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Mainstreet Piqua is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization, promotion and economic development of downtown Piqua, Ohio.  The organization was founded in 1993 with a core mission of improving the heart of our community. 

Mainstreet Piqua follows the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 4-point approach for downtown revitalization.  We are a designated Ohio Main Street Program and have been certified as a National Main Street Program for seven consecutive years. 

The organization is led by a dedicated Board of Trustees and is widely supported by the downtown business community, area financial institutions and a host of corporate supporters and individuals from throughout the Piqua community and beyond.  Mainstreet Piqua also appreciates the full support of the City of Piqua.

We host a variety of family-oriented community events including Taste of the Arts, Downtown Brown Bag Series and Christmas on the Green.  For a full listing of all our events please visit our Calendar of Events. 

To support the ongoing mission of the organization Mainstreet Piqua we are proud to offer a complete line of Piqua collectibles and memorabilia.  Our offerings include two different decks of Piqua Playing Cards featuring historical photos of Piqua, mugs, ornaments, note-cards, mini-crocks, spoon rests, and a DVD featuring a 40-minute driving tour of Piqua done in 1957. 

There are numerous volunteer opportunities within the Mainstreet Piqua organization.  Please call us at  
937-773-9355.  if you have any questions feel free to drop us an email at

PHS Alexander Stadium Cat's Meow & Indian Head Charm Now Available

Piqua High School Cat's Meow CollectibleMainstreet Piqua has added a couple of new items to their collectibles list this month and they include a replica of the Piqua High School Alexander Stadium and a charm featuring the Piqua High School Indian head logo.  The Alexander Stadium Cat's Meow features the front of the stadium with a description of the landmark on the rear.  The Indian Head charms are silver and made out of the same durable material as class rings. The charms can be fully personalized with engraving on the rear and downtown Piqua's Joe Thoma Jewelers is fully capable of doing the Indian Head Charmengraving.  Cat's Meow Collectibles are exact replicas of a building or landmark on silk-screened custom shaped pieces of wood.  The Alexander Stadium Cat's Meow joins the numerous other Cat's Meow collectibles offered by Mainstreet Piqua including the Fort Piqua Plaza, the Municipal Government Complex, Hance Pavilion, the downtown gazebo, the Veterans Memorial and several Piqua schools including Nicklin, Favorite Hill, Bennett, Wilder and the original Washington and Springcreek buildings as well as the original Edison Community College building produced last fall in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.  The Cat's Meow collectibles can be found at Readmore's Hallmark, 430 N. Main Street, Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main Street and from the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main Street.  The cost is $20 per piece.  Those with questions can contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.  

Walking Tours Offered

Two walking tours being offered by the Piqua Tourism Council, in cooperation with the Local History department of the Piqua Public Library and Mainstreet Piqua, will be held in the coming months.

On Saturday, September 13 a Shawnee Neighborhood Architectural Tour will be held.  The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. in the 100 block of East Main, just to the left after crossing over the Shawnee Bridge.  First known as the Village of Huntersville (established in 1838), this community east of the Great Miami River is today called Shawnee (after the Pique village located on the flood plain).  The tour will include new information discovered by Americorps intern Rebecca Torsell on various structures in Shawnee. The group will pass small brick workers' cottages that survived the 1913 Flood that are interspersed with large factory owners' homes like that belonging to L.C. Cron with its famous attached octagon cottage.  The Hilliard family, the area's first European settlers, built their homes on the top of the hill that overlooked the flood plain below.

A South End Piqua Architectural Tour and will be held on Saturday, October 18 at 10:30AM.  Participants will meet in front of St. Boniface Church on South Downing Street.  Piqua's south end tour will highlight both the homes of the early 1850s German settlers as well as the later 1880s industrial workers who first came with the founding of the Favorite Stove and Range Company.  The various home styles in the area are mixed in with churches, neighborhood businesses and factories.  Piqua's south end reflects Piqua's growth and changing diversity.  The tour will cover South Downing, South Street, parts of the Favorite Stove factory, Adams Street and a number of other streets west of College Street.

Tickets are available for the tours at $5.00 each.  Tickets may be purchased at the Mainstreet Piqua office at
326 North Main.  The tours are all approximately two hours in length and will be led by Piqua historian Jim Oda.  Call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355 for details. 

