Why Support Your Downtown Farmers Market

Last year, Marietta Main Street launched our first ever farmers market. The Farmers Market on Front Street's inaugural season was located on the lawn of the Armory and welcomed 3,500 visitors who supported a total of 25 vendors across the 22-week season. 

The inspiration for the launch of a downtown farmers market was born out of our Business Enhancement Committee, chaired by Barb Close, member of the Marietta Main Street Board of Directors and Branch Manager of Huntington Bank. With the leadership set by Barb, our Business Enhancement Committee wanted to provide an opportunity to support a broader base of small businesses, provide an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to test drive their business plans, and drive traffic into downtown Marietta by promoting a walkable district focused on health and wellness.

Farmers markets activate places and foster unique interactions. Oftentimes, they locate in underutilized spaces and they generate a dynamic flow of people into the area and within the place. Residents and tourists are attracted to markets for the ability to source food and goods from local farmers and businesses, but they also fulfill important noneconomic purposes. They are an engaging social setting where people meet over common interests and self-expressions.
— Lauren Suerth, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Of the 25 vendors who participated in the first season of the Farmers Market on Front Street, a handful represented local farms who sold a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, eggs, and meats. A handful sold handcrafted items, some sold natural homemade body products, and others represented local nonprofits with a mission that complemented that of our downtown farmers market.

Studies have shown that farmers markets are key drivers of downtown revitalization. They inspire creative energy, promote foot traffic, utilize public space, support local agriculture, encourage walkability and nutrition, provide opportunities for socialization, target a variety of demographics, and allow the opportunity for a diversity of initiatives to meet their start.

"Farmers markets activate places and foster unique interactions.  Oftentimes, they locate in underutilized spaces and they generate a dynamic flow of people into the area and within the place.  Residents and tourists are attracted to markets for the ability to source food and goods from local farmers and businesses, but they also fulfill important noneconomic purposes.  They are an engaging social setting where people meet over common interests and self-expressions," shares Lauren Suerth of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in her recent article Farmers Market Impact.

Another reason our Business Enhancement Committee was inspired to launch the Farmers Market on Front Street was to meet a current need downtown: accessibility to fresh, nutritious food that is grab & go. There are no options for grocery shopping in downtown Marietta - as a Main Street, one of our goals of revitalization is a fully walkable downtown. Walkability refers to the level of accessibility an individual has to a quality of life within walking distance of one's residence or place of employment. There are no options to walk to grocery shopping downtown, and our Farmers Market on Front Street is one answer to that need.

Wouldn't it be incredible if there was so much demand of our downtown farmers market that we could transition the program into a permanent fixture - a storefront - as a co-op, for example, or a grocery full of only locally-produced items? Local farmers, producers, and makers would have permanent representation in the heart of our community as valued contributors to our success.

If you believe in this vision, we invite you to become a part of our success story. Our downtown farmers market meets every Tuesday from 10 am. to 2 p.m. from May 16th to August 29th at the Front Street parking lot of the Historic Lafayette Hotel. 

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1st Quarter Update from Marietta Main Street

Marietta Main Street has been hard at work pushing towards our 2017 Strategic Goals with our Board of Directors, Committees, and Executive Director. The first quarter of the year has brought with it big accomplishments, exciting updates, and a lot to look forward to. 

Read through below for a recap of our first quarter and updates from our committees. If any of the below items peak your interest, reach out to info@mariettamainstreet.org and get involved! Or, make a donation directly to Marietta Main Street to help support our work.


The Small Business Revolution

In November 2016, it was announced that Marietta, OH was shortlisted as a Top 8 Finalist in The Small Business Revolution Main Street Contest. In January, we welcomed The SBR film crew to Marietta to interview local leaders, small business owners, and community members about what makes Marietta so great, what our strengths are, what our challenges are, and how our community has come together to persevere through it all.

Ultimately, The SBR team chose a list of 5 communities to move forward in the contest to win $500,000 and a web series on Hulu, and Marietta was not included on that list. In the words of Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand & Communications Officer for Deluxe Corporation, "Honestly, Marietta is killin' it!"

