“I am because we are”

DREAM Community Partners are a cohort of small businesses and specialty vendors working together to help Downtown Summerville become a better place to dine, shop, visit and stay! Community Partners receive value pricing for event participation, expanded marketing and B2B connections. 

DREAM membership is required to participate as a vendor in community events. Membership investment is for 12-months based on your anniversary date and is designed to be affordable, and value based as “a rising tide lifts all boats.” There is no additional required involvement, however, your participation is a direct reflection of return on investment.

DREAM Community Partners are recognized as trusted advisors and share the benefits of working together to meet market challenges, community trends and sales disruptions. DREAM Community Partners embrace the “I am because we are” mindset and together we all succeed.

Value of DREAM

Est. 1992 D.R.E.A.M. is an acronym for Downtown, Redevelopment, Economic And Management.

In the late 80’s early 90’s there was over 18% vacancy in downtown Summerville buildings. Small business was challenged from big box stores, malls, and discount/wholesale warehouse franchises. Local merchants established DREAM to support small businesses within the historic downtown area. They recognized that local retail and restaurants continued to be the heart of the community and that if they lost the downtown the history and community values would be compromised or forgotten.

DREAM operates in the “Main Street” format. We are a nonpolitical nonprofit organization with a self-selected board of directors and four different committees (design, economic vitality, promotions, and organization) comprised from business owners, town staff, community leaders and entrepreneurs. DREAM meets frequently with all stakeholders to identify market trends and respond to different challenges from evolving community demographics, emerging markets, online shopping, just in time inventory (or lack of inventory) and general competition. We embrace the concept of “I am because we are” so everyone continually works towards the same goals & outcomes.

DREAM continues to find creative solutions to help small businesses reinvest in themselves and reinforce the Summerville historic district as that “great good place.” Our results over the past 30 years demonstrates that we have held true to our community core values and history while welcoming new businesses and innovations. Our storefront vacancy is minimal and new significant infill downtown development is happening at vigorous speed. Historic Downtown Summerville will always be evolving, and DREAM is dedicated to help lead with a steadfast eye on new horizons, small business expansion and development integrity.

DREAM Highlights

Repositioned the downtown as the Entertainment district

  • Third Thursday Street Fair
  • Sweet Tea Festival
  • Christmas Parade
  • Summerville Skates
  • Adventure Weekend
  • Music Fest (Concert175)
  • Farmers Market

Established a multimedia marketing and outreach program with direct to customer approach with statistical analysis and review.

  • Created Shop Summerville Ap with geofencing and push tech
  • Multimedia advertisement battle cry strategies and special campaigns
  • Individual digital media creation of downtown business
  • Data supported connection pieces supported direct to consumer


Advertisement Opportunities 
DREAM has unique marketing and sponsorship opportunities throughout the year. Have your company recognized as a contributing business of Third Thursday, Christmas Parade, Sweet Tea Festival and other DREAM events.

For more information, contact us today!



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(843) 821-7260


100 S. Main St suite "H" 
Summerville, SC 29483