Founded in 1818, Medina has been known as both America’s Hometown and The Sweetest hometown in America, thanks to its strong preservation ethic and as the foundry of the bee industry. Having suffered two major fires, one in 1842 and another in 1870, the town was virtually completely rebuilt within one decade, from 1871-1881, giving Uptown Medina’s historic district a unique collection of Victorian commercial architecture. Like many historic districts, urban renewal and modern building materials covered many of the splendid architectural details. In the mid 1960’s, a group of concerned citizens founded a grass roots initiative to restore their town to its historic appearance. Today, the nine-block district is nationally cited for its dedication to history, attention to details, pristine central Square, and as one of the top cities in Ohio in which to raise a family.
Conveniently located30 minutes south of Cleveland, 20 minutes west of Akron, and easily accessible from Interstate 71, Medina is a lovely place to spend a day or a weekend. Multiple boutiques with original art, jewelry, and fine gifts make a pleasant shopping experience. Numerous restaurants, ranging from a Victorian Tea House to choice steaks, legit diner food or hot dogs with a choice of 57 toppings certainly offer a wide range of culinary delights. Friday evenings in the summer will find the Medina Community Band performing free concerts on the Square, as they have been doing for 167 years! Saturday morning Farmers Market vendors offer a changing buffet of fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers, jams, and breads. Monthly festivals and events make this family friendly town a destination for all.
Main Street Medina
Since its inception in 2007 as an Ohio Main Street Program, Main Street Medina has worked hard with its community partners and supporters to continue to foster the preservation and revitalization of the nine block historic district. Monthly events draw residents and visitors to the district. Retail recruitment and business support are also a key focus of the organization. A board of directions of 16, and strong partnerships with the City and County of Medina ensure the strength of the program.
2 Public Square
Medina, OH 44256