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
Clean Up Day Saturday, May 9 in Downtown Piqua
In preparation for all the activities that will be happening in downtown Piqua this summer, Mainstreet Piqua will be hosting its Annual Downtown Clean Up Day on Saturday, May 9th in conjunction with the City of Piqua city-wide clean up day. Projects will include pulling weeds, sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, washing street-level windows of vacant buildings and general sprucing up.
Mainstreet Piqua is looking for volunteers for the project and anyone interested in helping is encouraged to meet at the gazebo on High Street at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and juice. A selection of donuts will be provided courtesy of Dobo's Delights Bakery. The clean up will run from 8:30 - Noon.
Mainstreet Piqua has a limited number of gloves and the City of Piqua will be providing trash barrels and other basic supplies. Volunteers are encouraged to bring gloves, brooms, dustpans and rakes if they have them.
The Downtown Clean Up Day is being chaired by Jim Hemmert. "We think this is the perfect time to get out and do a little spring cleaning," says Hemmert. Civic organizations, children's groups and church youth groups are also encouraged to participate in the Downtown Clean Up day.
For more information about the Downtown portion of the city-wide Clean Up please call the Mainstreet Piqua office at 773-9355.
Historical Walking Tours Offered
The Piqua Tourism Council, in cooperation with the Local History department of the Piqua Public Library and Mainstreet Piqua have teamed up to offer five different walking tours of Piqua to occur this spring and fall. The tour series starts on Saturday, April 25 with a tour of the Fountain Park Area. The tour starts at 10:30 A.M. at the main entrance of Fountain Park.
The walking tour will explore the history of Fountain Park, Chautauqua and Hance Pavilion. Many of the Queen Anne Style homes were built to take advantage of the natural beauty of the park. This will be a gentle walk that is generally ADA compliant and should last about two hours.
The second tour will be a Lockington Locks tour on Saturday, May 16 from 10:30 A.M. through 12:30 P.M. Participants will meet in the main Lockington Locks parking area off Tow Path Trail in Lockington. Johnson Farm and Indian Agency director Andy Hite will give a fascinating tour of this remarkably well preserved canal lock and talk about the important social and economic impact of the Lock system. Sturdy shoes are encouraged. This tour is not handicapped accessible.
The third tour in the series will be a Saturday, May 30 from 1PM to 2PM (in conjunction with the Piqua Cyclovia) and will be a 1913 Flood Tour. Those wishing to participate should meet at Lock 9 Park at the intersection of Water and Spring Streets. The tour will focus on the devastation of the 1913 floor in the bend of the Great Miami River. This will be a gentle walk with some optional climbs of the flood levy. With the exceptions of the levies this walk is generally ADA compliant. There is no charge for this tour.
The fourth tour will be the Favorite Stove Area on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30 A.M. though 12:30 P.M. Participants will meet at south east corner of College and South Streets. Plenty of on-street parking is available. This tour will focus on the vast industrial complex around the area of the 1880's Favorite Stove & Range Company as it went through many occupants and uses. This will be an exterior tour only. This will be a reasonably gentle walk.
The last tour of the series will be a Piqua Power Plant/Nuclear Plant tour and will be held on Saturday, October 17 from 10:30 A.M. through 12:30. Participants will meet at the parking area on the south end of the Piqua Power Plant on S. Main Street. This tour will be an EXTERIOR tour of the Piqua Power Plant and an interior tour of the Piqua nuclear plant on the east side of the river. This tour is not handicapped accessible.
Tickets are available for the tours at $5.00 each. Tickets may be purchased at the Mainstreet Piqua office at 326 North Main. The tours will be led by Piqua historian Jim Oda (unless otherwise noted.) This project is sponsored by the Piqua Tourism Council with additional assistance from Mainstreet Piqua and the Piqua Public Library. Call Mainstreet Piqua at 937-773-9355 for additional information.
i LOVE PIQUA Community Workshop Series Announced!
It is with great excitement that i LOVE PIQUA Community Workshop Series announces the first speaker scheduled to present as part of the community workshop series. On June 2, 2015 For THE LOVE of CITIES author Peter Kageyama will present an interactive workshop that provides community members with the tools to develop their own ideas about making their community more lovable. This half day workshop will explore how people connect within their own community, and how to improve and maximize that connection and lead more people towards being “in love” with their place and ultimately doing something for their city. The workshop identifies key community assets including the emotionally engaged citizens that shape the city and develop strategies and tactics to engage these local development resources. The strategies Peter presents emphasize locally based solutions that do not require significant resources and can be quickly implemented.
Register to attend the June 2nd event at http://ilovepiqua.eventbrite.com/ or by visiting the i LOVE PIQUA Community Workshop Series Facebook page.
Sponsored by the City of Piqua, Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce, Piqua Arts Council, Mainstreet Piqua, Piqua Public Library, Citizens for a Better Piqua, Positively Promoting Piqua, Edison Community College Foundation, and the Piqua Optimist Club, the i LOVE PIQUA Community Workshop Series is intended to serve as a forum that unites the efforts of local non-profit agencies in support of providing high quality community workshops for the purpose of offering learning opportunities to the community that foster loving where you live, building community pride, and discovering what you can do to improve the city of Piqua.
Questions: Lorna Swisher, Mainstreet Piqua
Phone (937) 773-9355
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Downtown Piqua Store Hosts Gathering of Christmas Collectors
Apple Tree Gallery, downtown Piqua's 365 Christmas and Halloween store will be hosting a unique educational and shopping event on Saturday, April 11and the event is open to the public. This special day-long event allows visitors to browse and shop for rare and unique Christmas and Halloween items, as well as attend lectures given by knowledgeable area collectors who are members of the Ohio Friends of Christmas organization. Apple Tree Gallery is located at 405 N. Main Street in downtown Piqua. On Friday, April 10 feather tree expert Dennis Bauer will be hosting a feather tree making workshop from 6 – 8 p.m. The workshop is limited to the first 15 registrants and the cost is $30 per person. At the end of the evening workshop participants will have a beautiful window sill feather tree in dark green, black or white. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 there will be numerous vendors selling Christmas and Halloween items from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s as well as early 1900’s Santa’s, postcards and older Radko ornaments. Other items available include Dept. 56 houses, artist-made spun cotton ornaments, paper houses and other vintage collectibles. This is the third year Apple Tree Gallery has hosted the event, which last year featured vendors from throughout Ohio as well as from Michigan. The day begins at 10 a.m. when the marketplace opens. The informational presentations are scatted throughout the day. At 10:30 a.m. Troy, Ohio antique toy collector Susan Bickert will do a presentation on “The Story of Early German Toys.” At 12:30 David Rineair will be talking about the making of German Glass Ornaments. Rineair is from Cincinnati and is an avid Christmas collector and professional buyer for Macy’s Department stores. At 1:15 p.m. there will be a presentation on the history behind the writing of the famous poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Mike Ciancio. Through the years Ciancio has accumulated an interesting collection of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” books and seeing the different covers makes this presentation very enjoyable and memorable. At 2 p.m. David Rineair will be back to talk about the making of papier-mâché nativity figures. The cost to attend all the educational sessions plus the marketplace is $5 per person, payable at the door.
For a schedule of events and more information about the event call Apple Tree Gallery at 773-1801. This special marketplace is being held in conjunction with the Ohio Friends of Christmas’ Christmas meet.
2014 "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.
Mainstreet Piqua Launches Smartphone App for Downtown Piqua
Break 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.
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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