Mainstreet Steamboat creating new downtown directories

Scott Franz

— Mainstreet Steamboat Springs believes it has finally found a way to get more visitors to realize there is much more to downtown than just Lincoln Avenue.

The downtown advocacy organization is preparing to launch a series of new business directories that will grace the sides of all of the bus shelters on Lincoln.

Directories will list the names of all participating businesses in the core downtown area and show their location on a map.

Local landmarks, like the library and Howelsen Hill, will also be represented on the map.

“We’ve been trying for years to figure out how to let our guests know that downtown is more than just Lincoln Avenue,” Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett said.

She said things like side street signage has been considered in the past, but that would have led to more clutter and poles downtown.

Barnett said about 18 businesses have already signed up to be featured on the directory.

To be listed, a business needs to pay $100 to cover the cost of updating and replacing the directories after six months.

Brief descriptions of the businesses will also be displayed on the directory.

The deadline to get on the map is May 29.

The directory project is being funded in part by a grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

Those interested in getting on the map can email Barnett at

The directories will likely be installed next month.

Manager search continues

The search for Barnett’s replacement has been narrowed to a list of seven finalists.

Barnett said Mainstreet’s transition team will be interviewing the finalists next week.

“Hopefully we’ll have someone on board before mid-June, by the time the farmer’s market starts,” Barnett said.

When a new Mainstreet manager is hired, Barnett will work part-time and enjoy a semi-retirement.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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