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The Most Stunning Historic Theatres in Ohio

We love seeing historic theatres restored in Ohio to their former glory and once again a proud centerpiece of the community. Can you believe some of these theatres were once threatened with demolition to make way for parking lots? Thanks to the work of preservationists across the state, you can still visit these stunning Ohio historic theatres.

Northwest

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Ritz Theater in Tiffin

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The Ritz Theatre – Tiffin

The Ritz Theatre opened to great fanfare in December of 1928 in downtown Tiffin. The theatre’s design takes elements from the Italian Renaissance, including an artistic interpretation of a Roman villa in the concert hall. The theatre was renovated in 1998, bringing the theatre back to its original charm and elegance.

Today, the theatre offers a variety of performances including live music, classic films, and theatrical pieces. See the current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Holland Theater Bellefontaine

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The Holland Theatre – Bellefontaine

The Holland Theatre is one of the more uniquely designed theatres in Ohio. Both inside and out, the theatre transport the visitor to Holland, with classic Flemish design, including a dutch village-scape in the interior. The theatre opened in 1931 as The Schine’s Holland Theatre. While some alterations have occurred over the years, much of the original splendor of the theatre is intact and ready to wow.

With numerous performance throughout the year, you will have plenty of opportunities to visit the theatre. See the current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Sandusky State Theater

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The Sandusky State Theatre – Sandusky

The Sandusky State Theatre opened in 1938 as The Schine Theatre with a showing of Night Watch. The theatre fell into disrepair in the 1960s, but was extensively renovated in 1990. Theatre hosted a performance of Michael Bolton to celebrate its 75th anniversary. For its centennial anniversary, the Sandusky State Theatre hopes to be completely renovated to its original splendor.

The Sandusky State Theatre offers a wide variety of programming. See their upcoming events here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Pemberville Opera House

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The Pemberville Opera House – Pemberville

Resting on the second floor of the Pemberville Town Hall, the Pemberville Opera House opened to Jeptha’s Daughter, an adaptation of the Biblical story. The opera house was wildly popular in before WWII, especially after electric lights were added in 1899. Following years of neglect, renovations were started in 1998 to return the opera house to use.

Today, the Pemberville Opera House hosts several productions every year. See their current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Huber Opera House in Hicksville

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The Huber Opera House & Event Center – Hicksville

The Huber Opera House started life as Mackey’s Brick Hotel in downtown Hicksville in 1882. After a fire destroyed the Pettit Opera House, the hotel was converted to an opera house in 1895. The opera house remained the center of community life well into the 1970s, before it became rundown. In 1999, a coalition of community members and businesses purchased the opera house, giving it a new lease on life.

You have plenty of opportunities to visit The Huber Opera House. See their current schedule here.

 

Southwest

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Victoria Theater in Dayton

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The Victoria Theatre – Dayton

The Victoria Theatre in Dayton traces its roots to The Turner Opera House, opened in 1866. The Turner only existed a few years before being destroyed in a fire. After the opera house was rebuilt, it underwent a series of name changes: The Music Hall in 1871, The Grand Opera House in 1885, The Victoria Opera House in 1899, and The Victoria Theatre in 1902. After surviving the Flood of 1913, another fire destroyed the building in 1918. After being rebuilt, it became The Victory Theatre. It thrived up into the late 1950s, but was marked for demolition in 1972. The community stepped up to save the theatre and the Victory Theatre Association began renovations in 1976. The theatre was transferred to the Arts Center Association in 1988 and was renamed again, back to The Victoria Theatre.

The Victoria Theatre offers extensive programming throughout the year. You can see their current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Murphy Theater in Wilmington

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The Murphy Theatre – Wilmington

The Murphy Theatre opened in downtown Wilmington in 1918. After operating as a Vaudeville theater, it was leased to Chakeres Theaters in 1929. In 1989, the theatre was purchased by a local group of citizens who sold stock options to save the theatre. Since the great work of these enterprising citizens, the Murphy Theatre continues to operate to this day.

The Murphy Theatre has numerous films and presentations every month. See their current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio -The Baum Opera House

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The Baum Opera House – Miamisburg

The Star City Opera House was constructed by German immigrant Charles Baum in 1884, and quickly became the epicenter of life in Miamisburg. Like many other theaters and opera houses after WWII, it went through a series of name changes and uses, including housing a dinner theater, bowling alley, skating rink, and a few bars. It was slated for demolition in the early 1990s, but was purchased at a Sheriff’s sale. Since then, the Baum Opera House Association has managed the opera house and has fully renovated and restored the space to its former glory.

