By Rachel Combs—
Muncie, IN— Patterson Block Muncie is hosting a grand opening celebration on Thursday, August 5th from 5:00 to 8:00 pm during the Arts Walk in downtown Muncie. This will be a family-friendly event with food vendors, live music, games, giveaways, local artist displays and more. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00 pm.
The Patterson building was built in 1876 by Arthur F. Patterson and is one of the largest historic buildings in downtown Muncie at a staggering 21,000 square feet. This iconic building’s newest owner is Kimberly Ferguson, a native Hoosier and Ball State graduate. She is the founder and owner of Pink Leaf: A Learning Company, owner of Patterson Block Muncie and a local real estate investor. She is involved in many Muncie organizations and is a wife and mother of two. Kimberly is proud to raise her family and invest in Central Indiana.
There are five other businesses owned by women located in Patterson Block Muncie, including Debbie’s Handmade Soap, Sea Salt & Cinnamon, Bloom & Be: Therapy and Education Services, Runaround Soup and Danielle’s Bistro. Patterson Block also houses City Hope Fellowship and Adopt-a-Hive.
The grand opening event will commemorate the official opening of the building and its businesses to the public. There will be tours of the building every thirty minutes throughout the evening as well as food vendors, live music, an instrument petting zoo by the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, face painting, balloon art, local artist displays, giveawaysand more.
When asked about the event, owner Kimberly Ferguson says, “The goal of this event is to connect the community to the many resources that Patterson Block Muncie has to offer and to thank Muncie for supporting local small businesses.”