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2009 Calendar of Events

TASTE OF SOUTHCOAST Sunday, May 17 AHA! WALKING TOURS Thursday, June 11 AHA! KIDS RULE Thursday, July 9 GREATER NEW BEDFORD SUMMERFEST Friday, July 3, Saturday, July 4 & Sunday, July 5 AHA! NB CULTURES Thursda,y August 13 AHA! PORT: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE Thursday, September 10 NEW BEDFORD SEAPORT CHOWDER FESTIVAL Sunday, September 13 WORKING WATERFRONT FESTIVAL Saturday, September 26 & Saturday, September 27 DOWNTOWN HOLIDAY STROLL Saturday, December 5 & Sunday, December 6 CITY CELEBRATES! NEW YEAR’S EVE December 31, 2009

Bed & Breakfast  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 2 Colleges & Universities .  .  .  .  .  . 2 Festivals  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 3
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Hotels/Motels  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 4

Museums  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 5 Points of Interest  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 5 Eateries  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 7

Shopping  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 9

Services  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 11

Transportation  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 12

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Bed & Breakfasts
+ Melville House Bed & Breakfast
100 Madison St. This elegantly restored 1855 Italianate mansion was once occupied by Herman Melville’s sister. The author himself found comfort here in the 1860s. Private baths, A/C, cable TV. 508.990.1566.

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 Greater New Bedford Summerfest July 3,  & , 2009

+ Davenport House Bed & Breakfast
124 Cottage St. This wonderful 1912 home is one of the few remaining examples of Jacobethan architecture. Bathroom options include double shower/ steamer and jacuzzi/tub. Cable TV, A/C, wireless internet. 508.999.1177.

This annual folk festival in the Whaling National Historical Park features seven stages of entertainment, 90 booths of crafters, a food court with an assortment of delectable offerings, and children’s activities. 508.979.1568. www.,
 New Bedford Seaport Chowder Festival September 13, 2009

+ Orchard Street Manor
139 Orchard St. “#1 B&B in New Bedford” according to Standard-Times readers. Experience New Bedford’s past in whaling Captain Benjamin Clark’s home, expanded in 1903 by cotton-mill baron Henry L. Tiffany. 508.984.3475.

From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Custom House Square approximately 30 area restaurants will serve their best clam, quahog and seafood chowders plus kale soup under a circus-size tent. Art, live music and free children’s activities. 508.990.2777.
 Taste Our Southcoast - Cuisine And Music May 17, 2009

Colleges & Universities

SouthCoast’s finest restaurants, caterers, and bakeries serve portions of their signature dishes under a huge tent at Custom House Square from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Live music. 508.990.2777.
6 Working Waterfront Festival September 26 & 27, 2007

Bristol Community College

188 Union St. BCC’s full-service New Bedford Campus offers career and transfer credit programs as well as workforce training & other noncredit courses, Adult Basic Education, GED prep, and Weekend College program also available. 508.984.8226.
2 University Of Massachusetts Dartmouth College of Visual & Performing Arts

An award winning, family-friendly waterfront event celebrating New England’s commercial fishing industry. Live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, vessel and harbor tours, and much more. 508.993.8894. www.

715 Purchase St. CVPA’s New Bedford campus features state-of-the-art studios, classrooms and galleries to accommodate graduate and undergraduate programs in ceramics, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry/metals, textile design/fiber arts and wood/furniture design. 508.999.8904. wwwumassd. edu/cvpa
3 University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Professional & Continuing Education


Arthur Moniz Gallery

22 William St. A working artist for over 30 years, Arthur Moniz has created the area’s largest collection of New Bedford & New England paintings & prints. Also available: paintings by other 19th & 20th century artists, antiques, authentic scrimshaw & whalebone items. 508.997.8644. www. arthurmonizgallery. com

800 Purchase St. The Professional and Continuing Education Center serves the community with adult and youth educational programs and with job training and skills development opportunities. 508.990.1160.

Crowell’s Fine Art

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382 Acushnet Ave. A contemporary gallery and archival custom frame shop. New owner Kate Levin continues the tradition of quality and service that offers fine art for sale, custom archival framing, museum quality restoration, and consulting services. 508.992.5231.

+ Fort Taber Historical Association & Military Museum
Fort Taber Park. Illustrates the history of the fortification and military installations that were once part of the Fort Rodman complex and also collects and displays the history of New Bedford area veterans. Call for hours. Admission is free. 508.994.3938.

