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Finding the perfect retail location isn’t always simple. Location and rent are major factors to consider when finding the perfect space for a business. But the City of Middletown, New York is making the process a little bit easier.

The City of Middletown and Mayor Joseph M. DeStefano recently announced the Race 4 Space Competition at the Rail Trail Commons: a business attraction competition designed to fill four newly created retail spaces in the former Woolworth’s Department Store on North Street. Applicants will compete for one of these spaces along with a matching grant of up to $20,000 per space for fit out/build out. Winners will also receive a 50 percent discount on the rent for the first 24 months. Through this competition the city hopes to attract new and exciting businesses that are unique to the downtown, active and pedestrian-oriented.

In 2016, The City of Middletown became a first round winner of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative through the State of New York, a $10 million grant competition created by Governor Cuomo to help revitalize downtowns throughout the state. The city will be using the $10 million to fund six major projects, and the redevelopment of the Woolworth’s building into the Rail Trail Commons is the second project to commence. Façade Improvements, Streetscape Improvements and the redesign of several parking lots were some of the other funded projects.

The Rail Trail Commons will also act as a spur of the incoming Heritage Trail, leading users of the trail through the center of the building and right into the heart of the downtown. “Our goal is to bring people into the city and encourage them to explore what our downtown has to offer,” said Mayor DeStefano. “The businesses in the Rail Trail Commons will greatly benefit from the foot-traffic created by the Heritage Trail.”

Applications for the Race 4 Space are currently available for pick up at the Office of Economic and Community Development in City Hall, 16 James Street, 3rd floor, Middletown, New York. The due date for applications is August 6. Applications and guidelines can also be downloaded at the following websites: or

Have you filled out an application for the Race 4 Space yet? 

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Don't forget, our BID Farmer's Market takes place Rain or Shine every Saturday until October 27th from 8 AM to 1 PM! 

Farmers Market

Hot dogs are a time-honored summer snack for those who’ve been lounging at the beach or walking around in the heat all day. You may enjoy yours fresh off the barbecue, etched perfectly with charcoal grill marks, during the July 4th holiday. But plenty of eateries deliver hot dogs that take it up a notch, whether lavished with cream cheese or topped with sweet relish. (But please, no ketchup — at least if you’re from Chicago.)

MONEY teamed up with Yelp to find the hottest places for a go-to dog. All the businesses on this list are in the “hot dogs” category on Yelp. “Best” is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business; we included only one business per state, in order to ensure geographic diversity.

#7 on the list is our very own Holy Dog!

7. Holydog

Holydog is a no-frills hot dog joint with a more traditional approach. Try the $3.50 NY “Brooklyn” Dog with mustard, onion sauce and kraut, or the Southwestern Dog with refried beans and chorizo. You can get a make-your-own hot dog with unlimited simple toppings for just $3, but you’ll have to add a dollar for special add-ons like bacon, chili or melted cheese.


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Check out these pictures from 6 West Baber Shop, now open at 6 West Main Street! Taken on June 15th 2018! Welcome to the neighborhood! Give them a call today! 

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2018 Ribbon Cutting for 6 West

Have you been by the Middletown BID Farmer's Market? Check out these pictures and be sure to stop by soon! Taking place Saturday Mornings from 8 AM to 1 PM, Rain or Shine on Erie Way! 


2018 Farmer's Market


Photos from the 2017 Christmas Tree Arrival at Festival Square! 

The 2017 Annual Tree Arrival

Be sure to come out for the 2018 Kids Celebration!

Join us this Saturday, June 9th at Thrall Park from 11 AM to 2 PM.

This is one of the best events of the year for the family!

Don't miss out on The A&T's House of Bounce, W.K. Wilcox Magic Show, Stewart's ice cream provided by the Middletown Teachers Association and healthy snacks by ShopRite on Dolson Ave, smoke trailer provided by Middletown Fire Department, Bus safety by Mid-City, Self-Defense for Kids demo byFit2Fight Martial Arts, Music by DJ Rey, OCSO K9 unit, and more.

We hope to see you there!