Celebrating 100 Years!

It’s not always good to live in the past, but it sure can be fun to look back and see how we got where we are today. So for the sake of reference, let’s drift back to the year 1918. Marietta had been established 130 years ago, World War 1 was coming to an end and a trip to the corner grocery store would find a quart of milk for 9 cents and a gallon of gasoline was 25 cents. A lot has changed over the years around the world and in our fair city, but one noteworthy thing for over 100 years has been the sparkling presence of Baker and Baker Jewelers. Established first on Front Street and now on Putnam near Front, this “jewel” of Marietta prides itself on customer service and quality diamonds and jewelry. Baker and Baker opened its doors in 1918 to the Mid-Ohio Valley as a full service jewelry store, grew with the community from a small store to a multiple brand jewelry store, and became a staple in our historic downtown.

In 1994, Certified Gemologist Appraiser, Larry Hall was honored to purchase this historic business from the Baker family. Hall recalls Norman Baker, his mentor saying, “Just keep doing what got us here and you can keep our name above the door, and it must stay in your family.” It seemed appropriate and prudent that after having been a partner in the business for twenty years to step up and set the course for the next 100. With his wife Nancy and daughter Charla they have created an extraordinary experience for the shopper looking to buy that perfect piece of jewelry for a special occasion, engagement, or anniversary. There is no better time than today to visit Baker and Baker, so you too can enjoy the unique experience of creating an heirloom for your loved one or for yourself. If you’re out and about this weekend, perhaps heading to the grocery store for bread and milk; make it a point to stop at 105 Putnam Street at the lower end of Putnam near Front.

Baker and Baker’s 100th year anniversary celebration which began on Monday, October 29 with an antique sale event for one day only which featured millions of dollars of antique jewelry. The anniversary event continued Wednesday, October 31 through Saturday, November 3 with daily giveaways and savings throughout. November 1-3, the celebration will also include a dazzling Hearts On Fire trunk show showcasing one of a kind pieces.

Happy Anniversary, Baker and Baker Jewelers. We are proud of your accomplishments, appreciate your support, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for your next 100 years.

First Friday: Future Pioneers

Join Marietta Main Street downtown this weekend for First Friday: Future Pioneers, sponsored by Marietta College! From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. this Friday, Marietta College will have activities set up on the Armory lawn throughout the evening, while shops host special in-store events. 

Marietta College will also be hosting a giveaway, which shoppers can enter by bringing their receipts from the evening to the Armory Lawn. For each receipt purchase made at a downtown business during First Friday, they will be entered to win a prize basket full of Marietta College goodies. Many shops downtown additionally offer a 10% discount for Marietta College students, a year long partnership to encourage students to engage with downtown. 

“We are very excited to partner with Marietta College for this event,” said LauraPytlik, Owner of Wit & Whimzy and Chair of Marietta Main Street’s First Friday Committee. “Future Pioneers is shaping up to be a fun evening for families and and an excellent opportunity to visit the downtown shops and businesses.”

With local businesses gearing up for the holiday shopping season, First Friday is a great way to get an early start on checking off items on that Christmas list. “We have such a wonderful variety of shopping and services available in our downtown core,” said Sarah Arnold, Board President for Marietta Main Street. “This year we’ve welcomed a number of new businesses as well, making every First Friday an opportunity for shoppers to find something new!”

Details can be found on the event’s Facebook page. First Fridays are monthly events that showcase the best of Marietta and allow the community to take advantage of extended shopping hours. 

Decking the Halls Downtown

With the holidays right around the corner, Marietta Main Street is gearing up for a busy season of decking the halls and trimming Downtown for the holidays. Locals and tourists alike have lots of fun to look forward to this holiday season between festive events like the Holiday Loft Tour and the Merry-Etta Christmas Parade, and the brand new decor that will light up Downtown like never before.

Thanks to the dedication of Marietta Main Street’s Hometown Holidays Committee and the generosity of donors who contributed to the Christmas in July fundraising campaign, Marietta Main Street will be installing all new pre-lit wreaths and garland on lamp posts throughout Downtown this year. Thanks to a very special donation from Mister Bee Potato Chips, this year’s decor will also include a 25’ tall tree, featuring a dazzling 9,000 lights. The tree will proudly stand tall in Armory Square, amidst a festive Dr. Seuss inspired Christmas Village, kindly sponsored by Jeremiah’s Coffee House.

“Marietta Main Street, along with the amazing generosity of Mister Bee Potato Chips, Jeremiah’s Coffee House, and Huntington Bank, are unveiling the Hometown Holiday Spectacular,” said Marietta Main Street Vice President, Tim Glover. “This will by far be the best holiday celebration in memory.”

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Just as it took a village to fundraise these brilliant additions to Marietta’s downtown decor, it will take a village to prepare downtown for the season’s festivities! Marietta Main Street is asking for volunteer assistance for the following:

Delivery Day

On Monday, October 22nd, Marietta Main Street will be receiving all of their decor, which will arrive in more than 90 boxes. Volunteers are needed to help unload the delivery truck and carry boxes up to the third floor of the Armory, beginning at 5:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Debbie Cline at clinedeb@gmail.com. 

Decking the Halls

Marietta Main Street needs all hands on deck this year to decorate Downtown! Volunteers will meet as early as 7:00 a.m. at the Armory to get started, and use the Armory as a home base throughout the day. Volunteers will be prepping and installing wreaths and garland, hanging the holiday flags and poles, cleaning up the sidewalks, and placing the holiday sponsor tags on lampposts throughout downtown. Please contact Debbie Cline at clinedeb@gmail.com if you are able to help out, and spread the word! 

