We're Grateful to You, Marietta

Now that July is upon us and summer is officially here, we wanted to shout from the mountaintops our immense gratitude for our Save Our Flowers campaign donors.

Because of you, Marietta, and the support of many, over 300 beautiful purple petunia flower baskets are hanging throughout downtown Marietta and Harmar Village. 

Every year, Marietta Main Street fundraises over $12,000 to fund downtown beautification. From flags to flowers to clean sweeps and more, our downtown beautification program requires a lot of heavy lifting from volunteers, donors, and our downtown business community. In 2016, Marietta Main Street invested $92k in direct support and volunteerism into downtown beautification, and we look to continue growing our impact with each year!

Please, share in gratitude with us as we uplift each donor to our Save Our Flowers Campaign. Each and every dollar donated continues to make a significant impact, and we are oh so grateful. We had a goal of raising $4k and we successfully raised $4,350.

All funds raised from our Save Our Flowers Campaign go directly to supporting watering and maintenance from May to September, a task that takes at least 20 hours a week, each and every day.

Thank you to our generous donors:

  • Katrina Bell
  • Stephanie Biehl
  • George Biggs
  • Sarah Bird
  • Rebecca Bowles
  • Jane Brewer
  • Mary Broughton
  • Sandra Burke
  • Denise Craig
  • Brian Edgar
  • Linda Ellis
  • Adriana Euser
  • Nancy Hathaway
  • Frances Hupp
  • Vicki Hurte
  • Lynda Houck
  • Nancy Jones
  • Charles Meeks
  • Holly Reed
  • Erin Riordan-Dye
  • Robert Ritchey
  • Bobby Rosenstock
  • William Ruud
  • Laura Rush
  • Tiffany Sams
  • Denise Schwendeman
  • Brandon Stewart
  • Brittni Stewart
  • Catherine Taylor
  • Angel Thomas
  • Patricia Troisi
  • Katheryn Wesel
  • Eleanor Wiggins
  • Natalie Wood
  • Janet Worstell
  • Marietta College
  • Marietta Health Systems
  • Offenberger & White
  • The Parmer Family & Parmer Family Charitable Fund
  • Mrs. Teri Ann Zide & Teri Ann's Charitable Fund
  • Jay Huck & L.E. Huck & Sons Greenhouse
  • Johnny Carpenter & The Historic Lafayette Hotel

10 Reasons to Visit Downtown Marietta

It only takes one visit to Marietta, Ohio to absolutely fall in love. From our past to the present and looking forward to our future, the passion of Marietta’s community can be felt wherever you walk. Downtown Marietta is truly the heart of our town, and although you don’t need a reason to visit what we know will be your new favorite place, we’ve decided to give you ten anyway! 

1.       It All Started Here

Marietta is Ohio’s First Adventure. Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers, Marietta has served as the threshold to western expansion. Established in 1788 as the first permanent settlement of the Northwest Territory, Marietta has retained its history with a large historic downtown and many Victorian era homes. As one of the oldest and most intact historic districts in southern Ohio, Marietta boasts a healthy mix of cultural sites. Museums, walking tours, and a number of historic sites make the Marietta area a great place to visit for anyone looking for a weekend immersed in the past!

2.       Adventure is Our Middle Name

National Geographic Adventure has ranked Marietta #1 in outdoor recreation in the state of Ohio and a Top 100 Adventure Town in the U.S.. Marietta is central to six different trail systems with over 200 miles of trail in a 45-minute radius of our downtown. We are home to the North Bend Rail Trail that offers an additional 70+ miles for recreational bike riders and over 30 miles of track for mountain biking. That, paired with our location on the confluence of two rivers and adjacent to Ohio’s only national forest, allows the outdoor adventurer full access to biking, hiking, kayaking, and more all within a few miles of our commercial district.

3.       We Love to Eat

Downtown Marietta is home to over 22 eateries and restaurants, ranging from Mediterranean to Indian to Mexican to Asian Fusion and more. Marietta’s craft brewery serves as an anchor for craft beer lovers while pizza lovers have their fair share of choices with a wide-variety of restaurants to choose from. Whether it’s casual dining or fine dining, indoor seating or outdoor seating, a date night or a business lunch, downtown Marietta’s hot spots for dining local are guaranteed to satisfy.

4.       Shop ‘Til You Drop

There is no shortage of downtown shopping - you can pick up your next pair of leather boots at the oldest family owned business in Ohio, a one of a kind outfit from a number of women’s fashion retailers, or any kitchen gadget your heart desires from a downtown shop focused solely on being any cook’s best friend. From antiques to primitive décor and modern home goods to kayaks and cookware and unique gifts, you can find it all in Downtown Marietta.