Our community has a lot to be proud of - we rallied together to share our love for #MyMarietta and put us on the map in the Main Street movement. The mission of The Small Business Revolution is exactly the mission of Marietta Main Street - to revitalize our downtown - and the revolution does not stop here!

First Fridays

This new program was launched by Marietta Main Street in January and so far, we've seen great success! The 3 First Fridays in the first quarter combined, nearly 2,500 people came downtown and generated a reported revenue of ~$30,000 for our downtown shops and restaurants. We are optimistic that as the year continues and the warmer weather is upon is, our community will come downtown each First Friday to enjoy shops open late, themed experiences, local shows, and much more. 

This program continues each month from January to December and each month's theme has already been determined for 2017 with a handful of local business and organizations collaborating with Marietta Main Street to produce new, fun experiences each and every time.

For a full list of 2017 First Friday themes, click here to learn more!

Downtown Celebration

Marietta Main Street hosted our very first Downtown Celebration, a remix of our annual meeting where downtown business owners, community leaders, volunteers, donors, local officials, and many others joined us to uplift our achievements from 2016 and look forward to 2017. We honored 6 community members with Main Street Awards, each representing a characteristic of a strong, thriving downtown - restored buildings, committed volunteers, helpful neighbors, mission advocates, collaboration, and more.

public art

Our Public Art Committee is currently developing a vision statement to pair with a formalized strategic process for our community-at-large to work with the Public Art Committee, in partnership with the City of Marietta, to install artwork throughout the C4 District.

July's First Friday theme is Art Walk and is hosted by the Public Art Committee. At this time, the Public Art Committee will reveal and celebrate the installation of two additional art pieces downtown: a lock tree sculpture and a temporary mural. 

This evening will also signify the launch of our Mural Gallery Program, a program of our Public Art Committee that facilitates the connection between local artists and building/business owners who would like to install temporary murals on their buildings. 

Historic Preservation

Our Historic Town Fair is a one-day conference on historic preservation, including care and maintenance of historic properties. Professionals, experts, advocates, and community members from across the states of Ohio and West Virginia will join us in Marietta, OH for this great new event.. As Ohio's First Adventure, this event has the potential to be a signature for our community and put us on the map in the state of Ohio as a small town leader in the preservation movement.

Similarly, our Historic Preservation Series has been running monthly since October and continues through May, featuring a variety of topics that relate to historic preservation, such as ADA compliance, building codes, funding and historic tax credits, and more.

Because of these efforts, we are proud to host The Building Doctor program of the Ohio History Connection this June, a free opportunity for our community to learn from experts about all of the above, including free consultations for historic property owners.

Design

Annually, Marietta Main Street funds and hangs flowers and flags downtown. Our Design Committee is currently preparing to conduct a full assessment of the C4 District to identify opportunities to expand our beautification program.

Parallel to the surveying of downtown Marietta, our Design Committee is also actively working with the City of Marietta on updating current signage & banner ordinances. Drafts have been submitted to the City of Marietta based on examples from other successful, well-designed communities in Ohio, including of merchant surveys from last year.

Operations

Marietta Main Street is a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization, and as such, we require donations and partnerships to sustain our operations. Our Operations Committee is diligently working on redeveloping our partnership model, planning for upcoming fundraising campaigns, and strengthening internal policies so that we can one day soon, shoot for the stars and hire an additional staff member.

Promotions


Our Promotions Committee houses the development of our First Friday events, as well as Hidden Places Secret Spaces, Hometown Holidays, and Cash Mob Mondays. In addition to event planning, this committee houses advertising and PR of historic downtown Marietta. We are actively working with the Marietta-Washington County CVB to strengthen advertising off the interstate, across southeast Ohio, and locally.

In addition to this, our Promotions Committee has been working to strengthen our holiday decor downtown through the development of lighted buildings and other downtown entities to increase foot traffic in the 4th quarter of the year.

