Friday, September 16, 2016

Running Princess Apparel in Downtown Corvallis Receives Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for Best New Business (Photo)

RUNNING PRINCESS APPAREL IN DOWNTOWN CORVALLIS RECEIVES EXCELLENCE IN DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION AWARD FOR BEST NEW BUSINESS (PHOTO)


News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: September 16th, 2016 6:58 AM
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Running Princess Apparel in downtown Corvallis received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best New Business" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. The Best New Business Award recognizes an outstanding new downtown business that opened between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016. Lu An Carone-Rhodes, Owner, Running Princess Apparel, was on hand to accept the award.

"I am honored and thrilled to receive this award," said Lu An Carone-Rhodes, Owner, Running Princess Apparel. "While I feel very humble, I am also extremely delighted with my business and a long-time supporter of both downtown Corvallis and Albany."

Running Princess Apparel is a new athleisure wear store in downtown Corvallis. Lu An bought the small, online company in 2015. She expanded the ecommerce side of the business, but dreamed of having her own storefront. Knowing location was very important, she waited six months for the perfect spot to open up. In the new location, she was able to add new lines of athleisure wear and now employs two full-time and four part-time employees.

But the impact on downtown goes beyond the storefront. They started three walking groups that all begin and end at the store and wind through downtown. They are in the process of partnering with others to provide health and fitness workshops and classes in their store. They also offer package pick-up for races they sponsor which can bring anywhere from 100-500 people into the downtown core.

"Running Princess Apparel is a wonderful addition to downtown Corvallis," says Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. "Not only have they created a warm and inviting environment, but they have created new jobs and are bringing new customers to the district."

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Oregon Main Street is part of Heritage Programs, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. For more information about Oregon Main Street, visit www.oregonheritage.org or contact Sheri Stuart at 503-986-0679 or sheri.stuart@oregon.gov.
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