published on March 22, 2017 - 9:05 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Downtown Fresno Partnership’s annual State of Downtown event March 28 will highlight significant developments and celebrate the businesses, organizations, and partnerships that form downtown’s energy.

During happy hour, more than 15 downtown or prospective-downtown businesses will be featured at four stations. A pop-up general store will feature Fresno goods curated by downtown anchors Root General and $crap$. A café will feature Lanna Coffee Co., Valparaiso Café and Roastery, Tree of Life and Bon Gout Gelato Lounge. Another station will showcase local art and a fourth station will invite attendees to sample beers from all six downtown breweries—Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company, Full Circle Brewing Co., House of Pendragon Brewing Co., Border Hop Brewing Co., 411 ales and Spirits, and Zack’s Brewing Company. Appetizers will be provided by Casa de Tamales, Kikku Japanese Food, and Take 3.

“We wholeheartedly believe in downtown Fresno and what the future holds for it,” Cassey James, co-owner of Root General said in a statement. “Being a part of an event like the State of Downtown is a chance for us to share our enthusiasm with others and showcase how personally invested we are in the revitalization.”

A program presented by Fresno State’s Division of Continuing and Global Education (CGE) will offer attendees a glimpse at upcoming programs and downtown attractions.

“We are proud to partner with the Downtown Fresno Partnership and other downtown organizations to increase the awareness and possibilities of this pivotal area,” Dr. Scott Moore, dean of CGE, said in a statement.

The presentation will also take a look back at the progress over the last year, including more than $150 million of private development in progress or planned for Downtown Fresno.

Mayor Lee Brand will also present the prestigious Al Allen Award for downtown leadership.

The State of Downtown is being held at Warnor’s Center for Performing Arts. Happy hour begins at 4:30 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the event. Food and drinks are included in the ticket price. To purchase tickets, visit

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