Business Enhancement

Similar to our Design Committee, our Business Enhancement Committee is developing a process to do a full assessment of downtown Marietta's occupancy - commercial space, residential space, vacant space, ownership of buildings, and more.

This committee also houses our Farmers Market on Front Street and our monthly Boost Your Business Workshop Series.

Moving forward, our Business Enhancement Committee is working to develop a strong list of one-on-one opportunities for downtown businesses to take advantage of, as well as a rubric for self-evaluation and potentially a secret shopper program. 

big picture developments

The Marietta Main Street Board of Directors is currently developing materials to facilitate the development of an economic development area plan for the C4 District. And, we are currently in the process of rebranding our organization with Just A Jar Design Press - a local business on Front Street!

Additional Affiliations

Above and beyond each of the above initiatives, Marietta Main Street is represented on the Advisory Board of the MOV Entrepreneurship Expo, the Advisory Board of 5th Street Consulting at Marietta College, on the Board of Directors of the Marietta-Washington County CVB, on the Board of Directors of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, on the Mayoral-appointed Development Advisory Board for the City of Marietta, and on the Staff of Clutch MOV.


Whew! That's a whole lot for just one quarter! We at Marietta Main Street work tirelessly to meet our goals and get our community on the right track to sustainable revitalization of our downtown. If you are interested in getting involved, joining a committee or volunteering at our events are the perfect ways to get involved! And, as always, supporting our mission with a financial donation is a significant contribution to ensuring our organization can stick around for years to come.

April's First Friday is #MyMarietta History Night!

April's First Friday is set to take place on April 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and there are over a dozen events happening in downtown Marietta! First Friday events are quickly becoming an anchor for downtown engagement, and we at Marietta Main Street could not be more excited for what's to come. 

Check out the full list of downtown events for April's First Friday below! And, make sure you invite every single one of your friends to join you for what's bound to be an incredible night!


April's First Friday: #MyMarietta History Night Events

+ Finding Winnie: A Story-based Scavenger Hunt for Kids

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

Location: Various locations | Downtown Marietta

What: This 10-stop scavenger hunt will bring children on an adventure through the storybook Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear by Lindsay Mattick. Featuring the history of Winnie the Pooh, children will learn about Harry Colebourn, a veterinarian on his way to tend horses in World War I who followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named that baby bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Winnie's story of adventure and friendship served to create one of the most beloved childhood characters today. 

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased online. Learn more here.

+ Pioneer Day Dinner & Program

Time: 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: First Congregational UCC Marietta

The Washington County Historical Society is hosting it's annual Pioneer Day Dinner on April 7th. The event will be taking place at the First Congregational Church on Front Street in Marietta. Social Hour will be from 4:30-5:30, followed by dinner and a business meeting. Ticket holders can transition after dinner to the People's Bank Theatre at 6:45 p.m., for Lest We Forget: Remembering Washington County in WWI.

Tickets to Pioneer Day Dinner & Program are $25 and include dinner catered by DaVinci's as well as your ticket to Lest We Forget. Transportation will be available from the church to the theatre for an additional $3. Learn more here.

+ First Friday for Kids at John Rossi art featuring the boys & girls club of washington county

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

Location: John Rossi Art, 104 Front Street

Come out to the Gallery for a fun evening of Spring Shopping! Artwork from local children will be featured to help raise awareness about our local Boys and Girls Club. Enjoy kid-friendly activities and snacks.

Artist Geoff Schenkel will be on hand discussing his efforts to bring ART and a sense of community-involvement to the BGC kids! Learn more here.

+ #mymarietta history night photo booth

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

Location: Twisted Sisters Boutique, 197 Front Street

Join the Twisted Sisters for April's First Friday in downtown Marietta. The shop will be celebrating Marietta's 229th birthday with their photo booth, party hats, horns, balloons and special commemorative hand made coffee mugs! Learn more here.

+ Marietta Adventure Company 5-year anniversary event

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

Location: Marietta Adventure Company, 219 Second Street

MAC is coming up on a major Marietta Adventure Company birthday! Their retail space has been open for 5 years this April, and we are so happy they are part of the greater Marietta cycling and paddling community. Come help them celebrate this Friday April 7th from 5-9pm! 

