Urban Living events promote downtown, businesses

By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Generation Charleston will host Urban Living 2012 this week to promote the advantages of "living, working, and playing" downtown.The three-day event begins Tuesday with the sixth annual Loft Walk at 5 p.m. Loft Walk starts at Adelphia Sports Bar on Capitol Street. From there, guests can walk or ride a trolley to the newly renovated lofts. A tour guide will lead attendees to the properties in the Charmco Building, Kanawha Banking & Trust Building and 225 Hale St.A reception after the Loft Walk will be held at Adelphia until 8:30 p.m. for guests, Realtors, property managers and property owners.A launch party for the Charleston Area Alliance's new initiative, Thrive, will be hosted at DigiSo, 1506 Kanawha Blvd., at 5:30 p.m.Earlier this month, a blind panel selected nine Kanawha Valley-based businesses with 30 or fewer employees that each produced 60-second pitch videos to promote their business and need for crowd funds.Guests will pay $20, which permits them to vote for one of the nine business's videos that they want to support. The entrepreneur with the most votes will receive $20, multiplied by the number of attendees, as cash for them to keep as an investment in their business.
The fund also will include a $1,000 prize through the support of Vision Shared and Industrial Bolting. Other partners in Thrive include the Arts Council of West Virginia, Create West Virginia, DigiSo, Generation Charleston and BB&T.Urban Living 2012 ends Thursday with the Downtown ArtWalk. The monthly Charleston Area Alliance event is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m.The Urban Living ArtWalk will include an electronic scavenger hunt, according to the Alliance. Prior to ArtWalk, photographic clues will be posted on the Generation Charleston's Facebook page. When a clue is located that night participants must take a photo of themselves in front of the art clue and post it to the Generation Charleston Facebook page to enter. The participant with the most correct pictures will win a prize.For information on the Urban Living event or Generation Charleston visit www.charlestonareaalliance.org. All of Urban Living events are open to the public.To register for the Thrive launch event go to https://www.charlestonareaalliance.org/events/detail.aspx?Eventid=891
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