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
YWCA Hosts Terry Harrison — “Accessorizing your Wardrobe” for Evening Dessert
Terry Harrison of Barclay’s Men and Women Clothiers, will be the featured speaker for the YWCA Evening Dessert on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 7 p.m. The Evening Dessert, sponsored by the YWCA Membership Committee, is open to the public. Membership is not required.
“I will be bringing lots of items to help accessorize your wardrobe for the new year,” said Harrison. “Our new line of items will be out and I am excited to show lots of different things you can wear to stretch your wardrobe and change the look of something by adding scarves, jewelry and other things,” she added.
The YWCA will also be unveiling the 2015 travel plans for the upcoming season at the conclusion of the program. “We’re excited to share the wonderful travel plans we have set for the spring and fall,” said Leesa Baker, YWCA Executive Director. “We have some fun and unusual trips planned that I think everyone will be excited about,” she added.
Reservations must be made by Monday, January 26. The YWCA is handicap accessible. Cost for the dessert is $3 per person.
For more information or to make reservations, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne Street or call 773-6626.
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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