Open house will include the 2nd floor service area and the 3rd floor showroom loft! Check out what MAC has put together over the last 5 years. Drawings for kayak trips, t-shirts, and gift certificates, plus refreshments and specials TBA! Learn more here.

+ History of Fashion

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

Location: Teri Ann's, 290 Front Street

Teri Ann's will host Allan Norris and his watercolor paintings of Marietta Landmarks. They'll also be showing a fun and brief video on the "History of Fashion" in-store! Learn more here.

+ Clutch MOV print Magazine special

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

Location: Wit & Whimzy, 152 Front Street

Clutch MOV is so excited to celebrate Marietta's Birthday, and what better way than with our Local History Magazine? During April's First Friday, they will be set up at Wit & Whimzy selling copies of Issue 01 and Issue 02, as they get ready for the launch of their third issue! Buy both issues for a special price of $30, or individual copies for $18 each (Regularly priced at $20 per issue.) Or just stop by and say hello! Learn more here.

+ Kids night out with marietta college women's soccer team

Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Location: Dyson Baudo Recreation Center (Marietta College), 215 Fifth Street

This event is a fundraiser for the Marietta College Women's Soccer team. The team will be playing all types of games, arts and crafts, show a couple of movies, and provide pizza for all the kids. $25 for 1 child. $40 for 2. $50 for 3 and up. Ages 3 and up. No registration required. Learn more here.

+ Acoustic night & buy one get one tacos at nacho average taco

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

Location: Nacho Average Taco, 114 Putnam Street

Join Nacho Average Taco to celebrate First Friday: April, and support some great local artists, & catch a great Buy One Get One deal on their featured tacos! Learn more here.

+ Performance by veritas classical academy

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: Armory Square, 241 Front Street

Veritas Classical Academy is hosting a performance on the lawn of the Armory Square Marietta Ohio on Front Street! Students will recite poems and sing songs connected to the theme of our First Friday #MyMarietta History Night. 

+ lest we forget: remembering washington county in ww1

Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Peoples Bank Theatre, 222 Putnam Street

Tickets $15 general admission. 

In April 1917 Congress declared the US was at war. The First World War stands as a forgotten time in American history. On Marietta’s Founders Day, “Lest We Forget” will remember Washington County’s involvement in this conflict with an evening of WWI era music by talented regional musicians and renowned speakers at People’s Bank Theatre. Join The Castle and our community as we reflect and honor the memory of Washington County’s men and women 100 years later.

Featured speakers include: 
- Dr. Paul Lockhart, Author & Historian - Wright State University
- Sgt. First Class Joshua Mann, Historian - Ohio National Guard
- Becki Trivison, Program Coordinator, Local History & World War One Commemoration - Ohio History Connection
- Dr. Matthew Young, Historian - Marietta College
- and more...

Musical performances by: 
- Marietta College Wind Ensemble & Marietta College Choirs
- The Wayfarers
- Barefoot McCoy
- Square Thirteen
- Dan Heidt
- Anthony Mossburg
- Shawna Corder

Purchase tickets here. Learn more here.

 

 

 

Clean Sweep Beautifies Downtown

This year's downtown Clean Sweep was hosted on Saturday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.. Over 100 volunteers participated throughout the morning in a wide range of tasks, including hanging our U.S. flags, mulching our downtown garden beds, sweeping downtown sidewalks, and cleaning up brush and trash along the river banks.

Clean Sweep is an event hosted through the Design Committee of Marietta Main Street every year. Downtown beautification is a year-round effort, and this one day of service is a tremendous service to preparing the heart of our community for the sunshine and foot traffic that spring and summer brings.

This year, representatives from Congressman Bill Johnson's office and our local City Council joined with employees of the City of Marietta, members of the Marietta Main Street Board of Directors, volunteers from various Main Street committees, students from Marietta High School Environmental Club, MHS National Honor Society, Washington County Historical Society, Huntington Bank, Peoples Bank, Chemours, Kona Ice of the Mid-Ohio Valley, Green Acres of Marietta, Marietta Adventure Company, The Workingman's Store, The Castle Historic House Museum, American Flags & Poles, Salvation Army, Marietta Rotary, Marietta Civitan, Washington State Community College staff, and Marietta College's Sigma Kappa sorority.

