mission

Best Ice Cream in Ohio: Local Shops to Sample this Summer

July is National Ice Cream Month, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. To celebrate this quasi-month-long holiday, we discovered and sampled some of Ohio’s best ice creams (jealous yet?). So here is Heritage Ohio’s list of the best ice cream parlors in Ohio.

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Dietsch Brothers

photo via TripAdvisor

Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream – Findlay

Dietsch Brothers has been serving ice cream and chocolates using family recipes since 1937. The popular Findlay store has been repeatedly named a “Top 10 Ice Cream Shop” by TripAdvisor and their chocolate-covered pretzels are a favorite of Bette Midler. In addition to ice cream cones, the store offers a variety of sundaes, old-fashioned sodas, and a unique banana split.

Locations

400 W. Main Cross St. & 1217 Tiffin Ave., Findlay

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio- Aglamesis Brothers

photo via Cincinnati USA

Aglamesis Brothers – Cincinnati

A Cincinnati tradition since 1908, Aglamesis Brothers is an ice cream lover’s paradise. The Oakley Square location, opened in 1913, is mostly unchanged since its opening, decorated with bright colors and warm marble. Beyond the traditional ice cream flavors you would expect are several creative flavors including pineapple pecan and banana chocolate chip. They also offer a good selection of Italian ices.

Locations

3046 Madison Rd. & 9899 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Jeni's Ice Cream

photo via Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Spledid Ice Creams – Columbus & Cleveland

James Beard Award winner Jeni Britton Bauer opened her first scoop shop in 2002, offering what was at the time a truly innovative approach to ice cream making. Ice cream at Jeni’s is made from grass-fed cow milk and whole ingredients, as well as a whole lot of creativity. The stores offer classic Jeni’s flavors like salty caramel and the milkiest chocolate in the whole wide world, as well a rotating collections of ice cream that offer some truly unique flavors such as sweet corn with black raspberry and banana with honey. We may be biased as Columbus locals, but we think this is some of the best ice cream in Ohio. This isn’t your ordinary ice cream parlor and should be a destination for any true ice cream lover.

Numerous Locations in Columbus & Cleveland

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream

photo via Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream

Mitchell’s Homemade Ice Cream – Cleveland

After an evening of fruitlessly hunting for homemade ice cream in Seattle in the 1990s, Mike & Pete Mitchell decided to make the “best, most delicious ice cream.” They opened their first store in Westlake in 1999 and have been serving Cleveland ever since. The stores offer ice cream classics and unique flavors like porter chocolate chunk and vegan offerings as well. The Ohio City location offers several flavors that you can only find at that store, which is also an Ohio Historic Tax Credit project. Simply put, the next time you are in Cleveland, visit a Mitchell’s store and thank us later.

7 Locations in the Cleveland Metro Area

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Tom's Ice Cream Bowl

photo via Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl

Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl – Zanesville

Tom’s has been a Zanesville fixture since 1948. The shop has a great retro vibe to it, inviting you to eat more ice cream. Tom’s offers a good variety of classic ice cream flavors, but many people go for the over-the-top sundaes. Either way, you’ll be happy you stopped by.

Location

532 McIntire Ave., Zanesville

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Graeters at Union Terminal

photo via Thought & Sight

Graeter’s Ice Cream – Numerous Locations

When people talk about Cincinnati ice cream, you’ll undoubtedly hear that Graeter’s is the best ice cream in Ohio. Graeter’s traces its ice cream history back to 1868 when Louis Graeter started selling ice cream at street markets in Cincinnati. Starting in 1900, he and his wife started making ice cream using French Pots and the technique is still used by the company today. Vanilla and black raspberry chocolate chip are local favorites, but we suggest you try them all.

Locations in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, & Oxford

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Taggarts

photo via Thought & Sight on Instagram

Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant – Canton

Opened in 1926, Taggarts has been a family favorite since day 1. The restaurant offers a large selection of soups and sandwiches, but the ice cream takes center stage here. The most popular item is ‘The Bittner’, a 3/4 lb. sundae of vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate syrup and topped with roasted pecans. Absolutely delicious.

