MainStreet hopes to keep donations flowing

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer A variety of New Mexico wines from Tularosa Vineyards will be available for sampling during the Portales MainStreet Summer Wine Fest Friday evening. Sponsored by First Community Bank and hosted by the Portales MainStreet Organization, the come-and-go event will be held 7-11 p.m. at the Do Drop In courtyard, […]

Defunct local hotel up for sale

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Two steps forward and one step back would describe economic development plans in Portales lately. Officials say they’re still making headway though. The former Portales Inn building had been under contract to local developer Larry Combs, but according to city and Portales MainStreet officials, that deal fell through late […]

City names new MainStreet manager

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Georgia Gonzales has a new job and title. The City of Portales recently named Gonzales the Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager. The position replaces the Community Development Director position held by Jeremy Sturm who is leaving the post. As the new Capital Projects/MainStreet Manager, Gonzales will be in charge of managing […]

City plans to buy downtown property

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Portales city councilors gave approval Tuesday to a proposal allowing Portales MainStreet to purchase several properties downtown to aid in redevelopment of the historic Yam Theater. Council gave the OK for MainStreet to use $100,000 to purchase five properties on South Main in Portales. The properties include the two […]

Plans progress for downtown revitalization

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Revitalization plans for downtown Portales have shown recent progress, and parties involved in several projects say the next 12-18 months could bring big changes. Plans by the Portales MainStreet organization and the city of Portales to refurbish the historic Yam Movie Palace on Main Street are coming together quickly […]

Woody’s Jewelry gets facelift

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Woody’s Jewelry, a downtown Portales landmark for more than 50 years, is expanding its store, according to owner Danny Woodward. Woodward is remodeling the small storefront the business has occupied for the last half-century along with the building to its immediate west to provide an enlarged showroom and workspace […]

MainStreet basking in awards

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Portales MainStreet Program received four statewide awards Wednesday at the New Mexico Mainstreet Summer Institute in Farmington. The program won both the Excellence in Business Incentive and Excellence in Downtown Promotion Event, according to a press release from the New Mexico Economic Development Department. Local business owners won awards […]

Fingers crossed over hotel redevelopment

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A deal that could lead to the redevelopment of the Portales Inn has those in economic development circles excited about the prospects it could hold for business in downtown Portales. “We’re just really excited for the opportunity of redevelopment of the hotel,” Portales Economic Development Director Jeremy Sturm said. […]

Local MainStreet groups sponsor business seminars

By Tony Parra Portales and Clovis entrepreneurs and small businesses owners will have a chance to learn more about making their business a “destination” during workshops scheduled next week. Jon Schallert, a business consultant, will be sharing ideas with small business owners and entrepreneurs from Portales and Clovis to increase sales and profits. During Schallert’s […]

Grant program targets downtown

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales’ downtown district is getting a facelift, one building at a time, thanks to a new grant program targeting small downtown businesses. The Portales MainStreet Organization members with the help of Portales city officials have awarded three grants totaling $5,000 for facade improvements to downtown businesses. Debi Lee, city manager, […]