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New Bedford Art Museum


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608 Pleasant St. Participate in the rebirth of New Bedford’s rich artistic heritage. Linger and learn as you stroll through the museum’s Skylight Gallery. Contemporary and historic art by local national and international artists. 508.961.3072.

169 William St. A non-profit cooperative gallery of visual, performing and literary artists offering exhibits of regional artists, theater and musical events, poetry readings, film screenings and more. Visit our Something X-tra shop for unique hand-made gifts. 508.992.2675.

+ New Bedford Fire Museum
51 Bedford St. Fun for the whole family. Slide down the brass pole, ring the fire bell, view the meticulously restored 19th century hand-pump engines. Located in what was until 1979 the oldest, continuously operating fire station in the country. 508.992.2162.

Judith Klein Art Gallery

752A Purchase St. One of the area’s finest artists exhibits her own work as well as that of other talented local artists and artisans. A superb collection of paintings, high crafts, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, photography and unique gift items. 508.965.7396.

New Bedford Whaling Museum

University Art Gallery

18 Johnny Cake Hill. The largest museum in America devoted to the history of American whaling and its greatest port. Paintings, prints, scrimshaw, art glass – all this plus the Lagoda, the world’s biggest ship model. 508.997.0046. www.

715 Purchase St. Located on the first floor of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Gallery offers changing exhibitions of local, national and international art. No charge for admission. 508.999.8555. www.umassd. edu/universityartgallery

Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum

+ Comfort Inn
171 Faunce Corner Rd., Dartmouth. 84 spacious guest rooms with coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, in-room movies, and internet access. Complimentary breakfast buffet, seasonal outdoor pool & patio. Pet friendly (with fee). 508.996.0800.

396 County St. This National Landmark Greek Revival mansion is the perfect example of New Bedford’s “brave houses and flowery gardens” described by Herman Melville in Moby-Dick. Its period rooms and exhibits chronicle the evolution of the city. 508.997.1401.

Points of Interest

AHA! (Art, History, Architecture) Project

+ Days Inn / Whaler Banquet & Conference Center
500 Hathaway Rd., New Bedford. Modern guest rooms feature satellite television, coffee makers, internet access. Jacuzzi rooms, indoor year-round mineral pool and laundry facilities also available. Complimentary continental breakfast. Pet friendly. 508.997.1231.

Experience AHA! when downtown museums, galleries, nonprofits, shops and restaurants host a monthly night of FREE art and cultural exhibits and performances for adults and kids. Every second Thursday from 5- 9pm. 508.996.8253 ext. 205.


+ Hampton Inn Fairhaven
1 Hampton Way, Fairhaven. 107 beautiful guest rooms with many amenities including wireless high speed internet, cable TV with free HBO channel, exercise gym, seasonal outdoor pool and on-the-house hot breakfast. 508.990.8500.

384 Acushnet Ave. Downtown’s most interactive art center. Experience the constant energy of creativity on all three levels of this historic building: exhibitions, gallery, workshops, studios and classrooms. Something for everyone! 508.984.1588.

+ Buttonwood Park Zoo
425 Hawthorn St. Called “one of the finest zoos in the United States,” this modern facility features 30 exhibits and over 200 animals including Asian elephants. Visit a New England farm and the Aquatics Environment Center. Located in a beautiful 97-acre park. 508.991.6178.

+ Residence Inn By Marriot
181 Faunce Corner Rd., Dartmouth. 96-unit all-suite hotel, complete with full kitchens, high-speed internet access, indoor pool, exercise room, laundry facilities, 24-hour on-site convenience store, and full buffet breakfast. Pet friendly. 508.984.5858.

City Hall

133 William St. Built in 1857, New Bedford’s City Hall is home to the oldest operating elevator in the United States, a unique semicircular affair with padded bench for passengers. 508.979.1400. For more information visit


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Seamen’s Bethel

18 Johnny Cake Hill. Built in 1832, the Bethel was the setting for the famous chapter in Moby-Dick in which Father Mapple preaches his sermon on Jonah and the Whale. Still an active church, it is open to the public when possible. 508.992.3295.

Waterfront Visitor Center - Wharfinger Building

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52 Fisherman’s Wharf. Once the City’s fish auction house, the Center welcomes visitors to New Bedford’s busy harbor. It features exhibits on our commercial fishery including a film on port operations. 508.979.1745. www.

Whaling City Expeditions


Nathan and Polly Johnson House

21 Seventh St. Among the city’s best known black activists of the 1800s, the Johnsons sheltered Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna when they fled north from slavery in 1838.