Locations

1401 Fulton Rd. NW, Canton & 107 S. Main St., Magnolia

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio

photo via Queen City Discovery

The Cone – West Chester

The origin story of The Cone has to be one of the more unique tales in Ohio ice cream lore. The owner wanted to open a new and unique ice cream store. When his parents were vacationing in Florida, they happened upon a ice cream cone-shaped building for sale. He purchased it, brought it back to Ohio and opened The Cone in 1995. The Cone is known for their soft-serve ice cream, especially the strawberry, made with real strawberries. The ice cream and shaved ice menu is extensive, so you will have no trouble finding something to put a smile on your face.

Location

6855 Tylersville Rd., West Chester

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Hartzler Family Dairy

photo via One Tank Trips

Hartzler Family Dairy – Wooster

Just a few miles northeast of historic downtown Wooster is the Hartzler Family Dairy. The farm operates on the principle of “farming as nature intended,” so you won’t find dairy products made with antibiotics or pesticides used on crops. The family opened the dairy in 1996 to meet the demand for high quality dairy products. Hartzler’s Ice Cream Shoppe sells both food and ice cream. The centerpiece is the Barn Buster Parfait, an oversized hot fudge sundae with vanilla custard. Delicious.

Location

5454 Cleveland Rd., Wooster

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Stoddards Frozen Custard

photo via Stoddard’s

Stoddard’s Original Frozen Custard – Kent

OK, ice cream purists, custard is not ice cream. But that shouldn’t stop you from visiting Stoddard’s, just outside of downtown Kent. To be clear, the shop does have ice cream too, but people absolutely love the frozen custard at this ice cream stand since it opened in 1948. It’s super creamy and delicious

Location

1321 W. Main St., Kent

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Weldon's Ice Cream Factory

photo via Weldon’s Ice Cream

Weldon’s Ice Cream Factory – Millersport

Buckeye Lake is a popular summer destination for thousands of Ohioans each year. What many people who are visiting don’t know is there is a wonderful ice cream parlor on the southwest shore of the lake in Millersport. Weldon’s opened in 1930 and continues to churn out the same delicious ice cream.

Location

2887 Canal Dr., Millersport

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio

photo via Citymaps

Bidinger’s Ice Cream – Wadsworth

Heading towards downtown Wadsworth on College Street, you’ll be greeted by a giant ice cream cone, letting you know you’ve arrived at Bidinger’s. The stand offers both hard-packed and soft-serve ice cream, but may astonish any visitor is the variety. Across the year, the store offers an ever-growing list of rotating soft-serve flavors including toasted coconut, creme brulee, and key lime, with all varieties available in a twist as well.

Location

410 College St., Wadsworth

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Honey Hut

photo via Honey Hut

Honey Hut Ice Cream – Cleveland

Honey Hut opened in 1974 with two flavors, vanilla and chocolate. The menu options soon expanded with the owner testing out new flavors on local firefighters. Today, you will find local favorites such as honey pecan on the menu, in addition to vanilla and chocolate, as well as other frozen treats to try.

5 Locations in the Cleveland Metro Area

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Cherry St Creamery

photo via Cherry St Creamery

Oser’s Dairy & Deli and Cherry Street Creamery – Canal Fulton

W are sure we’re committing a major faux-pas in the minds of locals, but we’re going to sit on the fence and say both Oser’s and Cherry Street Creamery are great. The two shops are located on opposite sides of the Ohio & Erie Canal that runs through the middle of Canal Fulton. Cherry Street Creamery is for fans of fresh-made custard and Oser’s serves hard ice cream devotees. Visit Canal Fulton and pick a side in this ice cream battle.

Location

Cherry Street Creamery, 136 Cherry St. W., Canal Fulton

Oser’s Dairy & Deli, 102 N. Canal St., Canal Fulton

 

Bonus: International Ice Creams

Tucked away in your city are many hidden ice cream gems you may have not discovered yet. We are talking about ethnic ice cream stands. You may have to find them by exploring your city or by word-of-mouth, but when you do find them, don’t be afraid to try them. They are always amazing. Since we are in Columbus, we will highlight just a few in our area that we think you should try, but find the ones closest to you! If you’re looking for more offbeat things to do in Columbus, Choosy Traveler has the lowdown on one of our favorite quirky statues.

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio- Diamond's Mexican Paletas

photo via fitt.co

Diamonds specializes in Mexican ice cream, fruit desserts, and authentic paletas. The ice cream is excellent, but you really want to go for the paletas, which you will recognize as a popsicle, but a popsicle that is better than any normal popsicle you’ve had. Trust us. They come in a wide variety of flavors and are either milk-based or water/juice-based. There are dozens to pick from, so go wild and get a few to try.

