Greenville, Ohio –The national small business movement, Independent We Stand, announces the quarterfinalists, including Main Street Greenville of Darke County Ohio, of the 2016 Independent We Stand “America’s Main Streets” contest. As the lifeblood of our cities and towns, Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place. Independent We Stand invites the public to vote for their favorite quarterfinalist and move a deserving Main Street one step closer to the grand prize of $25,000.
Main Street Greenville is a historic district offering architectural beauty, charm, and a vibrant shopping atmosphere with over 50 quaint shops, stores and dining opportunities for all to enjoy! A distinct mix of local and independently owned shopping options include: a music store, three women’s clothing boutiques, a bike shop, gift shops, a butcher shop, two shoe stores (one celebrating 100 years), a specialty outdoor camping store, jewelry stores, multiple home decor shops, a custom framing shop, antiques, consignment shops, and more! The district also features 11 dining establishments, a vintage arcade, and the only KitchenAid® retail store in the world. The district has seen a recent surge of new business development, including a $250,000 restaurant renovation in a historic property.
“Our community has actively pursued downtown revitalization as a goal for success since the late 1970’s. Over time, we have seen community engagement grow and feel we are in the position to fully utilize the $25,000 award,” said Amber Garrett, Executive Director of Main Street Greenville. “We appreciate everyone who has voted thus far, we hope they will continue to support us through the finish line!”
“The goal of this inaugural Independent We Stand ‘America’s Main Streets’ contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We are so pleased to see how passionate people are about their Main Streets. It’s evident by the broad range of nominations we saw representing 44 states in the first round. Now, it’s time to rally and vote again for these terrific quarterfinalists.”