When the ribbon is cut next Friday, Salisbury’s new Downtown Visitor Center will officially open as the place to find maps and coupons, as well as trendy shirts, calendars and water bottles emblazoned with the city’s logo.
“There will be hats, cornhole boards with the city’s logo, for sale. It’s going to be the central location for us at 3rd Friday and 1st Saturday. There will be food and refreshments for the public there, whether it’s bottled water or snacks. It will be the central location for a lot of activity,” said Chris Demone, who handles public relations for the city.
“We’re getting all the merchandise in now. We’re getting it all stocked,” Demone said.
One shirt design has a stylized version of the city’s street map. Another has the city logo. Hats have a sunrise and birds. Marina district stickers and Salisbury stickers will be for sale as well as an 18-month wall calendar with photographs taken in Salisbury, from the sunset behind Brew River to mother bear Chaska nuzzling her cub Alba at the Salisbury Zoo. Photographs were submitted by residents who entered a contest, Demone said.
“It’s mostly still life streetscapes. They will be affordable. Most everything will cost $5 to $10,” he said.
Located at 110 North Division Street, across the street from the Government Office Building and next to The Brick Room, the visitor center will share space with the offices of Jamie Heater, director of the Arts & Entertainment District, and Laura Kordzikowski, business development specialist for the city.
Kordzikowski, who, this week pronounced the new T-shirts “very cool,” has a desk in the front, so she can welcome visitors.
In a typical day, she said she expect to see “a large variety of people, people who want to work with Downtown businesses, Downtown residents.”
“We’ll cater to visitors to Salisbury who want to stop by and residents who haven’t been Downtown in a while,” she said.
The ribbon cutting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19, during 3rd Friday. The center will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and later for 3rd Friday.