Location

4561 Bethel Sawmill Center, Columbus

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Belles Bread Matcha Soft Serve

photo via Thought & Sight on Instagram

This Japanese bakery is part of a larger Japanese menagerie of shops and restaurants in the Kenny Centre Mall. The store offers amazing cakes and baked goods, but they also offer soft-serve ice cream. You can get vanilla, matcha, or matcha-vanilla swirl flavors. For those of you who want the full Japanese experience, we suggest getting a matcha ice, which is shaved ice with matcha syrup, condensed milk, and azuki beans topped with matcha ice cream. Absolutely delicious.

Location

1168 Kenny Centre Mall, Columbus

 

Best Ice Cream in Ohio - Mardi Gras Indian Ice Cream

photo via WOSU

This Indian ice cream store has some of the creamiest ice cream you are going to find anywhere. They have the classic American flavors as well as a dozen or so Indian flavors such as rose, anjeer (fig), lychee, and Kesar Pista, a blend of pistachio, almond, saffron, and a pinch of cardamom. It’s some of the best ice cream we’ve had in Ohio. The owners are very proud of their ice cream and will let you sample them all to get the right one for you.

Location

1947 Hard Rd., Columbus

 

1,580 total views, 124 views today

Troy Main Street Seeks Executive Director

Troy Main Street is hiring an executive director to oversee operations of the local Main Street Program.

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: public relations, marketing, economic development, non-profit administration, and fundraising should apply.

Applications should be emailed to the Troy Main Street Board of Directors at troymainstreet@gmail.com .

The full job description can be viewed here.

2,479 total views, 119 views today

Downtown Middletown Hiring Executive Director

708 total views, no views today

What’s Happening on Main Street – July 2017

Recurring Events

  • Fireworks Displays in Ohio

    Looking for even more fireworks displays for Independence Day? Here’s your list. 

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

July 1

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

July 3

July 4

  • 4th Fest – Piqua

    Celebrate Independence Day in Piqua with food trucks, live music, and lots of fireworks!

  • Ohio Light Opera Community Pops Concert – Wooster

    Celebrate a glorious 4th with the annual Community Pops Concert, presented by Main Street Wooster and the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra & Chorus. Bring a chair, watch the concert and still have plenty of time to see fireworks at the Kinney Fields.

July 7

July 8

July 11

July 12

  • Walk & Dine – Cleveland

    Experience the essence of downtown in the Gateway District as you tour fantastic sites, enjoy delicious food from neighborhood restaurants and relax in the company of friends, family and co-workers.  Musical entertainment will add to the festivities at several tour sites.

July 13

July 14

July 15

July 16

July 19

July 20

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 201 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and Lakewood Hardware for our first ever hands-on window repair workshop. This workshop is the second window workshop of the season. Repairing a window is not only energy efficient but it also helps to keep the historic look and feel of your wonderful home. Rotted frames, deteriorated sashes and leaking air can generally be fixed in window restoration — even a rotting window isn’t necessarily too far gone for restoration.

  • WCHS Summer Community Band Concert – Wooster

    Wayne County Historical Society Summer Community Band is presenting a concert in front of “Everything Rubbermaid” in Downtown Wooster. They will be playing “fun” songs – marches, show tunes, and patriotic songs!

July 21

July 22

  • Painesville Farm & Flea – Painesville

    Downtown Painesville, in partnership with the Cleveland Bazaar, will be hosting its very first Painesville Farm & Flea on July 22, 2017, at 177 Main Street, Painesville, Ohio. The Flea hours are from 9 AM to 2 PM. Enjoy live entertainment and food trucks as you experience area handmade, vintage, farm, food, and artistic vendors.

  • Pizza Palooza & Family Movie Night – Tiffin

    Pizza aficionados, head over to downtown Tiffin for a celebration of pizza! Half of each ticket sold will go toward downtown revitalization.

    A screening of Disney blockbuster hit, Moana will begin at dusk. Attendees are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets to enjoy the show.

July 26

  • Farm to Table – Painesville

    The annual Farm to Table will be held on Lake Erie College’s Historic Campus. This year’s event will include food prepared by local chefs pared with local wines and beers. Music by Justo Saborit.

