Since 1989, Manchester Main Street (MMS) has been committed to revitalizing and enhancing the rich cultural, natural and architectural resources that make North Manchester a unique and wonderful place to live. Thanks to the active participation and financial generosity of this great community, MMS accomplished quite a bit over the past year.
MMS coordinated the third annual Eel River Arts Festival showcasing North Manchester’s varied creative talent. The event encouraged tourism, instilled local pride and provided creative enrichment activities for all ages. And, the America in Bloom and North Manchester Garden Club committees collaborated with Peabody Retirement Community to re-plant nearly 7000 tulip bulbs donated annually by The Hardware. Over time, the Peabody Tulip Program will create a welcoming patchwork of springtime blooms throughout North Manchester. MMS offers personalized engraved pavers; 330 have been installed in the downtown sidewalks to date. All paver sales revenue is restricted to town improvement projects. MMS is also exploring strategies to promote small business retention, recruitment and development.
2015 marked the inaugural MMS Preservation Awards, honoring individuals and entities for exemplary restoration efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live. The annual awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation. For the holiday season, MMS encourages Main Street corridor businesses to “Light Up The Town” by outlining their windows in white lights. MMS adds to the festivities and downtown decorations with storefront holiday artwork by Manchester Community Schools’ students. And, to celebrate all these 2015 achievements, MMS hosts an annual Holiday Gala. This exclusive event highlights North Manchester’s numerous attributes – historic buildings, great restaurants, diverse retail and multi-talented residents.
“Manchester Main Street represents a diverse range of age groups, businesses, and economic and community interests in North Manchester. It is by nature a community-driven process empowering local citizens to enact positive change,” said Renata Robinson. Each year, MMS targets specific town revitalization projects to capitalize on North Manchester’s diverse assets, stimulate the local economy, promote our town and enhance our surroundings. As project planning begins for 2016, MMS welcomes new committee members and the public is invited to attend meetings to voice town improvement suggestions. There are six active committees: America in Bloom, Economic Restructuring, Historic Preservation & Design, Manchester PATH Group, North Manchester Garden Club and Promotion & Art.
If you like and are encouraged by the work that Manchester Main Street is doing, please visit our website and download a 2016 Business or Individual Membership form. MMS is a 501(c)(3) Indiana not-for-profit corporation and accredited state Main Street organization. Your tax-deductible contribution will be reinvested back into our community, and helps build upon our local pride, exceptional volunteerism and abundant talents. MMS’ office is in the Chamber building (109 N. Market Street), and we encourage business owners and community members to stop in, gather more information and provide feedback. You may contact Manchester Main Street by phone at 260-982-7644 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manchester Main Street (MMS) is thankful for the tremendous support of local businesses and residents in helping “Light Up The Town” this holiday season. The Main Street business corridor is dazzling with festive white lights outlining the merchants’ windows. You may also notice the new holiday artwork in the downtown storefronts? MMS’ Historic Preservation & Design and Promotion & Art committees have collaborated withManchester Community Schools(MCS) for this annual installation.
Each year MCS elementary, intermediate and junior high students create colorful banner designs for the Honeywell Center’s Winter Banner Contest. Wabash and Miami County districts are invited to participate, and ten banners from each school are submitted and displayed at the Clark Gallery. This year 40 winners were honored and will be reproduced as full-sized street pole banners.MCS’ 2015 selections will be installed on the historic light posts in downtown North Manchester by early December.
MMS coordinated with MCS art teachers and downtown building owners to fill the windows of eleven storefronts with the student banner artwork. We invite you to take a stroll downtown. 147 creative holiday scenes complement the decorative lighting on Main Street. And, while taking in the sights, be sure to stop by North Manchester’s many unique retailers and specialty stores for all your holiday shopping needs.
Select notecards featuring images from MMS’ Discover North Manchester exhibit are available at Cottage Creations, KenapocoMocha Coffee Shop, Nordmann’s Nook, One World Handcrafts, Peabody Retirement Community,Timbercrest Senior Living Community, and MMS’ office (109 N. Market Street) in North Manchester, and atVisit Wabash County (221 S. Miami Street) in Wabash. To purchase additional merchandise – notecards, prints, posters, etc. – CLICK HERE. For more information, contact Manchester Main Street at 260-982-7644 or email@example.com.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.