Located next to the Waterfront Visitor Center. Fun and informative 70minute launch tours of New Bedford’s harbor and working waterfront. Also available for charter and sunset cruises. 508.984.4979,

+ Your Theatre
136 Rivet St. (St. Martin’s Church Hall) A non-profit community theatre in continuous operation since 1946. Your Theatre produces 4 to 7 quality stage productions each year, drawing talent from the city and surrounding communities. 508.993.0772.

+ New Bedford Bay Sox
Member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League since 1997 and the most recent addition to the New Bedford sports scene. Games played at Paul Walsh Field beginning June 4.

New Bedford Free Public Library (Central Branch)

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

613 Pleasant St. Home of the famed Whaleman’s Statue, Lewis Temple Statue and one of the best permanent art collections in Southeastern Mass. 508.991.6275.

684 Purchase St. This historic performing arts center hosts world class performances year round – plays, jazz, dance, musicals, comedy, blues, pop and family programs. 508.994.2900.

+ New Bedford Preservation Society
388 County St. Protecting the city’s architectural landscape since 1974. Learn about the city’s architecture and history on our biannual historic house tours and summer walking tours. 508.997.6425.



New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park Visitor Center
33 William St. Housed in a former bank built in 1853 during the golden age of whaling, the center features interpretive exhibits, free daily walking tours in season and information about area attractions. 508.996.4095.


163 Union St. Pizzeria Napoletana. Wood fire brick oven pizza. A full menu of gourmet pizza Napoletana, plus antipasti, calzoni and create-your-own tomato pies. 508.999.4943. www.brickpizzeria.blogspot. com

Catwalk Bar & Grille

Ocean Explorium at New Bedford Seaport

174 Union St. A center for public education with particular emphasis on environmental stewardship and science literacy. Features “Science on a Sphere,” described by Time Magazine as ”one of the top ten inventions of 2006.” 508.994.5400.

34 Union St. Just steps from the waterfront, ferries, Whaling Museum and Zeiterion, the Catwalk offers fresh seafood, steaks, sandwiches, an extensive appetizer menu and 24 beers on tap. Seasonal roof deck. 508.994.3355. www.

Cork Wine & Tapas Bar

Pilgrim United Church of Christ

635 Purchase St. Everyone welcome! Adult Sunday School, Youth Sunday School. Sunday Worship Service, Vacation Bible School. Historic tour (by appointment) features Tiffany mosaic and window. 508.997.9086. Email:

90 Front Street Upscale locale in Downtown New Bedford. Over 200 selections of wines. Expansive tapas menu with international flair. Weekly Tastings & Live Music. Tues 9pm-2am, Wed & Thurs 3pm-midnight, Fri & Sat 3pm1am

Destination Soups

Schooner Ernestina

141 Union St. Fresh homemade soups, sandwiches and seasonal sides. Come in for a regular bowl or a bread bowl – or take a quart home for dinner. Delicious! 508.991.SOUP.

South side of State Pier. This 115-year-old National Landmark is the official sailing ship of the Commonwealth of Mass. Among her many achievements, she was the last sailing vessel in regular service to bring immigrants to the United States. 508.992.4900.

Dunkin’ Donuts

231 Union St. Downtown runs on Dunkin! Specializing in America’s favorite coffees. Now with delicious breakfast and lunch menu. 508.997.3047. For more information visit


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Freestone’s City Grill

41 William St. Dining and socializing in a 130-year-old bank building restored in 1979. We feature award-winning chowder, creative salads and sandwiches, Black Angus steaks, fresh seafood and a children’s menu. 508.993.7477.

Hibernia Irish Pub


Isaiah’s Restaurant Downtown

562 Pleasant St. Home cooking in a friendly atmosphere. Serving breakfast from open ‘til close, lunch & dinner, fresh seafood, daily specials. Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 7:00 AM-2:00 PM; Fri. 7:00 AM-8:00 PM; Sat. 7:00 AM-2:00 PM; Sun. 8:00 AM-2 PM. 508.999.6037.

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109 William St. Experience the feel of a real Irish Pub. Hibernia offers a choice of more than 30 beers. The kitchen serves classics such as homemade shepherd’s pie and fish & chips. Traditional Irish music every Sunday at 4:00. 508.984.HIBE.


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Miguel’s American & Portuguese Restaurant

253 Union St. Breakfast and lunch served daily, with American favorites and downtown New Bedford’s only authentic home-cooked Portuguese luncheon specials. Enjoy our Sumol Fruit Drink, Cappuccino or Espresso. Eat in or call for take-out. 508.990.8781.

