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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

2015 Aerovent "Made in Piqua" Ornament2015 "Made in Piqua" Ornament Available

Piqua's rich industrial heritage continues to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua as the ninth "Made in Piqua" ornament honors one of Piqua's historic companies. The new ornament features the Aerovent Fan Company and depicts a side view of the building on Aerovent Drive. The ornament is brass.  The ornaments are packaged in boxes specially produced for the project by Piqua Paper Box Company.  The cost per ornament is $12. 

Aerovent Fan Company started in 1926 as the Piqua Electric Service Company. In 1932 they changed their name to the Aerovent Fan Company and moved to the 700 East Ash Street location in 1934. The Aerovent Fan Company expanded and produced industrial fans and crop dryers.  After being purchased by two out of area firms they closed permanently in Piqua 1993.

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, Piqua Paper Box Company, Atlas Underwear Company and Jackson Tube Service.

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.

Holiday Parade set for December 5

"Let Sleigh Bells Ring" will be the theme of the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade to be held on Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Participation in the parade is open to area businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, churches and other interested groups. If you would like to participate, please download your application HERE.

The Parade is generously sponsored by McVety Realty, Thrivent Financial and Barclay's Men's - Women's Clothier. There is no charge to participate and if you have any question, please call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355. The application deadline is Monday, November 23, 2015.

Friends of Mainstreet Piqua Receives $1000 Grant

Friends of Mainstreet Piqua Receives $1000 Grant


Tom Walter of Walter Agencies, Inc. of Allstate recently presented Lorna Swisher, Executive Director of Mainstreet Piqua with a $1000 check from The Allstate Foundation. The grant was made to Friends of Mainstreet Piqua because of the volunteerism provided by Tom Walter and employees of his agency on Caldwell Street. The Allstate Foundation has donated more than $400 million in funding across the country to address key social efforts. 


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.

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.

Got ideas?

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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Contact Information:

Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
PO Box 1703
Piqua, OH 45356
Phone 937-773-9355
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