July 27

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Taste of Downtown Wooster – Wooster

    Taste of Downtown is sure to feature something for everyone. Food tastings from your favorite downtown restaurants, live music, and a beer/wine garden!

July 28

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Front Porch Concert Series – Lakewood

    Come see local act The Chris Vance Trio! Attendees are encouraging to bring their family, friends, blankets, chairs and snacks for an entertaining evening at this open-air venue.

  • Troy Streets Alive! & Shop Hop – Troy

    Join us for a night of health and wellness in Historic Downtown Troy! Artists and musicians will fill the sidewalks, along with cross-fit and yoga on the Public Square, information and demos, an obstacle course and more!

    This event runs in conjunction with the Downtown Troy Merchants Shop Hop. Stores are open late!

July 29

  • Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales – Greenville

    Join Main Street Greenville for this year’s legendary Annie Oakley Sidewalk Sales! Many downtown businesses will offer special deals and sales during the event.

  • Kent Potterfest -Kent

    This is an opportunity for Harry Potter fans of all ages to come together and celebrate everything Harry Potter! Main Street Kent is hosting the event, which will include costume contests, potion classes, scavenger hunt, magic, origami, vendors, photo booths and more.

  • Last Saturdays! at Van Wert Farm & Arts Markets – Van Wert

    On the “Last Saturday” of every month the Van Wert Farm & Art Market adds to the fun. Last Saturday in July will feature live music, food trucks, a community walk Amazing Race, and a Scavenger hunt!

2,946 total views, no views today

2017 Annual Conference

The 2017 Heritage Ohio Annual Preservation and Revitalization Conference will be held in downtown Columbus, October 16-18, at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capital Square. Book your room today!

Click here to register for the conference!

Do you have a discount code for the conference? Click here to learn how to use it on the registration page.

Sessions are currently being finalized. A schedule of events will be made available soon.

To join us as a sponsor, click here. Check out the info for prospective sponsors and vendors here.

Sign up for our newsletter today on our home page to get the latest news on the conference!

14,958 total views, 116 views today

HISTORIC TAX CREDIT COFFEE IN NORTHWEST OHIO

MONDAY June 19, 2017
HISTORIC TAX CREDIT COFFEE

 

Have you been wondering about historic tax credit programs here in Ohio?

Wondering about the application and review process? Here is an easy introduction to the 20% federal historic tax credit and 25% Ohio historic preservation tax credit which you can use to rehabilitate your historic building.

Come chat at a quick informal get together to learn about how the historic tax credit programs work and meet the people who manage them.

 

 

9:00- 10:00          Upper Sandusky: Wyandot Chamber of Commerce, 108 East Wyandot Avenue

 

11:30- 12:30         Kenton: Jitters Coffee Company, 23 North Detroit Street

 

2:30-3:30              Wapakoneta: Marley’s Downtown, 15 Perry Street

 

5:00 – 6:00           Lima: The Met, 306 North Main Street

2,642 total views, no views today

What’s Happening on Main Street – June 2017

Things to do in Ohio June 2017

Recurring Events

  • Take a Hike – Cleveland

    Take a Hike offers five (FREE!) guided walking tours of distinct neighborhoods in downtown Cleveland! Weekly tours explore the Gateway District, Warehouse District, Civic Center, Playhouse Square neighborhood and Canal Basin Park in the Flats. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half hours in length, and features actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Check the website for the full schedule of tours.

  • Ohio Main Street Program Farmers’ Markets

    This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

June 2

June 3

  • Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival – Kent

    The 2017 Main Street Kent Art & Wine Festival will feature artists, wineries, food and music from all over the state of Ohio! A full day of live music, great art, delicious wine and food in downtown Kent.

  • 3rd Annual Kids Day of Safety & Play – Medina

    Join Cleveland Clinic, Medina Hospital, and Main Street Medina for a day of FREE Family Fun in the Historic District. Music, Dancing, Hands-On Activities, Strolling Performers, Artists, Games, Crafts, Cars, Trucks, Farmers Market and more!

  • Street Art Saturday – Portsmouth

    Shop, eat, and stroll down the street to see local art and hear music that reflects our community the first Saturday of summer months.

  • Troy Strawberry Festival – TroyThings to do in Ohio June 2017

    Troy, Ohio celebrates its place as the center of Ohio’s strawberry production by hosting the Annual Troy Strawberry Festival the first weekend of June. Come join us in celebrating our 41st year!

