The downtown Newton group that commonly holds events to bolster interest in small businesses has a new name, new leadership and a new way for others outside the town square to get involved.
Destination Downtown Newton Alliance has dropped the “Downtown” from its namesake to better describe its new endeavors, the group’s founder Vicki Wade told Newton News. Wade, who is also a member of the city council, has decided to step down as acting president of Destination Newton.
Taking Wade’s place are local business operators Julie Jones, owner of Choices, and Dan Nieland, owner of Nostalgia Wine & Spirits, who will be serving as co-chairs. With the work of her new corporate job and the added responsibilities of her work in city council, Wade thought it was best to step down.
With the change of leadership also comes a change in operations. Wade said the group has expanded its area to include all businesses in the 50208 zip code. Members of Destination Newton, she added, will venture out to all businesses to invite them to the group or even become members themselves.
Membership is not necessary in order to be involved with the group. As of December 2023, Destination Newton has accumulated 25 members, Wade said.
“What we wanted to make sure we did not do was create an exclusive membership,” Wade said. “We want all businesses to feel they can be a part of the events that makes the best sense to them … We’re very event-focused. That’s a major goal of ours is to hold as many events as possible.”