The Baum Opera House hosts several plays, musicals, and dances throughout the year. See their current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Cincinnati Music Hall

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The Cincinnati Music Hall – Cincinnati

Music Hall opened with a performance of Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Alceste in 1878. More commonly known as Cincinnati Music Hall, the concert hall is the defining structure of Washington Park in Cincinnati. With the decline of the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood, Music Hall’s future came into doubt. It was listed on the 2006 National Trust for Historic Preservation‘s 11 Most Endangered List. Through a grant from the City of Cincinnati, The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program, and the generous donations of thousands of people, Music Hall has recently been renovated and will continue to serenade Cincinnati.

To see the current schedule of events at Music Hall, click here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Majestic Theater in Chillicothe

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The Majestic Theatre – Chillicothe

The building that currently houses The Majestic Theatre was built in 1853 as a Masonic Hall. In 1876, the Masons designed an opera house to be built within the Masonic Hall. This opera house became the foundation for The Majestic. In 1904, the Masonic Hall and Opera House were sold, and sold again in 1915. The new owners changed the name of the theater to The Majestic Theatre and it soon became a cinema. After a sale of the building in the 1970s, the structure was renovated, and in 1990, the current non-profit association took control of the theatre.

Today, the theatre still shows films, as well as live performances. You can see the theatre’s full schedule of events here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Paxton Theater in Bainbridge

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Paxton Theatre – Bainbridge

The Paxton Theatre is located on the upper floor of the Paxton Township Hall, opening around 1910. Soon after opening, the space was leased to show motion pictures, continuing under different operators until the early 1950s. In later years it was used as rental and entertainment space. In 1992, it was sold to host the Paint Valley Jamboree, which still takes place in the theatre. The building was recently sold and the current owners plan to make it the center of the community for years to come.

The Paxton Theatre continues to host the Paint Valley Jamboree, as well as numerous other musical guests and Shrek Jr. See all of the Paxton’s events here.

 

Central

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Ohio Theater in Columbus

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The Ohio Theatre – Columbus

The Spanish Baroque-style Ohio Theatre opened as a Loew’s movie house in 1928. Opening at the end of the silent era of film, the theatre boasted its own orchestra and theater organ. The Ohio remained a cinema until the early 1960s and was threated with demolition by the end of the decade. The citizen-led “Save the Ohio’ campaign raised over $2M in less than a year and the Columbus Association for Performing Arts (CAPA) purchased the theatre. Today, the Ohio Theatre is the crown jewel of Columbus theatres, and hosts The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, BalletMet, The Broadway Series, and more than 100 CAPA events each year.

See CAPAs current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Midland Theater in Newark

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The Midland Theatre – Newark

Opened in 1928, The Midland Theatre began its life showing Vaudeville shows and silent films. Interestingly, it was only a week later that the theatre premiered its first “talkie”. The theatre quickly transitioned into a full-time cimema, rotating films on a 3-day schedule. After years of decline, the theatre closed after the Blizzard of ’78 killed the boiler in the theatre. In 1992, The Longaberger Company purchased the theatre and renovated it. It entrusted the theatre to The Newark Midland Theatre Association to be stewards to the theatre and to provide quality programming for Newark.

Today, The Midland Theatre shows a variety of performances including live music and musicals. To see the Midland’s schedule, click here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Southern Theater in Columbus

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The Southern Theatre – Columbus

Just a few blocks south of The Ohio Theatre is another fantastic theater in downtown Columbus. Opened in 1896, the Great Southern Fireproof Hotel and Opera House filled a large gap in theaters in downtown. In the years prior to construction, 5 theaters were lost to fires in just 4 years. Other than being “fireproof”, meaning it was constructed with “fireproof” tile, brick, iron, steel, and concrete, the theatre was one of the first commercial buildings in Columbus to use electric lighting. In 1931, the theatre was converted to a cinema. After years of struggling, the theatre was closed in 1979. In 1982, the Great Southern Hotel was purchased and the owners offered the theatre to CAPA. After a combined effort of state and city funding, as well as donations from numerous donors and businesses, the Southern Theatre reopened in 1998.

See CAPAs current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio- The Marion Palace Theater

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The Marion Palace Theatre – Marion

The Marion Palace opened as a cinema and Vaudeville theater in 1928, premiering with 4 Vaudeville acts and the film, Excess Baggage. The theatre is designed in Spanish Colonial Revival-style, and has several Roman and Greek statues designed by Pietro Caproni. Following several successful years as a cinema and multiple owners, the theatre needed extensive work to maintain its splendor. In the mid-1970s, a group of business owners, dubbed The Palace Guard, started a funding campaign to revitalize the theatre. The Palace Cultural Arts Association has operated the Marion Palace Theatre since then, and continues to provide new and exciting performances for Marion.