In this one day of service, our 100 volunteers donated 400 hours of service for a total investment of nearly $9,228 into downtown Marietta.

In addition to this incredible investment by our community, Sam's Club of Vienna donated a full pallet of water bottles - 1,500 bottles - for volunteers during Clean Sweep and other volunteer efforts throughout the year.

Jack Haessly of Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co. donated 60 yards of mulch made entirely of aged, darkened, premium grade oak mulch to continue sustaining our downtown beautification efforts.

And, last but not least, the City of Marietta not only provided staff for our Clean Sweep, but they provided a dump truck and a front end loader for mulch distribution.

Thank each and every one of you for your tremendous help this Saturday! We look forward to seeing you next year!

Mark Your Calendars for Marietta!

It's hard to believe that March is already here, but downtown Marietta is in full swing to welcome the first of the month by offering an incredible number of programs and events. Check out the list below and mark your calendars. Better yet, phone a friend and encourage them to spend the night in one of our local hotels and stay a weekend!


Mid-Ohio Valley Restaurant Week

February 27 to March 4

This week-long celebration of local restaurants is kicking off soon, and includes not one, not two, but SIX restaurants in downtown Marietta! In each restaurant, you can enjoy a 3-course meal for just $30 - the perfect opportunity to go on a culinary adventure!

Hop on over to the MOV Restaurant Week Facebook Event to stay updated, and check out the menu below!

Facebook Event: MOV Restaurant Week 2017

Colony Short Film Festival

March 2 to March 4

The Eleventh Annual Colony Short Film Festival is a showcase for independent films from all over the country and the globe, with a focus on featuring local and regional talent from the Ohio Valley. The Colony Short Film Festival features selections from emerging and established short filmmakers that have ranged from innovative, to off-the-wall and from quirky to provocative. All shows take place at the historic Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta.

One-Day Pass $10 | Three-Day Pass $25 | VIP Three-Day Pass $50 (Includes Filmmakers Lounge access) | Student & senior discounts available at the Box Office window

Hop on over to the 2017 Colony Short Film Festival Facebook Event to stay updated, and check out their showtimes on their website below!

Facebook Event: 2017 Colony Short Film Festival

Website: Colony Short Film Festival

First Friday

March 3 | 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

With about 22 restaurants and 40 active retailers, plus two hotels and a number of venues for night life, historic downtown Marietta is a destination for everyone and anyone to enjoy a night out on the town, which is only one of the reasons why Marietta Main Street is excited to announce this new program in 2017. 

First Friday: March is sponsored by Washington State Community College and the theme is Mardi Gras! Come downtown dressed to celebrate, get your photo taken in any number of the Instagram Photo Booths wandering around downtown, children can have their face painted by volunteers from WSCC, and receive your First Friday Downtown Guide for a $5 donation to Marietta Main Street to see which shops are open! Get 10 punches on your map and enter the drawing to be one of four lucky winners to receive a $500.00 scholarship to take a class at Washington State Community College!

Check out the First Friday March Facebook Event to stay updated!

Facebook Event: First Friday March

Main Street Mardi Crawl

March 3 | 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Main Street Mardi Crawl will celebrate Mardi Gras in style by bringing the excitement downtown! Starting at 7 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m., the Main Street Mardi Crawl will feature stops at a variety of bars downtown, each with exclusive drink specials and, of course, Mardi Gras beads for everyone who shows their tickets!

Ticket holders will receive a ticket with all stops on it and a signature drink cup.

Tickets are capped at 100 and are being sold for $20. 

To learn about the participating bars and purchase tickets, head on over to the Main Street Mardi Crawl website and Facebook Event page!

Website: Main Street Mardi Crawl

Facebook Event: Main Street Mardi Crawl