Doors Open Jamestown 2018

We've announced that this year’s Doors Open Jamestown event is scheduled for Saturday, January 20, from 10 am to 5 pm at various locations across the city.

Doors Open Jamestown features free admission to greater Jamestown area attractions, raffle prizes at each location, restaurant specials, and more. The event is sponsored by Jamestown Up Close, Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce, and Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce with support from the participating attractions and merchants.

16 local attractions and nearly two dozen restaurants and retail stores partner together for this annual event to celebrate the region.

Brand new this year, a raffle for making a $10 purchase at any listed attraction, or retailer/restaurant in Downtown Jamestown! This raffle includes: 1 night stay at the new Hilton Doubletree in Downtown Jamestown, a $50 Chamber of Commerce Gift Card, $50 to a downtown restaurant of your choice, and $50 to a downtown retailer of your choice!

To enter, take a picture of your receipt clearly showing purchase amount and date (must be dated January 20), and send the picture and your name to, or stop by our information tent at AIDS Memorial Park/Wood Park (3rd and Potter's Alley), with your receipt before 5pm the day of the event!

2018 Participating Attractions (special events below each Attraction):

  • Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Road
    • Watch the animals feed between 12 and 3
  • Busti Grist Mill, 3443 Lawson Road
    • Tours of the mill and machinery
  • Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, 15 W. Third Street
    • Soup available
    • WJTN Radio on site from 10 to 11
  • Chautauqua Striders, 301 E. Second Street #102
    • Stem class drone demonstration; mentoring program display - life skill demonstration; track and field display;
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, 70 Prospect Street
    • Light refreshments
  • Dykeman-Young Gallery, 100 E. Second Street
    • Gallery will be open
  • Fenton History Center, 67 Washington Street
    • Last chance to see both the Christmas display and the Lake Room exhibit
  • Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, 301 E. Second Street #101
    • Photo booth; instrument petting zoo; roaming violin player
  • James Prendergast Public Library, 509 Cherry Street
    • Makerspace will be open - play and learn about STEM based activities
  • Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, 2 W. Third Street
    • Tropicana Room will be decorated and cookies and coffee will be available
    • Screening Room will have National Comedy Center pictorials, exhibit explanations, and a timeline
  • Martz-Kohl Observatory, 176 Robin Hill Road, Frewsburg, NY
    • Tours and educational sessions
  • Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third Street
    • Free skate from 10 to 4
  • Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third Street
    • Theater Tours
    • Movies at the Reg - Lady Bird at 8pm
  • Robert H. Jackson Center, 305 E. Fourth Street
    • Showing "Liberty Under Law: The Robert H. Jackson Story at 11am and 2pm
    • Tours, book sale, and Robert H. Jackson portraits for kids to color (will be hung in the halls)
  • Roger Tory Peterson Institute, 311 Curtis Street
    • View originals from the Peterson Collection; There will be refreshments; Promotions in the museum store
  • Spire Theater, 317 E. Third Street
    • 11am - Drum circle, some drums will be provided, bring your drum if you have one
    • 12pm - Screening of the best of 2017 Insomniac Film Festival
    • 1pm - Swing dance for dummies workshop on main stage
    • 2pm - Burlesque dance class on main stage
    • 3pm - Improv comedy workshop
    • 4pm - stand-up comedy provided by karate sleepover

2018 Participating Restaurants and Bars (Hours vary by location):

2018 Participating Retailers (Hours vary by location):

Don't forget to follow Doors Open Jamestown on Facebook to get up-to-date information and notifications about the event.

Shop Small Win Big

Shop Small Win Big

Shop Small Win Big kicks off on Small Business Saturday, November 25, and runs through December 18! This year we have doubled the total number of winners to be chosen! The concept is simple: spend $10 at any participating locally-owned retail store or restaurant in the downtown Jamestown area, and you will receive a ticket to be entered in the drawing! Check out these awesome prizes:


Here is the list of participating retail stores and restaurants:

Jamestown Skate Products

Josef's Jewelers


Lafayette Corners

Lander's Men's Store

Liquid Monkey


Little Theatre of Jamestown

Lucy- Desi

Lucy-Desi gift shop

Mini Mart

Nouveau Boutique and Salon

Oriental Star Buffet

PACE Promotions


Patient's Pharmacy

Quick Solutions

Reg Lenna

Ricky's Pawn Shop

Ring It Wireless

Rudy's Pizza


Shake It Daily


St Luke's Thrift Store

Studio D Catering

Taco Hut

Taste of India

The Pub

The Q

Trinity Guitars

Trophy House

Video Games Plus

Wine Cellar

Allen Street Diner

Basil and Bones



Brick City Market

Brick City Spirits

Brooklyn Square Café

Chautauqua Brick

Chautauqua Music

Cheeky Boutique

Cherry Lounge

Cloud City

Computer Solutions

Crown Street Roasting Company

Cycle Shop

Decorator's Gallery

Discount Discs


Dykeman Young Gallery

El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant

Enchanted Mountain Spirits

Farm Fresh Foods

Fisher's Family Restaurant


Frame & Glass Shoppe


Fresh Press Co.

