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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

Levy Chair gets nod as Parade Grand Marshal

Pastor Kazy Hinds, Grand Marshal of the Downtown Piqua Holiday ParadePastor Kazy Hinds, the committee chair of the recently passed City of Piqua Safety Services Levy, is being honored as the Grand Marshal of the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade. Hinds was nominated for the honor by the Piqua Fire Department.  As a result of the passage of the levy the city will be able to hire five additional police officers and maintain the six firefighters that were hired under a short-term federal grant. 

The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 2 p.m. in downtown Piqua and the theme for the annual community celebration is "Happy Birthday, Rudolf."  The Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is a part of the Christmas Experiences in Piqua weekend which includes Christmas on the Green on Friday night, December 5.  The downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is sponsored by McVety Realty, Barclay's Men's-Women's Clothier and Mark Reedy of Thrivent Financial.

Kazy Hinds has been a resident of Piqua since October of 2008 and is the pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church.  In addition to working on the safety levy Hinds is involved in the Piqua Rotary Club, The Piqua Optimist Club and sits of the board of the Piqua Area United Way.

To allow everyone to more fully enjoy the parade, and to ensure better safety for both the participants and the viewers, there will be no parking in the 300, 400 and 500 blocks of N. Main Street from 1:30 - 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6.  For more information about the downtown Piqua Holiday Parade call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355

Jackson Tube Service2014 "Made in Piqua" Ornament Available

Piqua's rich industrial heritage continues to be honored by Mainstreet Piqua as the eighth "Made in Piqua" ornament honors one of Piqua's largest companies with a long history in the Piqua community. The new ornament honors Jackson Tube Service and features the metal sculpture in front of the corporate headquarters, the Jackson Tube logo and a large American Flag. The ornaments are packaged in boxes specially produced for the project by Piqua Paper Box Company.  The cost per ornament is $12.

Mainstreet Director Lorna Swisher, who is coordinating the project, says Jackson Tube Service President Bob Jackson was intimately involved in the design of the ornament.  "Nobody knows Jackson Tube better than Bob, so we reached out to him so that this ornament will truly reflect his company," says Swisher.  "We felt very strongly that the American Flag needed to be a part of the ornament because the Jackson Tube Service American flag is such a dominant feature of the Piqua landscape," added Swisher

"We are thrilled to be featured on the Mainstreet Piqua Made in Piqua ornament," says Jackson Tube Service President Bob Jackson.  "Jackson Tube Service has been producing steel tubing products in Piqua for over 40 years and many of our excellent employees live in and around the Piqua community," says Jackson. 

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 both historical business as well as those still present in the community.  Companies that have been featured in the Made in Piqua ornament series include Decker's, Hartzell Propeller, Favorite Stove Company, The French Oil Mill Machinery Company, Meteor Motor Car Company, Atlas Underwear 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.

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.  

Piqua Holiday Parade December 6, 2014Holiday Parade set for December 6

An American icon will be honored this year during the annual Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade! "Happy Birthday, Rudolf" is the theme of parade in honor of Rudolf the Reindeer's 75th Birthday. Participation in the annual holiday parade is open to area businesses, civic organizations, non-profits, churches and other interested groups. The parade will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 6. A traveling trophy will be awarded to the most festively decorated float and the winning entry will get to keep the trophy for the year and will be permanently recognized on the trophy with a brass plaque.

The Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade is a part of the Christmas Experiences in Piqua weekend which is made up of Christmas on the Green on Friday, December 5 from 6 - 9 p.m. and the Holly Jolly 5K/10K Run on Saturday, December 6 at 10 a.m.

The Parade is generously sponsored McVety Realty, Thrivent Financial For Lutherans and Barclay's Men's - Women's Clothier. There is no charge to participate in the downtown Piqua Holiday Parade and everyone is invited to join in the fun. Applications for the Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade can be downloaded HERE or are available from the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 N. Main Street. The application deadline for the parade is Monday, November 24, 2014.

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.


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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Mainstreet Piqua, Inc.
PO Box 1703
Piqua, OH 45356
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