  • Kid’s Day – Wooster

    Kid’s Day celebrates the end of school and the beginning of summer. Enjoy face painting, crafts, bounce houses, an obstacle course, therapy dogs, a Hockey shoot, finger printing kits, Soap Box Derby cars, and LOTS more!

June 4

June 5

June 8

  • Ladies’ Night Out – Wooster

    Ladies’ Night will feature live music from the “Sounds of Downtown” street musicians. Passports and goodie bags will be available. All completed passports will get you entered to win one of two gift baskets filled with merchandise and git cards from the downtown retailers.

June 9

June 10

June 13

June 15

  • Knowing Your Home: Windows 101 – Lakewood

    Join LakewoodAlive and our presenter, Fred Cortright for an informative workshop about windows. We will help answer the age old question, “How do I make my windows stop leaking?!?” Our presentation will focus on repair and replacement of windows with a major focus on wooden windows.

June 16

June 17

June 19

June 23

  • Pop-Up Party – Greenville

    One of the best things about going out in a city are the crowds of people. There is an energy that exists within a crowd and we want to recreate that in downtown Greenville. There is nothing better than spontaneously running into friends, combining tables, and pulling up chairs to make room for more conversation, laughter, and fun. Everyone is invited!

June 24

  • Sauntering Day Sidewalk Sale on Second Street – Portsmouth

    Main Street Portsmouth is working with Second Street businesses to bring back sidewalk sales on June 24, to celebrate World Sauntering Day.
    Get out of the house and spend a day outdoors with the family, walking around downtown Portsmouth, and checking out some of our small businesses.

June 26

June 29

June 30

  • Thunder Over Holmes County – Millersburg

    Thunder Over Holmes County will be held June 30th and July 1st, 2017.  The Beer Garden includes 5 different Beers on Tap and Live entertainment on stage both days including Gold Fish Racing!  When the lights go down the fun continues with our fire works display at 9:45 and the bands will continue to play well into the night  Food Vendors will be on hand on the Courthouse Lawn to fill you with BBQ, Frozen Bananas and plenty more.  The shops are open and just waiting for you to stroll in and enjoy all they have to offer.  We look forward to seeing you in “The Burg”! 

Financing Historic Theater Redevelopment Webinar

May 16, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

 

Historic theaters are key structures for creating a sense of place and often have a rich history of being a community’s economic driver. For theaters that have fallen into disrepair, changing their fate requires vision, planning, and a commitment to financing. During this installment of the CDFA // BNY Mellon Development Finance Webcast Series, CDFA has partnered with Heritage Ohio to explore the wealth of financing tools available to redevelop historic theaters, including 501(c)(3) bonds, TIF, tax credits, and other creative programs. Join us for this special discussion as we highlight success stories from historic theaters across the U.S.

For this webinar, AIA members can receive 1.0 HSW credits. Please contact Joyce at jbarrett@heritageohio.org to receive your credit and get your certificate of completion.

Register Here

Not a Member? Join Heritage Ohio Now

B Street Theatre, Sacramento, California

The B Street Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit theater founded in 1986 by Timothy Busfield. Its mission is to promote education, literacy, social interaction, and cultural enrichment by engaging children and adults in the arts. The theatre is currently undergoing a $29 million renovation that includes bond financing, loans, guarantees, and grants. The new theater complex will include the 365-seat Sutter Children’s Theater and the 250-seat Mainstage Theater. B Street estimates that the new complex will allow them to serve 35,000 more children and families than their current venue.

RiNo Arts District, Denver, Colorado

The River North (RiNo) Arts District is located in Denver’s five points neighborhood; a historically industrial part of the city. As industry moved out of the city towards the turn of the century, the neighborhood was plagued with vacant buildings and poor infrastructure. In 2004 local neighborhood leaders started devising a plan to revitalize the area. This plan has been realized through the creation of a Business Improvement District and General Improvement District. The RiNo Arts District is now home to a bustling arts community that includes galleries, architects, and myriad creative businesses.

