This year's Downtown Celebration, held on Thursday February 15th at The Adelphia Music Hall, featured live music by The Hopewell, great food, drink specials, and the best company Marietta has to offer. The event welcomed members of City Council, state and regional leaders, business owners, residents, and donors alike to uplift the mission of Marietta Main Street and celebrate the nominees of the 2018 Main Street Awards.
The evening kicked off with a happy hour and networking from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a welcome by President of the Board, Sarah Arnold, an address by Executive Director, Cristie Thomas, and then the recognition of nominees and winners of six Main Street Awards.
Main Street Award Winners
Main Street Board Member of the Year: Debbie Cline
A new member to the Main Street board, Debbie has taken on the role of Chair for the Promotions Committee for the past year. Her leadership has enabled that committee to coordinate the launch of a Think Downtown First marketing campaign as well as a Hometown Holidays subcommittee focused solely on downtown décor, events, and promotions to encourage shoppers to spend their money locally as opposed to online or at big box stores.
Building Improvement: Peoples News
Just this past January, Peoples News celebrated their 89th Anniversary. The business that stands today at 226 Putnam Street is the brainchild of a third-generation family member, Dan Stephan Jr. The paint, brick maintenance and repair, renovation, and signage on this building tips its hat to the original façade when it first opened, and today brings beauty onto Putnam Street on the promise of a bright future.
Outstanding Collaboration: Rivers, Trails, and Ales Festival
The Rivers, Trails, and Ales Festival is currently in its 8th year of running. Over the years, RTA has grown to span four days with over 50 different events that requires the efforts of nearly 100 volunteers to put on. This festival is truly for the whole family, with a handful of events designed with kids in mind. Did you know that Marietta has been ranked #1 in outdoor recreation in the state of Ohio, and that we have 200 miles of trail within 45 minutes of downtown? The Rivers, Trails, and Ales Festival uses our local assets to promote tourism, grow our economy, and help us focus on the future of Marietta.
Overachiever of the Year: Vicki Ayers
Vicki Ayers is widely known in the downtown community for her persistent support, unending advocacy, and continual engagement with our downtown events, promotions, and businesses. She is the first in line to share the importance of shopping locally, and serves as the unofficial ambassador to downtown visitors, always ready to answer a question and point people in the right direction.
Best Neighbor: Charlie Clay
If you know Charlie, you know his heart - his passion for downtown, how deeply he wants to see his friends and neighbors succeed, and how much he gives to support Main Street. He has led trainings for downtown business owners to strengthen how they manage day to day operations. He chaired our First Friday Committee, is the prime coordinator of Cash Mob Mondays, and is always trying to think of the next best thing to not only grow his own business, but support the growth of other businesses downtown.
Community Builder: Bobby & Sara Rosenstock
Bobby & Sara Rosenstock, owners of Just a Jar Design Press, have allowed Main Street to shine an even brighter light on arts & culture downtown. Their work – be it wood-cut letterpress prints or graphic design – has added vibrancy to our community that is fresh, modern, and youthful. Sara’s leadership of the Public Art Committee led to the design and implementation of the Mural Gallery and Bobby’s artistic vision has set a tone for Main Street's downtown farmers market with his print series and more. Their work can be seen throughout downtown, managing the branding of multiple businesses, including that of Marietta Main Street.
Main Street Mission Moment: Ryan Smith
The Main Street Mission Moment Award is selected by our Board of Directors - a privilege reserved to award a member of our community who has time and again gone above and beyond to serve our organization. A leader of the community and long time supporter of Marietta Main Street, Ryan Smith has proven to be a cornerstone for the foundation we've worked hard to build as an organization.