“Next Tuesday, we have hopefully our final meeting
with Heritage Ohio," Farmer explains. "We hope to become a
Main Street Community, which is a national movement for restoration and
historic preservation for downtowns.
Being part of a Main Street Community, we’ll have the resources we need to
move our beautiful city to the next phase.”
And, she says it’s a four point approach to
accomplish the goals of the organization.
The first, which is what people really see, is promotions and marketing.
“That is what is really busy during the summer and
at Christmas time," Farmer says. "We have some events
that are going on. We have the Merchants
and Artists Walk, which is five times a year now. That’s on the second Friday of each month,
and the next one will be July 12th.
The one we just had was very successful and very well attended. We are very pleased about that. The next event we have coming up is the Red,
White, and Blues Festival, which is July 5th.”
Farmer says funds raised from the festival help
support the hanging baskets of flowers in downtown and in Harmar.
She says the other parts of the approach include
design – examining how buildings look and helping owners with restoration and
beautification; organization – which is running the business operations; and
economic restructuring – which is comprised of helping merchants make their