5.       We Go Way Back

The cultural sites in Marietta date back to before the pioneers landed on the banks of the Muskingum. The Hopewell and Adena cultures living in this area constructed earthwork and mound structures which have been preserved to this day. Most iconic is “Conus,” a conical burial mound, located in Mound Cemetery. If you’re visiting sites like Serpent Mound or the Newark Earthworks, you won’t want to miss Marietta’s diverse mound structures. 

6.       We Have A Heart for Art

Marietta is not only home to adventurers and shoppers alike, but our arts community is strong and growing. With a handful of art galleries, full-time working studios, and photography spaces, creativity is on display in our commercial district. The passion of Marietta’s artist community continues to come to life through downtown’s public art program, including art murals, sculptures, and more. 

7.       Fest With the Best

Marietta’s annual festivals bring thousands into downtown every year. Festivals like our Ohio River Sternwheel Festival, our Sweetcorn Festival, the Riverfront Roar, and our Rivers, Trails, & Ales Festival put our best assets on display. These signature events keep tourists coming back year after year, and locals plan family visits to Marietta during these weekends to show off just how great their hometown is.

8.       Downtown Stays Up Late

Downtown Marietta claims two historic theatres, a music hall, and a diversity of nightlife that includes acoustic open mic nights, live rock music, a dance club, and a unique opportunity to party in bubbles and foam. 

9.     We Focus On Wellness

Managing the health of a community often times starts with the health of an individual, and downtown Marietta is chock full of opportunity to focus on mind, body, and soul. Not only can you adore ornate architecture on a handful of historic churches in downtown, but walkable access to healthy foods, smoothies, and supplements are within mere blocks. Plus, two yoga studios, a spa, and a number of medical facilities representing an array of specialties can all be found in our commercial district.  

10.   Your New Best Friend is Here

Sure, every town has the best people, but it couldn’t be more true than in Marietta. Around every corner is a friendly face ready to lend a hand. In fact, studies show that if you visit Marietta once, the likelihood of you adding us to your calendar again is 71%. Chalk it up to customer service in our commercial district being top notch and the feeling that comes from experiencing a community that cares.

June First Friday Round Up

June's First Friday is quickly approaching on the 2nd from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and it's the perfect opportunity to kick off the summer season in the heart of Ohio's First Adventure: Downtown Marietta! Shops will be open late, restaurants will feature a variety of specials, and a number of unique events will be running. Learn more below!


Stay updated on the latest June First Friday news by visiting our Facebook Event by clicking here.


Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for play and materials pick-up for ticket holders | Saturday, May 3rd the putting continues!

Location: Downtown Marietta

What: Participating businesses & organizations are building their very own, unique putting greens for ticket holders to putt their way through downtown! Ticket holders will receive a score card, the opportunity to win special prizes & giveaways throughout the evening, drink specials, and a bag o'goodies thanks to the sponsors of our 14th Annual Sports Celebrity Open on June 3rd. Tickets for adults are just $15 and only $8 for kids (12 & under, mini golf only). Learn more by clicking here.


Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Historic Lafayette Hotel

What: Meet over a dozen NFL sports celebrities for our Sports Celebrity Meet & Greet. Grab a drink, enjoy some light appetizers, and bring your favorite football, jersey, or other items to have them autographed by your sports favorites! $10 donation encouraged at the door, as able. Learn more by clicking here.


Time: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Blossom Yoga

What: Blossom Yoga is a brand new business coming to downtown Marietta and they are hosting a Blossom Yoga Studio Sneak Peek on June First Friday! Swing by their yoga studio to check out their space, learn their schedule, and meet the owner Megan Dowler! They're located right above Marietta Adventure Company. Learn more here.


Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Nacho Average Taco

What: Nacho Average Taco is celebrating their 1 Year Anniversary with $1 Tacos to celebrate their 1 year of being in Marietta! They will also have live music, games and prizes! Learn more here.


Time: 9 p.m.

Location: The Adelphia Music Hall

What: Support local music in downtown Marietta. This show has some seating available, but no reservations will be taken — first come first served! Tickets are only available at The Galley bar or at the door the night of the event for $7.00. Learn more here.


Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Jeremiah's Coffee House

What: Our downtown coffee house on Front Street is celebrating their 2nd Anniversary in style with live music, specials, new menu reveals and more! Learn more here.


Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Peoples Bank Theatre

What: Venture up Putnam Street to the historic Peoples Bank Theatre for free behind-the-scenes tours of this revitalized gem in downtown. Explore backstage, learn about its history and the history of its owners, and see parts of the theatre normally off-limits to the public. Learn more here.


Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: The Gallery

What: If you love LuLaRoe, pop in their pop up at 220 Front Street to peruse their racks, meet their consultants, and dream about the potential a new business could have in this vacant commercial space. Learn more here.


Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Marietta Wine Cellars

What: Joey DiVincenzo is a regional entertainer from Mason County, WV and is no stranger to the music game. He will be making his debut at MWC, so stop in to check it out! Learn more here.

Main Street Launches Facade Improvement Grant Program

We are excited to officially announce the launch of Build Up Marietta, a new facade improvement grant program offered by Marietta Main Street with the support of the Marietta Community Foundation.

Build Up Marietta is a grant program that will be administered by Marietta Main Street where business owners and/or property owners in downtown Marietta can apply for up to $3,000 in matching funds for facade improvements. Facade improvements include exterior painting, exterior brick maintenance, new or replacement awnings, lighting, new or replacement signage, door repair, window repair, and other facade projects that increase the value of a building.

The vision of Build Up Marietta is a vibrant, revitalized, visually-appealing downtown with historic structures that have been preserved and adapted to modern-day usage. This program is meant to pair financial resources with local mentors on restoration of historic properties, facade improvement, business enhancement, and design for awardees of Build Up Marietta funding. 

This program is due in part to the hard work of our Design Committee and their focus on beautifying downtown. We hope that Build Up Marietta opens the door to new partnerships with property owners and business owners, as well as new opportunities for property maintenance through quality design by helping offset some of the financial burden.
— Cristie Thomas, Executive Director of Marietta Main Street

The new facade improvement grant program will accept submissions on a quarterly basis, and all applications will be juried by a group of individuals who have a working knowledge of construction, design, historic preservation, and community development. The submission dates for 2017 are July 1 and October 1. All applications for funding must be submitted no later than one of those two dates. All notifications of funding approval will be announce within 2 weeks of each submission date.

Build Up Marietta will not fund new projects or projects already under construction, the purchase of equipment, interior renovations, or projects where the outcome is temporary. All grant submissions must be for projects in the C4 District of Marietta. 

For more information, please contact Cristie L. Thomas at info@mariettamainstreet.org or by calling 740-885-8194. To access the Build Up Marietta facade improvement program grant application, click the button below.

UPDATE: Save Our Flowers!

What do you love most about downtown Marietta? Our unique shops? Beautiful, historic buildings? The sense of community you feel when waving hi to fellow pedestrians? Our hanging flower baskets? These are the four most popular responses we at Main Street hear when we ask others the same question, and the most popular of all is our downtown flowers.

Our classic purple petunias - the purple wave - has been with Marietta for years and has become a signature of our spring and summer months. Tourists travel miles upon miles to experience Marietta and locals increase their downtown visits during these months. Registers ring more frequently in our downtown shops, events happen nearly every weekend, and local photographers roll up their sleeves and add hours to their work day to capture the beauty of our downtown streetscapes - much to the contribution of our beautiful downtown flowers.

Marietta Main Street is the sole coordinator of our downtown beautiful program. Managed by our Design Committee, and most recently in collaboration with Marietta in Bloom, we work annually to develop a design for the continuation of our flowers, submit for grant funding, give a thumbs up to Jay Huck of L.E. Huck & Sons Greenhouses to plant seeds and care for our purple beauties, coordinate volunteers to transport and hang our flowers, and welcome a part-time staff member to our payroll May through September to put in no less than 3 hours of work every day, including weekends, to water and maintain our flowers. Marietta's downtown beautification program requires dedicated efforts and significant planning to continue making our City beautiful, and we are grateful for the tremendous support of all who work to help Marietta Main Street.

After months and months of planning, within the past few weeks one of the most important components of our downtown beautification program fell through: we no longer have funding or dedicated staff to maintain our flowers. 

We are in dire need of YOUR help! We need to fundraise no less than $4k to ensure our downtown beautification program stays strong not only for this spring and summer, but for years and years to come.

Please consider making a donation of significance TODAY to help Marietta Main Street in these efforts! All donor will be listed with gratitude on our website, unless otherwise noted as anonymous. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.


Thanks to the incredibly kind and giving hearts of our community, as of May 12th - a whopping 3 days after the initial launch of the Save Our Flowers Campaign - we've successfully fundraised $4,350.00 of our $4k goal! Wow! All donations that are contributed towards downtown beautification above and beyond the $4k amount will be maintained in a restricted fund for future downtown beautification efforts.

Annually, Marietta Main Street fundraises and writes grants to cover the ~$12k in costs for our downtown beautification program, which includes the hanging flower baskets, baskets over the Putnam Street Bridge, our flag program, downtown clean up and more. 

Our downtown beautification program is only made possible due to the support of our volunteers and our donors. We are SO grateful to each and every one of you!