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.

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!

Why Shop Local?: A Shop Owner's Perspective

This article was authored by Debbie Cline, Co-owner of Twisted Sisters Boutique, LLC located on Front Street in historic downtown Marietta.

Twisted Sisters Boutique is proud to be part of the downtown community for the last 16 years. We have striven to bring unique items into the store for a fun shopping experience. Many of the items in our store are made by local and regional craftsman and artisans. 

Through the years, we have been fortunate to meet many people in our community and have made life-long friends. Participating in helping with various activities downtown has always been fun and rewarding.  Where we shop, where we eat and where we have fun — all of it makes our community home.

Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Marietta.  Marietta’s downtown has an important and unique role in economic and social development. Having a thriving downtown creates a critical mass of activities where commercial, cultural, and civic activities are concentrated. This concentration facilitates business, learning, and cultural exchange.

Because of how shopping habits have changed with online sales, it is critical to support the local community.  By shopping at the corner store instead of the “Big Box” or online, consumers keep their communities from becoming ghost towns. Local purchases means more money is being used to support other local businesses that will continue to strengthen the economic base of the community. 

By supporting local businesses, our tourism businesses also benefit. When people go on vacation they seek out destinations that offer them the sense of being someplace - not just anyplace - with unique items and unique experiences.  With Marietta being the first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territory, we have so much to offer not just to locals, but to tourists as well. 

Twisted Sisters Boutique has always prided ourselves in our unique items, customer service, and the wonderful friends we have made throughout our years in business. 

Think local first. Buy local when you can. Be a local!

This article was authored by Debbie Cline, Co-owner of Twisted Sisters Boutique, LLC located on Front Street in historic downtown Marietta.

May First Friday: Ohio's First Adventure

May 5th is First Friday in downtown Marietta and this month we are excited to highlight tourism in Washington County thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Marietta-Washington County CVB. As always, First Friday events are in downtown Marietta the First Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.. Learn more about upcoming First Friday themes by clicking the button below and read on to learn about the wide variety of events happening downtown during May First Friday. 

May First Friday

Stay updated on the latest for May First Friday by following our Facebook Event by clicking here.


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

Location: Downtown Marietta

What: Join the Marietta Adventure Company during May's First Friday for a short, critical mass style bicycle parade through downtown Marietta. The ride will begin at Armory Square on Front Street at 7 p.m. From there, the parade will ride the River Trail to Butler Street turning left on Front Street. The route will follow Front Street then turn right on Scammel Street and right again on Second Street. Riders will continue on Second Street to Greene Street turning right on Greene and right again on Front Street. Once on Front Street riders will continue back to Armory Square to complete the ride. Helmets and lights are required for all riders. This is a live course and riders are expected to obey all traffic laws. This ride is free and open to the public. Come join us! Learn more here.


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

Location: Dad's Primitive Workbench

What: Join Charlie Clay and his support team to celebrate the 5 Year Anniversary of Dad's Primitive Workbench. There's lots planned for the community to show their support for this major milestone in the life of a small business owner, like giveaways, social media promotions, and more! Learn more here.


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

Location: Ohio River Levee

What: The Fairfield Inn and Suites of Marietta will be sponsoring s'mores on the levee! Four fire pits will be set up at the Ohio River Levee with free s'more packets to complete the bonfire. Children must be supervised by an adult. Learn more here.


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

Location: Armory Lawn & the Ohio River Levee

What: The Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau will be hosting a tourism showcase on the Armory Lawn and the Ohio River Levee. The Tourism Showcase will allow a opportunity to experience and learn about tourism attractions that can be found in the Mid-Ohio Valley. The Armory lawn will host segway rides with Scott's Super Adventures, a disc golf course with Broughton Nature & Wildlife Ed, Safe Archery with Pasky's Sports & More along with tables set up by Washington County Historical Society and Children's Toy and Doll Museum and the Peoples Bank Theatre. Located at the Ohio River levee will be tables set up by the U.S. Forest Service-Wayne National Forest and the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The showcase will run from 5-9 p.m. at both locations. Learn more here.


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

Location: Nacho Average Taco

What: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with musical guests at Nacho Average Taco. Admission is $5 at the door, and includes a drink and a burrito of your choice. Learn more here.


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

Location: Marietta Adventure Company

What: Join the MAC team for in-store specials and First Friday festivities while they celebrate the birthday of one of their owners, Hallie Taylor! Learn more here.


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

Location: Riverside Artists Gallery

What: Riverside Artists Gallery hosts the opening of the Enchanted Forest Art Show featuring the ornamental ironwork of Betsy Cook, the paintings and sculptures of Lavana Lemley and the ceramics of Jonathan Walsh. Walk through the enchanted forest and experience the vegetation and creatures created with iron, clay, paint and paper mache. Enjoy nature’s sounds, beverages and snacks on your journey through the forest! Learn more here.


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

Location: Peddlers of Dreams Art Space for Children

What: Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children will be celebrating spring by creating paper birds! Prudence and her team will be hosting a drawing for a free class, as well as offering a free class for a month of four class sign-ups!


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

Location: Green Acres of Marietta

What: Green Acres of Marietta will be hosting the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley in their store during First Friday. Join Green Acres to visit all your furry friends and find your next family member! Learn more here.


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

Location: Peoples Bank Theatre

What: During May First Friday in downtown Marietta, celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Peoples Bank Theatre with free behind-the-scenes tours and more. Enjoy Margaritas, Mexican beers, and a salsa sampler bar. Tours & Tequila available 5–9 p.m. Margaritas $5.00. Mexican beer $4.00. Salsa sample bar FREE. Learn more here.


Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: First Baptist Church of Marietta

What: FBC of Marietta will be hosting Kids' Night Out on May 5th, their last KNO until September. From 6:00 p. m. - 8:00 p. m., for 2yr olds - 5th grade. They will have Food, Music, Crafts and More! Lots of Fun in store for the kiddos! Reminder: These events are FREE!  The Betsey Mills Club in Marietta with archery tag for the kid's (9-15)! $5 per participant, masks included for our First Friday event!


Time: 6 p.m. 

Location: The Betsey Mills Club

What: The Betsey Mills Club in Marietta will host kids only archery tag with Pasky's Sports & More for the kids aged 9-15! $5 per participant, masks included for this First Friday event! Learn more here.