The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville are focused on providing exciting and relevant events that add to the character and spirit of our community while supporting the entrepreneurial community and making the district a wonderful place to live.
The organization also places a tremendous value on every one of its volunteers who help it successfully launch these events year in and year out.
These past few months have placed an immense strain on our downtown business community. While a number of bright spots have emerged, from the heartwarming community response to the Love Hendo campaign, to the resilient spirit displayed by many of our district’s small businesses, the focus during the next six to twelve months must be on identifying strategies that assist our district in moving forward in the midst of this unprecedented pandemic.
It is because of this that the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Rhythm & Brews Concert Series and turn the organizational focus to supporting downtown districts through activities like the “Hendersonville Farmers Market” which kicked off Saturday, June 6, on Maple Street in the Seventh Avenue district.
Alongside the event planning, the Friends of Downtown Hendersonville has been working hard to help local businesses identify smart ways to protect themselves, their employees and you as they move towards reopening. This includes the Safe Hendo pledge that many of our downtown businesses have taken. This pledge shows you their commitment to reopening with care! Outlining best practices in PPE, cleaning and social distancing, these businesses want you to know just how they are operating. To learn more about who has taken the pledge and to see what that pledge entails visit lovehendo.com/safehendo.
On Friday, May 22, a second wave of business openings occurred as restaurants and salons were able to operate at 50% capacity. To support a Safe Hendo experience, visitors to downtown are and will be encouraged to practice the three W’s; Wear a cloth mask, Wait 6 feet apart and Wash your hands! Hendersonville continues to shine as a place that is attentive to the needs of the entire community, an awareness that routinely inspires our Love Hendo spirit, and an attitude that we know can be collectively applied to your downtown visits.
You’ve made it clear that you want to keep Loving Hendo and we hope these activities will give each of you a way to do that. We look forward to seeing you, at six feet distance of course, soon!
Visit www.hendersonvillenc.gov for additional information and updates.