The Marion Palace Theatre shows films and live performances several times a month. See their schedule here.

 

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The Lincoln Theatre – Columbus

Located just to the east of downtown Columbus, in the historic African-American neighborhood of King-Lincoln Bronzeville, is The Lincoln Theatre. Opened in 1928 as The Ogden Theatre, the Egyptian Revival theatre originally was used for Vaudeville performances and musical acts, but quickly transitioned into a cinema. It was renamed The Lincoln Theatre in 1939. Following several hard years, the theatre was closed in the early 1970s. The theatre reopened in 2009, with funding assistance from The City of Columbus and Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credits, and was widely seen as a catalytic revitalization project for the neighborhood.

See CAPAs current schedule here.

 

Northeast

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Akron Civic Theater

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The Akron Civic Theatre – Akron

In 1919, construction of a new theatre began in downtown Akron called The Hippodrome. In addition to a theatre, there were 30 planned shops inside an arcade. The project went bankrupt before it was complete. Soon after, Marcus Loew purchased the partially constructed Hippodrome and completed the newest Loew’s Theatre in Akron, designed by architect John Eberson. The interior is designed to resemble a Moorish castle, with Mediterranean elements throughout and is only one of a handful of surviving atmospheric theaters. After several ownership changes and nearly becoming a parking lot in the 1960s, the Akron Civic Theatre was extensively renovated in 2001, it reopened to fanfare with a new partnership with The University of Akron.

The Akron Civic Theatre has many live performances each month. See their current schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Brecksville Theater

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The Brecksville Theatre – Brecksville

The Old Brecksville Town Hall was built in 1874. In the 1940s, performances by the Brecksville Little Theatre began to be held in the town hall building. Paul Newman, yes, that Paul Newman, directed the comedy, Here Today in 1951 there. In 1975, a second theater group, Theater on the Square was established. Tragically, the old town hall was damaged in a fire in 1976, but was repaired. In 2017, it was announced the two theater groups were merging into The Brecksville Theatre and will continue to perform in the old town hall.

The new Brecksville Theatre has several shows lined up this fall. See the schedule here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Canton Palace Theater

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The Canton Palace Theatre – Canton 

Like The Marion Palace Theatre and The Akron Civic Theatre, The Canton Palace Theatre was designed in a Spanish Colonial Revival style. It is also one of a few surviving atmospheric theatres. The Canton Palace Theatre opened in 1926 as a movie house and Vaudeville theatre. After a period of decline, the theatre closed on its 50th anniversary in 1976 and was soon scheduled for demolition. The Canton Jaycees saved the building and held it in trust until The Canton Palace Theatre Association was formed to operate the theatre. It reopened in 1980 and over $4M in renovations have taken place.

The Canton Palace Theatre continues to show films and have live performances. Their schedule of events can be viewed here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Capitol Theater in Cleveland

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The Gordon Square Arts District – Cleveland

The Gordon Square Arts District composes three theatres in the Detroit Shoreway: The Capitol Theatre, The Cleveland Public Theatre, and The Near West Theatre.

The Capitol Theatre opened in 1921 as part of the Gordon Square Arcade. As new cinemas arose, the arcade and theatre declined. A parapet collapsed in 1978, damaging both the arcade and Capitol. It was slated for demolition, but the building was saved by the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. The Capitol closed in 1985. It was reopened in 2009 with the help of Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits, and become a catalyst toward neighborhood redevelopment.

The Cleveland Public Theatre was founded in 1981. In 1994-95, The Cleveland Public Theatre moved into two adjoining buildings on Detroit Avenue, including The former Gordon Square Theatre building, one of Cleveland’s oldest standing theatres.

The Near West Theatre sprang to life in 1978, using the third-floor ballroom of the St. Patrick Church Club Building as performance space. The newly constructed Near West Theatre building in The Gordon Square Arts District opened in 2015.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Lions Lincoln Theater

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Lions Lincoln Theatre – Massillon

The Lincoln Theatre opened in 1915 during the silent era of film. It switched ownership several times during its life as a cinema. By the late 1970s, it was closed and waiting to be demolished. The Massillon Lions Club acquired the theatre in 1982, saving it from destruction. After extensive renovations, the Lions Lincoln Theatre was reopened and continues to entertain audiences.

The Lions Lincoln Theatre currently shows classic films and live performances. To see their current schedule, click here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Historic Ohio Theater Loudonville

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The Historic Ohio Theatre – Loudonville

The neoclassical Loudonville Municipal Hall and Opera House opened in 1910, with the opera house located at the rear of the building. The first performance at the opera house was The Flaming Arrow. The opera house was renamed The Ohio Theatre in 1931. Renovations of the theatre are ongoing with fundraising for a new lighting system underway.