Geer Dunn


Gifts, Décor, and More

Gypsy Moon Cake Co

Harvest Time


Hidden Exclusive Grill


I've Been Framed

2017 Downtown Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest

Jamestown Up Close is sponsoring a storefront decorating contest!  The contest is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season, create a festive and beautiful downtown, attract visitors to downtown Jamestown, and showcase our downtown businesses.

Participating businesses will have an opportunity to win prizes!

Grand Prize:               $1,000 media buy and press release with quote

Second Place:            $500 media buy

Third Place:                $250 media buy

People’s Choice:        $100 lunch credit to a downtown Jamestown restaurant for the employees of the winning business

Sign up for the 2017 Downtown Jamestown Storefront Holiday Decorating Contest and help make downtown Jamestown a fun place to shop this holiday season!

 Grand Prize in 2016: Forte!

Grand Prize in 2016: Forte!

Rules and Regulations:

Eligible businesses must be located in downtown Jamestown between the boundaries of Sixth St. and Harrison St., Foote Ave. and the Third Street Bridge.  To be eligible, businesses must be locally owned or independently operated, and clearly visible from the sidewalk.

How to Enter:  
A registration must be submitted to participate.  Participants may either complete and return their application by completing the online form below, or if you prefer to fill out a hard copy, click here.  Hard copies can be dropped off to the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation at 301 E. Second Street, Suite 301, or emailed to


***To be eligible for prizes, businesses must register with JRC by Thursday, November 30. *** 

The information you provide will allow us to promote your business and tell people how to find you.  All registered participants will be listed on the Jamestown Up Close website and Facebook page.

After registering, it’s time to decorate!  We encourage creativity, originality, and liberal use of lighting! Decorations need to be in place by 6pm on Friday, December 1.  Between December 1 and December 11, our panel of judges will be making the rounds and selecting the winners.  Judges for the event are community members volunteering their time to carefully check out each and every display and vote.  In addition, this year there will be a People’s Choice award, with the winner based on reactions to the photos we will display on our Facebook page. 

Photos of each registered business will be taken during the evening hours (when it’s dark) between December 1 and 3.  These photos will be posted in an album on Facebook, and will be used for voting for the People’s Choice award.  Voting for the People’s Choice award will begin Monday, December 4, and end at 5pm Sunday, December 10.

Winners will be announced during the week of December 11. 

If you have any questions about the Holiday Decorating Contest, please call Kristy Kathman at (716) 489-3495 or email her at

Thank you for participating!  Happy holidays from Jamestown Up Close!


One of the biggest challenges for Jamestown's revitalization is the financial burden of renovating historic buildings. Grants and loan programs from the city, state, and foundations are available to help fill financial gaps however developers often need more support to sensitively restore older buildings and carry projects through to completion. Beginning in 2013, the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) worked closely with the City to formally nominate the downtown Jamestown commercial district for historic designation. By November 2014, the district and just over 100 downtown properties were listed on both the State and National historic registers. With the downtown district listed, JRC turned its sights to Lakeview Avenue in 2015 with over 200 properties. The NYS and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs can be combined to cover 40% of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.

For the Downtown Jamestown Historic District, securing the historical designations means that most property owners can tap into historic preservation tax credits, one of the most lucrative and effective subsidies of recent years. The current federal and New York State tax credit programs have enabled much of the recent revitalization work in Buffalo and other parts of the state. Giving Jamestown property owners access to this subsidy significantly increases the chances of renovation downtown, improves the quality of the downtown environment, and increases the inventory of available space. Over time, this stimulates demand which brings new investments, rising rents, higher property values, a more stable financial picture for building owners, and a stronger tax base for the city.

The Lakeview Historic District is a unique opportunity to benefit our community, because unlike most states, New York State offers historic preservation tax credits to homeowners. This is the first residential neighborhood in Jamestown to be nominated. JRC worked with the State Historic Preservation Office to define the boundaries of the Lakeview district to be as broad as possible so that a large number of property owners would be eligible for the tax credits. Ultimately, over 200 properties were included in the designation. In December of last year, the nominating paperwork was approved by the State Preservation Review Board which added the district to the state register. It is now awaiting approval at the federal level.



Thursday March 2, 2:30-4:30 PM

Wright Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Reg Lenna Center for the Arts

116 East 3rd St, Jamestown

Presented by Julian Adams, NYS Parks and

Jason Yots, Preservation Studios



Thursday March 2, 6:30-8:00 PM

Christ First United Methodist Church

663 Lakeview Ave, Jamestown

Presented by Sloane Bullough and

Jennifer Walkowski, NYS Parks

Realtors, contractors, business and home owners, community leaders and anyone who wants to learn about new opportunities for community reinvestment should attend. These workshops are free and open to the public however advance registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. Please RSVP by February 27th by calling Mary Maxwell at 716-664-2477 ext. 224 and indicate Commercial or Homeowner.

To be eligible, your home or property must be located in the Lakeview Historic District or the Downtown Jamestown Historic District. For more information, call Larry Moss at (518) 268-2187. You can also learn more by visiting: