Enrich Marietta Releases Public Engagement Results

More than 1,000 community members voice their aspirations for the future of Downtown Marietta.

Last fall, the City of Marietta initiated a process to create a Downtown Revitalization Plan. The plan, Enrich Marietta, is intended to be a results-driven, inclusive process that results in a strategic vision and guide that outlines future public and private improvements.

Public engagement is an important component in the planning process. It ensures the Plan is rooted in the values and aspirations of the community. Marietta community members were invited to share their individual thoughts and help shape a collective vision for the future of the Downtown. In total, over 1,000 people were engaged through meetings, community events, and online activities. The engagement included digital advertisements on the project website, the City website, and social media accounts and in-person messages with paper flyers and at city events.

The community had many opportunities to participate in the first round of engagement. Engagement events were held at the Marietta College’s Winter Weekend, multiple venues at First Friday in March, and there were two community meetings held in the Harmar neighborhood. Attendees of the events were presented information about the planning process and invited to participate in mapping and board activities. Additionally, a community survey was available online and at the public meetings, which included questions about the current conditions of Downtown Marietta and preferences on future growth and development in the area.

The feedback gathered during the public engagement process is summarized as follows:

  • Residents and visitors place a high priority on downtown revitalization.

  • People value the riverfront and want it to be enhanced to improve access and enjoyment.

  • The public enjoys existing programming downtown but would like to see additional events and activities.

  • General upkeep of roadways and building maintenance should be improved.

  • Additional restaurants and shopping downtown, including availability outside of normal business hours, is desired.

  • There is an interest in living downtown across all housing options.

  • There is a desire for more informal gathering areas for seating and outdoor dining. This could be in both public and private areas.

  • Increasing connectivity across all modes of travel is important.

  • Downtown is the cultural hub of the arts and historical assets.

  • Harmar and Harmar Bridge are priority areas for reinvestment.

This input will be instrumental in shaping the outcomes of the Plan. It will identify what topics are most important to the community and inform the recommendations regarding projects, programs, and policies. Currently, the planning team is utilizing what was learned from the public input to develop the draft Plan, which will be shared with the public for additional comment this summer.

For a complete summary of the results, click here!

2019 First Friday Themes Announced!

First Fridays in downtown Marietta are monthly snippets of the best our community has to offer. Our downtown shops are open late, our restaurants feature diverse menus, local musicians and artists are highlighted, and monthly themes offer a variety of experiences for our whole community to enjoy.

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 lineup of First Fridays in downtown Marietta! Through brainstorming sessions with our downtown businesses and coordination by our First Friday Committee, we are proud to offer a fun, dynamic, and unique lineup of themes. 

Check out the list below, including links to our Facebook events for each, and get excited to invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and more to spend each and every First Friday in 2019 in the heart of our community. 


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Ice sculptures will be staged throughout downtown. Fire-themed refreshments, drinks, and activities will be staged throughout downtown as well.

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Downtown businesses will feature exclusive specials and promotions uplifting the season of love for all visitors to downtown for this event. 

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March’s First Friday theme celebrates Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday. There will be reading stations throughout Downtown and lots of literary fun to be had!

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Cake, celebration, & history! Our community will join together to share our love for Marietta, who is turning 231 years old in 2019!

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May's First Friday is Garden Party, featuring a return of the Marietta Derby! While the horses are racing in Kentucky, downtown will welcome races of our very own and encourage shoppers to don their biggest and boldest hats as they shop and dine downtown.

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June's First Friday is Kids Art Walk, featuring artwork from our local students in Washington County! 

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This month, we celebrate the fine & performance art community in Marietta by highlighting public art, local art groups, local artists, art galleries, and more!

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August's First Friday is a special Downtown Art Walk, with a twist! Stay tuned to learn more, we are eager to share details in coming months!

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September's First Friday is the first day of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival! Enjoy extended shopping hours, special promotions and activities throughout all of downtown.

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October's First Friday is Fall Fest, featuring a Fall Festival on the lawn of the Armory with lots of games, pop-up tents, and fun activities.

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This night, we will honor all of our heroes, whether they are first responders, those serving our country, movie or comic characters, or those who inspire us the most!

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December's First Friday is a favorite for all of Marietta to enjoy! Shops are open EXTRA late for Moonlight Madness, some staying open straight through 'til midnight! 

Email us at if you or your business are interested in sponsoring one of our fantastic First Friday events!


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.