813 Purchase Street Offering fresh, healthy and delicious Mexican style food this is the place to go for sit-down meals, carry-out, a drink, or to sample from the late-night menu. Weekly DJs & Live Music. Small city business, big city attitude. Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri & Sat 11am-midnight 508-984-1081

On A Roll - Specialty Sandwiches


149 Union St. Café / Deli serving coffee, light breakfast, homemade baked goods, specialty sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, desserts, Del’s frozen lemonade and more. Seasonal outdoor seating. 508.991.5200. Email:

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26 Centre St. A modern jewelry store located on New Bedford’s oldest street and featuring an amazing selection of sterling silver, 14K gold and designer jewelry. Tues - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Sundays (Summer & Holiday Season) 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. 508.990.1300.

Pic-a-deli Convenience Store Biltmore Package Shop, Inc.
650 Pleasant St. Beer, wine and spirits. Located across from City Hall. Fullservice Mass Lottery agent. Open 8:00 - 9:00 daily. 508.992.2535.

660 Pleasant St. Serving Boar’s Head brand deli meats and sandwiches. Enjoy homemade muffins with a cup of our famous Rachel’s gourmet coffee. Daily specials, soups and salads also available. Take-out only. 508.992.6902.

Spicy Lime Thai Cuisine

Blush Beauty Bar

522 Pleasant St. Best Thai food around! Stimulate your taste buds, satisfy your adventurous side and your international appetite with dozens of Thai specialties such as Tom Yum, Emerald Salmon, Padthai and more. No MSG or transfats. 508.992.3330.

29 Centre St. A cosmetic, skin care and fragrance boutique for both men and women offering popular products and hard-to-find brands. Professional makeup services including lessons, parties, and applications for weddings and other special occasions. 508.991.2272.

Candleworks Restaurant


72 N. Water St. Enjoy a unique, romantic, five-star dining experience in a nineteenth century setting of granite walls and beam ceilings. Voted “Most Elegant” by Standard-Times readers. Live entertainment Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun. 508.997.1294.

Corner Café

173 Union Street Well-edited vintage shop specializing in on-trend women’s clothing from the 60’s through 80’s. With a focus on dresses ranging from timeless to trendy, Calico also stocks the most covetable vintage accessories, bags, shoes, and sunglasses, as well as unique new designer labels. Hours: Open Mon. – Sat. 12 – 6, Sun. 12 – 4, and until 9pm on the second Thursday of every month for AHA! 508-999-4147

242 Union St. Read, watch TV, use your computer in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Serving Boston’s Best coffee as well as cappuccino, latte, regular and flavored teas, fresh muffins and pastries, homemade soups and sandwiches. 508.996.4141.é

Carter’s Clothing

55 William St. Work & casual clothing featuring Levi’s, Woolrich, Timberland, Carhartt, Nike and Adidas (at prices that can’t be beat). 508.993-8221.

The Green Bean

Celia’s Boutique

740 Purchase St. Relax in this unique downtown café with a full menu including homemade baked goods, fresh squeezed juice and Smoothies, soups, sandwiches, espresso drinks and wireless internet. 508.984.3300.

800 Purchase St. Fine woman’s clothing. Founded in 2002 out of shear love for fine fashions. Business, business-casual and all-occasion attire; fragrances, leather handbags, and more. Fashion consultation by appointment. 508.994.3833. For more information visit


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7 Crystal Garden / Doll’s Closet Green Lantern / This and That

772 Purchase St. Four shops under one roof. Crystal Garden – crystals, fossils, semi-precious stones, jewelry. Doll’s Closet – Tea parties and clothing to fit 15” and 18” American Girl dolls. Green Lantern – Byers Choice carolers, jewelry & souvenirs. This and That – Country and seasonal gifts, furniture and jewelry. 508.993.9420

The White Bouquet Florist Shop

763 Purchase St. Unique contemporary floral arrangements. Specializing in wedding design and event concept, birthdays, anniversaries and sympathy arrangements. Free consultations by appointment. 508.993.5755. Email:
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Christian Science Reading Room

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274 Union St. Christian Science Literature: Bibles, large print and foreign language; children’s books; tapes. Tues. & Thurs. 10:00 AM-1:00 PM; Sat. 10:00 AM-12:00 NOON. All are welcome. 508.992.5902.

100 William St. Custom, affordable art and unique gifts by over 20 local artists. Pottery, stained glass, clothing, photos, prints, paintings, cards, custom jewelry and more. We also carry fine retail lines such as Maruca Handbags and Jenness Farms soaps. 508.992.8100.

