Outdoor Fireplace in Downtowns: Good Municipal Infastructure
During my time on the Frankfort Village Board, we often spent time in committees talking about the type of amenities that the government should undertake/build to make our downtown a bit more appealing. Benches, water fountains, public restrooms all came up. Those are easy. They're all things that the local government can build that help bring shoppers down to your downtown. That's always the goal: improving the experience, which leads to more sales tax dollars. You know what we didn't think about? An outdoor fireplace. Too often, I think, we focused on the warmer months, but shoppers are out and about in the winter.
I saw this one (above) in Holland Michigan. Theirs is gas powered and just about always on. While I was standing there waiting for Nat to finish up at Tip Toes, I saw a few different groups of shoppers stop by for a brief warm-up. The fireplace was working!