Applications Available for Groovy Gourd Bike Tour

Mainstreet Piqua will be hosting the second annual Groovy Gourd Bike Tour on Saturday, October 11 and applications for the tour are now available.  The tours will start and end at the rear of the Municipal Government Complex and features three different options including 6.5 miles (The Loop), 25 miles and 50 miles.  The 25 mile bike ride is considered flat to rolling while the 50 mile tour is considered flat to hilly. 

The fee for the ride is $14 through October 1 and $18 after that.  A Groovy Gourd t-shirt is also available for an additional $10.  Route maps will be provided to all the participants on the day of the tour and rest stops with fresh fruit, snacks and hydration will be provided.  Helmets are mandatory on this ride and at the conclusion of the ride every participant will receive a locally grown gourd or pumpkin.

The Gold Wheel sponsors for the Groovy Gourd are Polysource, French Oil Mill Machinery Company and Unity National Bank.  Applications can be downloaded HERE.

Those with questions about the bike tour may contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

11th Annual Holly Jolly Run set for December 6

Mainstreet Piqua will be hosting the 11th annual Holly Jolly Run on Saturday December 6 at 10 a.m.  Both 5K and 10K runs will be offered this year.  The Holly Jolly will start and end at the rear of the Municipal Government Complex at 201 W. Water Street in downtown Piqua.  The fairly flat, out and back course is on the Piqua P.A.T.H. (Piqua Athletic Trail for your Health).

The fee for the run is $18 with a long sleeve 100% cotton T-shirt or $12 with no shirt  (If the application is received by November 21, 2014.) After the deadline the cost is $22 with the shirt or $14 with no shirt.  The age divisions are Male & Female 14 & Under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 5054, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70 & Over and awards will be given to the overall top three male and overall top three female runners as well as the top three male and female in each category. The Holly Jolly 5K run is being sponsored by Can't Stop Running, Atlantis Sportswear and Upper Valley Medical Center. 

An application can also be downloaded HERE. On line application can be made through Speedy-Feet by visiting  Same day registrations will be accepted.  Questions about the race can be directed to Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Mainstreet Piqua Launches Smartphone App for Downtown Piqua

Mainstreet Piqua Launches Smartphone AppBreak out your smartphone - downtown Piqua is about to take a giant step forward in mobile technology with the launch this week of a Mainstreet Piqua mobile app.  The app offers residents and visitors information about downtown Piqua's retail and service businesses along with events being held in the downtown or by Mainstreet Piqua member businesses. 

The mobile app, available for both iPhone and Android users, has a number of different categories to sort the information.  For example, those looking for shopping opportunities can click on the "Shopping" icon on the home screen and find a listing of all the retail shops in downtown Piqua with directions, phone numbers and links to their websites.  The shopping listings can also be further broken down into specific shopping categories.

Another icon on the home screen is for "Services" with information on downtown Piqua's many service providers including attorneys, insurance, non-profit organizations and numerous other categories.  In addition to finding phone numbers and websites the app provides turn-by-turn directions through the users built-in GPS system.  A separate calendar tab highlights events such as the Piqua Community Farmers' Market, Taste of the Arts, Piqua Rocks! and various other downtown happenings.  Those who download the app will also have the ability to search for events and, with one-touch technology, conveniently "save" events to their smartphone calendar.  There's also a "Wall" feature which allows users to login into the app and post notices and comments for everyone to view. 

The app was developed by Mainstreet Piqua with the help of Darrin Michael, the owner of Michael Web Solutions. "We really wanted to develop an app for Mainstreet Piqua," says Mainstreet Piqua Executive Director Lorna Swisher.  "Darrin Michael was able to research the exact platform we should use and he has been a tremendous asset throughout the project," says Swisher. 

"App users will find it extremely easy to reach out to downtown Piqua businesses," says Swisher.  The business listings in the app are primarily consumer-oriented businesses such as shops, service businesses and restaurants. 
Most of the businesses listed are supporters of Mainstreet Piqua but other Piqua businesses interested in being on the app may contact Mainstreet Piqua for pricing information.  The Miami County Foundation assisted financially in the development of the app. 

