafts,” North said. “Not only do these events bring people to downtown Show Low to shop, but they also give local small businesses a platform to help them flourish and grow.”
For more information on Show Low Main Street visit www.showlowmainstreet.org.