 

Capitol Theatre, Cleveland, Ohio

The Capitol Theatre first opened its doors on April 8, 1921 as a silent film house. The theatre remained a centerpiece of the Gordon Square neighborhood, but began to fall into disrepair following the outmigration of people from Cleveland after World War II. The Theatre was nearly torn down in 1978, but for the work of Detroit Shoreway Development Corporation to save it. The theatre was eventually closed in 1985 due to its poor condition. However, Detroit Shoreway continued to work to save this theatre and through the use loans, grants, historic tax credits, and New Markets Tax Credits, were able to reopen the fully renovated theatre in 2009. The three-stage, 602 seat theatre is now used as a cinema.

Next Stage Arts, Putney, Vermont

Next Stage is located inside 15 Kimball Hall, a beautiful, historic church built in 1841 in the heart of Putney, Vermont. The theater re-opened in 2016 as a fully accessible venue with an elevator and hearing assist technology. Other upgrades include air-conditioning and brand new seating. The 180 seat venue attracted hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment in the way of grants in order to support its renovation. The theater now holds events such as spoken word, independent film showings, and concerts.

 

Our Presenters

Nancee Trombley is the Chief Deputy Executive Director for the California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (iBank) a division of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. She oversees IBank’s Infrastructure State Revolving Fund, the Bond Unit, and the Small Business Finance Center. Nancee earner a BS in Communications from California State University at Sacramento and an Executive MBA from California State University at Monterey Bay.

 

Tracy Weil, Co-Founder and Creative Director of the RiNo Art District, specializes in building community. The RiNo Art District is booming as Denver’s new creative community. Weil has been a driving force in the development of this creative district. Weil is also an visual artist painting for over 25 years, Weil continues to pursue his consulting practice as an advocate for artists and creating vibrant art focused communities.

 

Jeff Ramsey, is executive director of the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. DSCDO has preserved 14 historic buildings and created nearly 300 units of affordable housing, many of which are located in the heart of Gordon Square, home to the Capitol Theater.

 

 

Billy Straus is an American music producer and songwriter. He is known for his work in children’s television including the Disney series Little Einsteins and Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?. He produced and mixed original Broadway cast albums for The Full Monty and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He won an Emmy Award for his work on Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? He founded Rock River Communications to introduce the concept of non-traditional music distribution into the retail marketplace.

 

1,138 total views, no views today

Ohio Farmers’ Markets to Try This Summer

This summer, explore the unique downtowns and find tonight’s dinner at a farmers’ market in a Ohio Main Street & Downtown Affiliate community.

 

Amherst Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays,  4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – June – September

Cambridge Main Street Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – September

Chardon Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM – June 2 – September 8

Coshocton Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Dayton) 2nd Street Market
Thursday – Saturday, year-round, Outdoor Market Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM – June – October

Defiance Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – November

Main Street Delaware Farmers’ Market
May 27 – October 28 – Wednesdays, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturdays, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Downtown Franklin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 4 – September 24

Downtown Fremont Farmers’ Market
Select Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 17 – October 21 – See Schedule

Greenfield Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May 28 – October 15

Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 3 – October 14

Grove City Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May 21 – September 10

Hilliard Farm Market
Tuesdays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May 30 – September 12

(Kent) Haymaker Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Lakewood Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – June 24 – October 14

Lebanon Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM – May 18 – October 19

(Marietta) Farmers’ Market on Front Street 
Tuesdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – May 16 – August 29

Medina Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May 27 – October 14

(Millersburg) Holmes County Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM – June – October

Mount Vernon Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Newark) Canal Market District Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM – May – October

Oberlin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Painesville Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – May – October

Piqua Community Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM – June 1 – September 14

Port Clinton Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – June – September

Main Street Portsmouth Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

Downtown Ravenna Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM – June – September

Sandusky Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

The Great Sidney Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May 27 – October 14

(Somerset) Perry County Farmers’ Market
Satursdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

(Tiffin) Seneca County Farmers Market 
Second Saturday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June – October

Tipp City Marketplace
Thursdays, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – June 8 – October 19

Downtown Troy Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – June 11 – October 8

(Urbana) Champaign County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM – May – October

Van Wert Market on Main
Fridays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Main Street Vermilion Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM – June 24-September 9

Main Street Wadsworth Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – July 1 – September 30

Wellington Farmers’ Market
Fridays, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM – June – October

Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM – May – October

(Wilmington) Clinton County Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM – June – October (Seasonal Schedule Changes, Market Open March -December)

Downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – June 3 – October 28

Worthington Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM – May – October

(Xenia) Greene County Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM – June – October

 

 

1,978 total views, no views today

15 Amazing Movie Theaters You Must Visit in Ohio

The summer blockbuster movie season kicks off this month. See the movies you’ve been dying to see (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, anyone?) at one of the stunning historic movie theaters in Ohio!

