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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth Season of Piqua Farmers Market Begins Thursday, May 23
It is hard to believe but the fifth season of the Piqua Community Farmers Market will get underway next Thursday (May 23). Many aspects of the market are the same but there are some minor changes this year. The Piqua Community Farmers Market will continue to be held on Thursdays in Canal Place but the new market hours are 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. The market also has new
sponsors this year including AM Leonard and Goin' Postal.
So far there are seventeen approved vendors for the 2013 season and they are mostly from Miami, Shelby, Champaign and Darke counties. The Piqua Community Farmers Market will be held each Thursday through September 12 but
there will be no market on Thursday, July 4.
The Piqua Community Farmers Market is organized by Mainstreet Piqua and the organization's Executive Director Lorna Swisher says although it has been a wet and cool spring there will still be plenty to find at the market. "We will have lots of fresh salad greens including romaine and leaf lettuces, spinach and Swiss chard as well as vegetable plants, flowers, maple syrup, honey, and radishes." Says Lorna Swisher, "In addition to our vegetable vendors we will also have several new craft vendors and a huge variety of baked goods." Those wishing to receive the free weekly farmer's market e-newsletter can sign up at www.piquafarmersmarket.com. The newsletter outlines what new items are coming to the market each week and contains all the details about special events planned for the weekly market.
Mainstreet Piqua has a full slate of activities planned for the market this year including a berry pie baking contest on June 6 and a cooking demonstration by Chef JB from Mulligan's Pub on June 13.
The Piqua Community Farmers Market is still accepting vendor applications and interested vendors are encouraged to contact Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 or download the applications and guidelines from www.piquafarmersmarket.com. The Farmers Market is a project of the Mainstreet Piqua.
Groovy Gourd Logo Design Unveiled
Earlier this spring Mainstreet Piqua put out a call for both amateurs and professionals to submit a logo design for Piqua's upcoming brand new bike event called the "Groovy Gourd Bike Tour." The logo contest criteria left the design parameters fairly open but did specify the words "Groovy Gourd Bike Tour Piqua, Ohio" had be included.
Eleven different submissions from throughout the area were received. Many of the designs reflected various shaped gourds and pumpkins and bicycles of various shapes and sizes. The choice was a tough one says Mainstreet Piqua Executive Director Lorna Swisher. The committee was challenged to think about the many ways the design would be used in order to make their selection.
The eventual winner of the contest was Amy Panfalone of Liberty Township and she has been presented with a $100 check. "We were delighted with the response, but we chose this particular design because of its fun, lighthearted design and bold lines," says Lorna Swisher. The logo will appear on the bike tour applications, poster and eventually the tour t-shirts. The Groovy Gourd Bike Tour will be held on Saturday, October 19. Details about the event will be on the Mainstreet Piqua website at mainstreetpiqua.com in the coming weeks. Anyone wanting more information about the Groovy Gourd Bike Tour is invited to call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.
2013 "Made in Piqua" Ornament Available
The Piqua Paper Box Company Ornament
Piqua's rich industrial heritage continues to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua as the sixth
"Made in Piqua" ornament honors one of Piqua's oldest companies. The new ornament
honors the Piqua Box Company and features a historic view of the front of their Covington Avenue building, the company logo and a set of three boxes like the ones made at the Piqua company. The ornament is brass with dark blue highlights. The ornaments are packaged in boxes specially produced for the project by the Piqua Box Company. The cost per ornament is $12.
"The Piqua Paper Box Company appreciates the opportunity to be a part of this great project," says Lauren Gleason. "We are very pleased with the way our ornament turned out and are honored to be a part in representing the people of Piqua who have contributed to our continuing operation since 1908. After 104 year, we are still proud to be in Piqua, Ohio!"
The idea for the collectible ornaments 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 and the Meteor Motor Car 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.
Two New Piqua Cat's Meow's Available
Over the past several years Mainstreet Piqua has been generating lots of different kinds of collectibles for the Piqua community and is pleased to be able to present two new offerings. The Wilder Intermediate School buildings are now available in the form of Cat's Meow collectibles.
Cat's Meow Collectibles are exact replicas of a building or landmark on silk-screened custom-shaped pieces of wood. The Wilder and Bennett buildings join the Springcreek and Washington buildings that were done earlier this year. Mainstreet Piqua has done a number of Piqua buildings, including the Fort Piqua Plaza, Hance Pavilion, the Municipal Government Complex, the Gazebo and Veteran's Memorial.
The full line of Cat's Meow collectibles, along with the Piqua ornaments, crocks, puzzles, note cards and playing cards, can be purchased again at Readmore's Hallmark, 430 N. Main Street and Apple Tree Gallery, 405 N. Main Street. A limited selection of Piqua Cat's Meow collectibles are also available at Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees at 118 W. High Street and downtown Piqua.
All the Cat's Meow pieces are $20 with the exception of the Gazebo, which is $15. For more information, contact Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.
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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