The app is available for free download from the Apple Store and through Google Play Store. Keyword searches for the app are Piqua and Mainstreet Piqua.  For additional information please contact Lorna Swisher at Mainstreet Piqua, Inc. at 937-773-9355.

Atlas Underwear Company 2013 Ornament2013 "Made in Piqua" Ornament Available

Piqua's rich industrial heritage continues to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua as the seventh "Made in Piqua" ornament honors one of Piqua's historic companies.  The new ornament honors the Atlas Underwear Company and features a red union suit.  The ornament is brass with red highlights.  The ornaments are packaged in boxes specially produced for the project by Piqua Paper Box Company.  The cost per ornament is $12. 

According to Piqua City historian Jim Oda there were a number of underwear companies in Piqua through the years but Atlas Underwear Company was the largest and the last underwear company in Piqua.  The image of the underwear on the ornament is a direct replica of an image from the company's catalog.

The idea for the collectible ornament came from former downtown Piqua merchant Doug Stilwell.  A new ornament, featuring a different item made in Piqua, is produced each year and it is the goal of Mainstreet Piqua to feature items made by both historical business as well as those still present in the community.  Companies that have been featured on the Made in Piqua ornament series include Decker's, Hartzell Propeller, Favorite Stove Company, The French Oil Mill Machinery Company, Meteor Motor Car Company and the Piqua Paper Box Company.

The ornaments are available at the Mainstreet Piqua office, 326 N. Main Street as well as Readmore Hallmark, 430 N. Main Street; Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main Street; and Tapestry Angel, 516 Spring Street.


Gallery Wrapped Canvas Prints Now Available

Mainstreet Piqua's newest Piqua collectible will be of special interest to anyone interested in the Piqua community's historic Fort Piqua Plaza.  Mainstreet Piqua is offering ten different full-color gallery wrapped canvas prints of ten of the unique carvings that adorn the building.  The wrapped canvas prints are 8" x 10" and approximately 3/4" deep.

The photos were taken by Englewood photographer, Jack Holtel, prior to and during the building's rehabilitation and include several faces, including an old man, an African American man, a girl, a chicken and an owl.  Two of the canvas prints also show the building's iconic "18" and "91" stones surrounded by cherubs.  The building was first opened to the public in 1891.

The high-resolution prints show remarkable detail and were printed locally by Brian Quinter at Quint Creative Signs and Mary Teach, at the Tapestry Angel, wrapped the prints on the frames.  The wrapped canvas prints are large enough to look good displayed either as a single picture or can be grouped for a bigger wall space.  They are suitable for both a residential or office setting.

A full set of the gallery wrapped canvas prints can be found in the lobby of the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce at 326 N. Main Street in downtown Piqua. 

The canvas prints must be pre-ordered from Mainstreet Piqua and the cost is $25 per print or $40 for two.  Order forms are also available from the Mainstreet Piqua office.  Each year the Mainstreet Piqua organization puts out a number of collectible Piqua items and the proceeds from the sale of the collectibles are used to support the organization's mission of improving and beautifying downtown Piqua.

Gallery Wrapped Canvas         Gallery Wrapped Canvase

For more information about the gallery wrapped canvas prints, call Mainstreet Piqua at  937-773-9355.

Need a Gift?  Run out of time?

The Mainstreet Piqua website has a new enhanced shopping basket feature and now all your Piqua Collectibles are available with the click of a mouse! Payment is handled through the secure payment processor PayPal.  There are currently 15 items to purchase on the website and more items will be added as they are added to the Mainstreet Piqua inventory. 

All items will be shipped using the Flat Rate shipping services through the United States Postal Service with receipt delivery confirmation. 

Once you have chosen your items and completed payment your selections will be carefully packed and shipped from the Mainstreet Piqua office.  If you decide to ship multiple items to one location your selections will be combined into one box and additional shipping charges will be refunded through PayPal.

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If you have ideas or suggestions for the improvement of downtown Piqua please share your thoughts with us through the Mainstreet Piqua Suggestion Box. We appreciate your input and thank you in advance.

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PO Box 1703
Piqua, OH 45356
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