Main Street merchants save Vancouvers cruisein

first_imgLadies and gentlemen, start your engines! While you can’t Cruise the Gut this summer, on July 15 you can definitely Cruise the Couve.“When it was clear that (Cruise the Gut organizer) Phil (Medina) was going to back out, a bunch of local businesses all sat in a room and figured out how to move forward,” said Bryan Shull, the owner of Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver’s Uptown Village. “The businesses that stepped up to help from Day One … are all on Main Street,” he said. Shull is now the project manager and owner of a new organization called Cruise the Couve, which has jump-started the mobile homage to vintage cars that Medina launched in 2009 but decided not to stage this year — taking much of Vancouver’s car-loving community by surprise. Hot rods and worshippers would have swarmed downtown Vancouver anyway, Shull said, and area merchants would have welcomed them. What would have been missing, though, is the infrastructure and organization needed to keep a mass takeover of downtown by big moving machines from getting out of hand. “This event has its own weather,” Shull said. “Angry people would have shown up anyway, blaming the city for this and that. Even if it was half the size it was before, that would be 10,000 or 15,000 people showing up — with no infrastructure.”last_img read more