Clara’s Boutique

89 North Water St. Specializing in prom, pageant, and dance competition attire. Fashions for the mother of the bride or groom, as well as for any other special occasion. Evening and sunday appointments available. 508.984.7567.

Travessia Winery

760 Purchase St. An urban winery producing white and red wines made with grapes grown exclusively in Southeastern Massachusetts. Wine drinker? Visit us. We’re open every weekday for tasting and sales from noon to 6:00 PM. 774.929.6534.

Converse Photo Supply

10 North Sixth St. Downtown’s only full-service camera store. Custom One Hour developing for 35mm film, digital cards and CDs. Film, batteries, professional advice & more. 508.992.3910.

Vetu Gifts & Fine Consignment

Elaine’s T-shirts & Costumes Home of the Black Whale

148 Union St. A unique shop featuring a fun and eclectic selection of gifts and specializing in personalized baby items and jewelry. We also have the area’s top selection of pre-loved, brand name designer clothing and accessories. 508.990.8388.

767 Purchase St. The Black Whale logo captures the spirit of Historic New Bedford on a variety of products – sweatshirts, t-shirts, mugs, aprons, beach towels, stickers. Costumes also available to rent or purchase. 508.999.2166.


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Moby Dick Retail

27 William St. Specializing in fine and unique nautical gifts and jewelry – Nantucket baskets, boats, Woodwick Candles, Healy doorknockers, scrimshaw novelties, and more. 508.996.114.

105 William St. A non-profit organization representing all downtown stakeholders and dedicated to making the heart of the city an economically healthy, welcoming, vibrant place to work, live, and visit. 508.990.2777. www.

The Artificial Marketplace

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

104 William St. A Vintage Shop. Books, retro fittings, housewares, furniture, records, and you’ll be amazed what else. Open 7 days a week. 508.971.8989.

874 Purchase St. Complete family health and dental care with a focus on the uninsured and under-served. Prenatal and and pediatric services, WIC nutrition program, confidential teen clinic, HIV/AIDS, podiatry, nutrition, eye care, much more. 508.992.6553.

The Bay / Cottage

89 North Water St. Upscale attire for men and women who appreciate personal service, quality and careful alterations. Brands offered include Vera Bradley, Hart Schaffner Marx, Jack Victor, Joseph Abboud, Tony Bahama. 508.992.5700/508.991.4500.

mediumstudio / mediumstudio is a full service graphic design studio that provides high end product for print, internet and video as well as a range of marketing, PR & project management services.

The Bedford Merchant

New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce

28 William St. Byers’ Choice, Yankee Candles, Crabtree & Evelyn, Willow Tree Angels and other unique gifts. Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:00 AM-5:00 PM; Sun. 12 Noon-4:00 PM seasonal. 508.997.9194.

794 Purchase St. Serving more than 1000 member businesses while advocating advancement, economic growth and job creation for the benefit of New Bedford and the SouthCoast region. 508.999.5231. www.newbedfordchamber. com For more information visit


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Cuttyhunk Ferry Company, Inc.

66 B State Pier, south side. Daily trips to scenic and historic Cuttyhunk Island. Friday evening sunset cruises. Also available for charters and special events, seal watches, school groups and island tours. 508.992.0200. www.

Be sure to visit the rest of New Bedford’s culture-rich neighborhoods, festivals, and culinary delights!

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New England Fast Ferry Company

49 State Pier, New Bedford. Arrive on Martha’s Vineyard first! Year-round, daily, one-hour passenger service aboard New England’s most luxurious ferry. 866-MVFERRY (866.683.3779). Online reservations, directions & schedules at www.

+ Blue Bird Cab
“Anytime & Anywhere.” Exceptional service, clean and comfortable cabs, good drivers. VISA/MC accepted. Hours: 24-7. 508.999.1124 or toll free 1.866.999.1124.

+ Yellow Cab
987 Pleasant St. Quality, safe and reliable customer transportation has defined Yellow Cab for over 37 years. 24-hour service. To ensure the best taxi and wheelchair service, call 508.999.5213.


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25 South Water St. Offering 6,000 square feet of recreational, health and wellness opportunities, including swimming pool, racquetball courts, indoor track, stadium stairs, rockclimbing wall, gym, aerobics classes and more. Daily guest passes available. 508.997.0734.

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downtown new bedford, inc.
Downtown New Bedford, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization representing all downtown stakeholders: property owners, business people and residents. Our goal is to make the heart of our city an economically healthy, welcoming, vibrant place to work, live, shop, dine and visit.


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