Main Street gets new, expanded website

By JEFF BISHOP jbishop@newnan.com Main Street-Newnan's web page got a facelift this week. "If you haven't already seen the new Main Street website, please take a look!" said Alise Cartledge, Main Street coordinator. "There are a lot more links and everything is much more easily accessible."
This was Cartledge's last big announcement before departing the Main Street program following a two-year stint. "People may have already heard, but I have resigned as the Main Street coordinator," Cartledge said. She officially completed her work at Main Street on Friday and will now devote more time to her job as wedding planner at Dunaway Gardens. "I want to thank everyone for the support and encouragement I have received for the past two years. my experience with Main Street has been a great one, but it is time for me to move on," she said. "I will still be living (shopping, eating and playing!) in downtown Newnan and hope to see you all on a regular basis," she said. "I feel fortunate that, at the age of 25, I've been able to learn so much from this position, gain so many great friendships and have been able to earn valuable experience," she said. "Thank you for being so wonderful and welcoming to me in so many ways." Cartledge said she is happy to leave Main Street on a positive note with the fresh new look of the website. She said Pilot Designs did all the heavy lifting to spruce up the site. "Some of the pages and links may still be being updated, so please be patient," Cartledge urged. The URL for the website is unchanged, at www.MainStreetNewnan.com "Pilot Designs pretty much redid the entire website," said Cartledge. She said that link options have been broken down into various categories, such as shopping, dining, and entertainment. "Each Main Street member has individual webpages, according to the category," she said. "Now it's a lot easier to find contact information and what kind of services they offer, and to find out where restaurants are located." You can even browse menus online, she said. "Just look and see what you want, and you can place a 'to go' order," Cartledge said. Another new feature is the downtown real estate page, she said. "Our Main Street members who deal in real estate can send us updated photos of their residential and commercial listings," said Cartledge. "So even if you're from out of town you can look at our website and basically shop for a house." There's a news section, too, with press releases relating to downtown events and merchants. "There's a full calendar of events, and applications available so that you can participate," said Cartledge. Applications are also available for Main Street membership. "We have a section online that tells all the benefits to joining," she said. The website also functions as a "good directory" of downtown businesses and services, she said. But it has a leg up on printed directories because it can be continuously updated, she said. "We plan on updating merchant events and even sales every week, so you can see who has a sale, if there's a book signing, and things like that," she said. "It's an easy way to keep up with what's going on with the stores downtown." The idea is to have one website where "everyone can find everything they need downtown," she said. "So far, everyone thinks the new website is great," said Cartledge. "It's really something people can check on a daily basis. From your home you can just look on the computer and see all the great places to visit, all the places you can eat, and all the events and activities you can enjoy."


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