“Marietta Main Street is in charge of the on-going efforts to create an inviting and attractive atmosphere for residents and visitors year-round in Downtown Marietta,” said Marietta Main Street Board Member, Debbie Cline. Debbie, also co-owner of Twisted Sisters Boutique, also chairs the Marietta Main Street Promotions and Hometown Holidays Committees. “We are excited to roll out new holiday decorations, a beautiful 25’ tall tree, and a Whoville inspired village to bring families downtown to make holiday memories,” Debbie said. “We are asking for your help in decorating our town for all to enjoy.”

Merry-Etta Lighted Christmas Parade

Marietta Main Street is also looking for fifteen volunteers to assist with this year’s Merry-Etta Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, November 24th. Volunteers are requested from 3:30 p.m. through the parade, which begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends with the lighting of the tree at the Armory Square. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barb Close at barb.a.close@huntington.com.

Thank you to the community of Marietta for making this holiday season so special!


Marietta Main Street Hires New Executive Director

After a nationwide search, Marietta Main Street is excited to announce Sam Tuten as its new Executive Director, with his official start date being Wednesday, September 26th.

Before joining Marietta Main Street, Sam worked as the City Planner for the City of Parkersburg, overseeing the Planning Division within the Development Department. A graduate of Marietta High School, Sam lived in Charleston, South Carolina before moving back to the Mid-Ohio Valley, where he completed his Masters in Public Administration after earning a B.A. from The Ohio State University in Regional Planning.

A Marietta native, Sam looks forward to bringing his experience in city planning and economic development back to his hometown. “Marietta is the first city that I fell in love with, and a main reason why I chose to go into the planning field,” said Sam. “As I grew up in Marietta, I would be traveling down a street, and in my mind I would always be envisioning what I call the "what could be" while taking in the true beauty of our city.”

Sam is eager to use his skills and knowledge as a City Planner to carry out the mission and vision of Marietta Main Street and continue the momentum the organization has generated within the community.

“Since I have been back in the area, I've been able to witness all the successes that Marietta Main Street has accomplished under the leadership of Cristie Thomas and the Board,” Sam said. “I'm excited to keep that momentum going and working alongside local businesses, volunteers, donors, and partners, as well as the City of Marietta, Washington County officials, and all community stakeholders.”

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After celebrating the success of its Christmas in July fundraising campaign to fund new holiday décor for downtown, Marietta Main Street is ready to head into a busy fourth quarter which includes a bigger-than-ever Hometown Holidays line-up. “We have a lot to celebrate this year between the return of the Great Marietta Marketplace, the expansion of our Rivers, Trails and Ales Festival, and our spring and summer fundraising campaigns,” said Sarah Arnold, Marietta Main Street Board President. “Our organization is looking forward to working under Sam’s leadership as we round out another terrific year and finalize plans for 2019. The skills Sam brings to the table are just what our organization needs right now.”

Skills aside, it is Sam’s passion for revitalizing the downtown community that made him a perfect fit for this position. “I think Sam has a true passion, not only for Marietta Main Street but for the city of Marietta as a whole,” said Tim Glover, Marietta Main Street Vice President. “I feel he will be a valuable addition to the Main Street family.”

“I hope to bring my passion for Marietta and city planning, and my experience in local government to the revitalization of downtown Marietta and the Harmar district,” said Sam. “I want to make sure we continue to collaborate with our local officials, and the recent announcement of a signed contract for a downtown economic development plan is an accomplished that all leaders involved should be proud about. We will continue to strengthen our mission of bringing people together to preserve, enhance and enjoy downtown.”

First Friday: Back to School Bash

Join us downtown for the First Friday Back to School Bash, sponsored by Washington State Community College! WSCC will have booths and activities on the Armory lawn, including face painting and giveaways for kids. The school mascot, Benji the Buck, will be on hand for photos. The college is also collecting donations for GoPacks 4 Kids, a program that provides nutritious food items for students during breaks and weekends. Businesses hosting donation sites for GoPacks include: American Flags and Poles, Baker & Baker Jewelers, Green Acres of Marietta, Jeremiah’s Coffee House, Riverside Artists Gallery, Sugar Maple Boutique, Teri Ann’s, Threadz, Twisted Sisters Boutique, A Unique Flower & Gift Shop, and Wit & Whimzy.

"We are very excited to partner with Washington State Community College for this event, and we're happy to collect donations for this very worthy cause,” said Laura Pytlik, Owner of Wit & Whimzy and member of the First Friday Committee. “Many students rely on schools to provide nutritious meals, and GoPacks help ensure that those students will have healthy options even during weekends and short breaks."  

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With local schools back in session for the new year, art classes are already in full swing. Student art from local schools will be on display in the following businesses: American Flags and Poles, Jeremiah’s Coffee House, Riverside Artists Gallery, Sugar Maple Boutique, Twisted Sisters Boutique, and Wit & Whimzy.

Friday also coincides with the annual Sternwheel Festival, so downtown Marietta will be host to large crowds enjoying the many free activities. Shops will be open until 9 PM and many are featuring back to school supplies, fashion and promotions.

"The Sternwheel Festival is always a great weekend for Marietta, with visitors and residents alike enjoying the free activities,” said Pytlik. “First Friday adds another level of excitement and opportunities for people to explore the shops and businesses downtown during extended hours."