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 email@example.com
Mainstreet Piqua Plans Full Slate of Holiday Events
Mainstreet Piqua's volunteer committees have been working hard these past few months to plan a full slate of events for the "Christmas Experiences in Piqua" weekend on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7 in downtown Piqua. The activities include Christmas on the Green, the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade and the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run.
On Friday, December 6 the Mainstreet Piqua Christmas on the Green event will take place from 6 - 9 p.m. throughout downtown Piqua. The event will include the traditional carriage rides, community caroling, children's activities and costumed characters. Event attendees will also enjoy live performances by both the Piqua High School show choir "The Company" and the Lehman Limelighters, and the centerpiece of the Christmas on the Green event, community caroling at the gazebo, will occur at 7 p.m. immediately following the lighting of the community Christmas Tree. The Christmas on the Green event is supported by the French Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation. The French family organized an annual "Caroling on the Square" event in December of 1991 and prior to that the family had observed the tradition of neighborhood Christmas caroling for over 50 years.
A perennially popular feature of Christmas on the Green each year is the carriage rides and this year the pick-up and drop-off point for both units will be in the 300 block of N. Main Street in front of The Second Story Gallery. The carriage rides are $1 per person. For the little ones the Piqua Public Library Children's activities will be held in the children's Department on the lower level of the Fort Piqua Plaza. Children's Librarian Nancy Spillane and her staff and volunteers have a variety of fun activities scheduled for Christmas on the Green. There is no charge to participate in the activities and games. The children's area of Christmas on the Green is sponsored and presented by the Children's Department of the Piqua Public Library. During Christmas on the Green there will be several costumed characters strolling around the downtown. In addition to Santa Claus there will be visits by the Gingerbread Boy, Rudolf, Frosty the Snowman, a toy soldier and the Nutcracker. The characters are willing to take time to pose with kids as they stroll throughout the downtown and hand out candy. Christmas on the Green is fun for all members of the family and many of downtown Piqua's stores will be open extended hours for the event. The Christmas on the Green event is sponsored by the French Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation and Unity National Bank.
The tenth annual Holly Jolly Run will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. Since this is the 10th year, event organizers added a 10K run to the existing 5K run offering. The registration will take place in the lobby of the Municipal Government Complex. Applications for the run are available at Mainstreet Piqua or can be downloaded from the Mainstreet Piqua website at www.mainstreetpiqua.com. Mainstreet Piqua has also teamed with Speedy-Feet and registration for the run can also take place on line at www.speedyfeet.com. Same day registrations for the race are also accepted. The Holly Jolly run is sponsored by Atlantis Sportswear and Upper Valley Medical Centers / Premiere Health Partners.
Also on Saturday, December 7 the Downtown Holiday Parade will step off from the corner of Main and North Streets at 2 p.m. and make its way south on Main Street to High Street and then proceed on High to Downing Streets. The theme of the Holiday Parade this year will be 'Star Spangled Christmas.' Immediately following the parade Santa will be visiting with kids in the lobby of the Fort Piqua Plaza. The Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is sponsored by McVety Realty, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Barclay's Men's-Women's Clothiers.
For more information about the slated weekend activities call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 or download the full Christmas on the Green schedule of events here.
Mainstreet Piqua Recognizes Businesses and Individuals
At the recently held Mainstreet Piqua annual meeting, the downtown organization took time to recognize individuals and businesses who they believe have significantly helped the downtown and the Piqua community. This is the second year that Mainstreet Piqua has had awards as a part of its annual meeting. The "Cornerstone Business Award" went to Readmore's Hallmark located at 430 N. Main Street. The Cornerstone Business Award is intended for a business that serves as an anchor for the downtown community; not only economically, but socially, culturally and civically. Readmore's Hallmark was recognized for their long-standing commitment to downtown and for sponsoring downtown events, supporting the Mainstreet Piqua program, and for being an exemplary business leader. Mary Beth Barhorst received the award on behalf of Readmore's Hallmark. Last year the Cornerstone Business Award was given to Barclay's Men's - Women's Clothier.
The "Downtown Community Award" was given to Buckeye Insurance Group. This award acknowledges a business or organization that may or may not be located downtown that provides exemplary support of all that is downtown Piqua. This entity recognizes that the community benefits from a thriving downtown, and therefore, they have assisted Mainstreet Piqua in its efforts to promote and enhance the community's historic core. Buckeye Insurance Group President Doug Haines was on hand to receive the award. The 2012 recipient of the Downtown Community Award was Unity National Bank.
"The Heart of the Community" award was presented to Gary Anderson. This award honors a person(s) who has given a veritable lifetime of service to downtown Piqua. The recipient has exceeded the expectations of the community in their generous support of downtown and recognizes volunteerism and leadership in the Mainstreet Piqua program. Gary Anderson was on hand to accepted the award. The 2012 recipients of the Heart of the Community award were Dan and Margaret French.
The featured speaker for the Mainstreet Piqua annual meeting was Lisa Patt-McDaniel. Lisa Patt-McDaniel is currently a board member for Heritage Ohio, Inc. and was former director of the Ohio Department of Development.
She currently serves as the Director of Community Development with the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing. Ms. Patt-McDaniel spoke about the importance of having a strong downtown.
Mainstreet Piqua is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Piqua. The organization is responsible for a number of projects in the Piqua community including downtown beautification and hosts several events throughout the year including Taste of the Arts, Christmas on the Green and the Piqua Community Farmers Market.
2013 "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.
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.
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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