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Plutonian Pictures

Apollo Theatre – Oberlin

Opened in 1913, this early Art Deco theatre was one of the first cinemas to show “talkies”, period slang for films of sound.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Athena Cinema

Athena Cinema – Athens

Originally opened as The Majestic, the Athena Cinema is a fixture of downtown Athens.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo by Bill Eichelberger

By-Jo Theatre – Germantown

Located just a short drive from Dayton in the Village of Germantown, the quaint single-screen By-Jo Theatre is a must-visit cinema. Opened in 1926, the theater transports you back to the golden age of the silver screen.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo by Devin Miles

Bryan Theatre – Bryan

Until recent years, you could have visited most communities in Ohio and found a downtown cinema similar to the Bryan Theatre. While many of those cinemas are now shuttered, the Bryan has continue to entertain patrons since 1939.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo provenance unknown

Capitol Theatre – Cleveland

The Capitol Theatre opened in 1921 as part of the Gordon Square Arcade. The theater closed in 1985 due to disrepair and was reopened in 2009 with the assistance of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits.  It was named Historic Theater of the Year in 2013 by Heritage Ohio. To learn more of the history of the theater, click here.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Cinema Treasures

Dixie Twin Drive-In – Dayton

With the rise of car culture came the drive-in theater. The Dixie Drive-In opened in 1957 and is a prime example of the styling of drive-ins. This cool vintage theater gained its second screen in 2002.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Early Music in Columbus

Drexel Theatre – Bexley

Formerly a grocery store, the Drexel opened in the late 1930s. The Art Deco gem has been a fixture of Bexley ever since. In 2016, the marquee & interior of the theater were renovated with the assistance of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits. To learn more of the history of the theater, click here.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo by Jack Pierce, via Wikipedia Commons

Elm Road Triple Drive-In – Warren

Opened in 1950, the family-owned vintage drive-in has been going strong since. Beyond the novelty of the drive-in experience and the joy of watching a film outdoors, you really need to see their retro sign. It’s amazing!

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Roadside Architecture

Esquire Theatre

The Clifton Opera House opened in 1911 in the Clifton Neighborhood of Cincinnati. It began showing films in 1915 and was quickly renamed the Clifton Theatre and was later renamed the Esquire Theatre. The theater shut down in the 1980s and was almost demolished. It was saved by neighborhood residents and reopened in 1990.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Ohio.com

Lake 8 Movies Theatre – Barberton

The Lake Theatre was opened in 1938 in downtown Barberton. The theater has classic Art Deco styling and even had an early air conditioning system. The theater closed in the 1980s and the property was leased to another theater management company, which renovated the historic theater and added screens. To learn more of the history of the theater, click here.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Mapio

Mariemont Theatre – Mariemont

Built in 1939 in the planned community of Mariemont, the theater is one of the more unique buildings on this list, architecturally speaking. The style is reminiscent of Elizabethian architecture, and you will find many examples of classic English architecture in Mariemont. The theater was closed and renovated in the late 1990s.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Seagate Food Bank

Maumee Indoor Theatre

Opened in 1946, the theater is a great example of Art Moderne architecture in downtown Maumee. It was named Historic Theater of the Year in 2014 by Heritage Ohio.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via All Events

Quaker Cinema – New Philadelphia

The Quaker opened in 1940. Like the Maumee Indoor Theatre, the Quaker Cinema is an example of Art Moderne theaters in Ohio. At some point in the 1970s, the exterior was covered with brick and paneling. Good taste prevailed in 2014 and the cinema was restored closely to its 1940s glory.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Delaware Gazette

Strand Theatre – Delaware

The Strand opened in downtown Delaware in 1916. Unlike many of the other theaters on this list, it has never closed and recently celebrated its 100th birthday.

 

15 Must Visit Historic Movie Theaters in Ohio

photo via Changes in Longitude

Wapa Theatre – Wapakoneta

The Wapa opened as the Brown Theatre in 1904, making it one of the oldest theaters on this list. The cinema also has one of the more unique marquees you can still find in Ohio, installed in 1939.

 

 

7,981 total views, 1 views today

Next Page »