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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.  

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.

Fundraising Efforts begin for Downtown Planter Program

Downtown Planter ProgramThanks to an excellent partnership between the Mainstreet Piqua Beautification Committee, the City of Piqua and the Green Leaf Garden Club, downtown Piqua's planters looked absolutely amazing last summer and the downtown organization is looking for a repeat performance again this year.

Mainstreet Piqua has kicked off the fundraising drive to purchase the same kind of plants used in the planters last year.  Because of careful attention from the City of Piqua and the members of the Green Leaf Garden Club the red dragon leaf begonia and vinca vine flourished and provided beautiful color throughout the downtown all summer long.  This year, immediately prior to planting, the planters will receive additional new soil, which will give the flowers an extra boost at the beginning of the growing season and will help them look great throughout the summer months.     

The planters will be planted in mid May (in time for Taste of the Arts) and will be maintained through September.  To fill each planter with the selected flowers and greenery the cost is approximately $35 per planter. 

Those wishing to contribute to the planter program may make a fully tax deductible gift to the "Friends of Mainstreet Piqua"- a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been formed to help with important community projects like this one.  Checks should be made payable to "Friends of Mainstreet Piqua" and mailed to PO Box 1703, Piqua, OH  45356.  For more information about the planter program, or Mainstreet Piqua, please call Mainstreet at 773-9355.  Any additional funds raised through this effort will be used to purchase a new set of Christmas banners for downtown Piqua. 

For more information about downtown Piqua's beautification program call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.

Press release from Heritage Ohio

Columbus OH - Heritage Ohio is proud to announce the 2014 certification of Piqua as a National Main Street Community.   Piqua became a member of the Main Street program in 2000, and since continues to revitalize the historic downtown district.

Mainstreet Piqua is being recognized as proficient in the ten criteria as set by the National Main Street Center.  This designation is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the Mainstreet Piqua Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers.   Mainstreet Piqua is a non-profit organization that serves Piqua and beyond, by creating a thriving downtown as the heart and center of commerce and community.

Heritage Ohio helps people to: save the places that matter, build community, and live better.  As Ohio's official historic preservation and Main Street Organization, Heritage Ohio's mission is to foster economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism.   Since 1998, Heritage Ohio has contracted with the National Trust
for Historic Preservation as Ohio's state coordinating agency for the Main Street Program.  Learn more at


Mainstreet Piqua Recognizes Businesses and IndividualsMainstreet 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.  


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
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