The Ohio Theatre currently has live performances and movies. View their current line-up here.

 

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Playhouse Square – Cleveland

Playhouse Square, the “world’s largest theater restoration project,” and the country’s largest performing arts center outside New York City, composes 5 historic theatres: The Allen Theatre, The Hanna Theatre, The Ohio Theatre, The Palace Theatre, and The State Theatre. Playhouse Square draws more than 1 million people annually to its 10 performance spaces while contributing in excess of $43 million in local economic impact every year exclusively from its performing arts activity

The Allen Theatre opened in 1921 as an Italian Renaissance silent movie house. The first film shown at The Allen was The Greatest Love starring Vera Gordon. It continued to show films until it closed in 1968. It was reopened in 1994 and underwent renovations in 1998 and 2011.

The Hanna Theatre opened in 1921 with a performance of Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. The theatre was designed in French Imperial style. It closed in 1988. It was reopened in 1997 and was fully renovated in 2008.

The Ohio Theatre was designed as an Italian Renaissance theatre. It opened in 1921 with a performance of The Return of Peter Grimm. It closed in 1969 and was reopened in 1982.

The Palace Theatre was opened in 1922 as a French Imperial-styled Vaudeville theatre. It was adapted to show films in 1926. It closed in 1969 and reopened in 1988 as The Connor Palace Theatre.

The State Theatre opened as an Italian Renaissance Loew’s theatre. The first film show was Polly with a Past. The theatre contains 4 murals by James Daugherty and a 320-foot long lobby, one of the longest in the world. The theatre closed in 1969. It was nearly demolished with The Ohio Theatre in 1972, which led to the revival of Playhouse Square. The KeyBank State Theatre reopened in 1984.

To view current events for Playhouse Square, click here.

 

Southeast

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Markay Theater in Jackson

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The Markay Cultural Arts Center – Jackson

The Markay Theater opened in 1930 with a showing of Playboy of Paris. The Art Deco theatre features 6 prominent panels depicting life in Jackson. It closed in the early 1990s, but reopened with the help of the Southern Hills Arts Council in 1997. An extensive renovation of the theatre took place and a grand reopening of the theatre occurred in 2015.

Currently, the Markay has several live performances and classic films. For a complete list of events, click here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The People's Bank Theater

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Peoples Bank Theatre – Marietta

The Hippodrome Theatre opened in downtown Marietta in 1919 as a Vaudeville theatre and movie house with a showing of the film, Daddy-Long-Legs. In 1949, it was renamed the Colony Cinema. In 1957, it hosted the world premiere of Battle Hymn, starring Rock Hudson. The Colony Cinema had numerous ownership changes and ultimately closed in 1985. The Hippodrome/Colony Theatre Association spent 15 years raising funds for the theatre, including an Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit for the project. Peoples Bank Theatre reopened in 2016 and hosted the State of the State address the same year.

Peoples Bank Theatre hosts live performances and film viewings. View their full line-up here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Stuart's Opera House

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Stuart’s Opera House – Nelsonville

Stuart’s Opera House opened in 1879 and was named after George Stuart. It continued operating until 1924, when the local coal economy crashed, bring down the opera house with it.  In 1977, the Hocking Valley Museum of Theatrical History bought the opera house and  began to restore the historic property. Following a fire in 1980, the process of restoring the property was begun anew. The opera house was officially reopened in 1997, after 20 years of hard-fought restoration work.

Stuart’s Opera House offers a variety of live performances to the Nelsonville community. For the current list of events, click here.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - Twin City Opera House

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Twin City Opera House – McConnelsville

The Twin City Opera House opened in the late spring of 1892 to Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado”, sharing space in the mammoth building with the McConnelsville town hall. Nearly 20 years after opening, the first silent movies were shown in the opera house, and the first sound system was installed around 1930 using Vitaphone technology. In 1936, the opera house was updated to install sound projectors and renovate the auditorium to accommodate a new projection booth. This was the only time the opera house was closed to the public in its long history.

The Twin City Opera House continues to show films and hosts live performances, including The Ohio Valley Opry. Check full schedule for details of upcoming performances.

 

Best Historic Theatres in Ohio - The Ariel Opera House

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The Ariel Opera House – Gallipolis

The Ariel Opera House opened in 1895, just blocks from the Ohio River in downtown Gallipolis. After struggling in the post-WWII era, the opera house closed in the 1960s. Local citizens, led by local professional musician Lora Lynn Snow, banded together in the late 1980s to restore the opera house, and it reopened in 1990, becoming home to The Ohio Valley Symphony. In 2006, the Ariel was rededicated as The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre, after local resident Ann Carson Dater purchased the opera house and presented it to the community as a permanent home for The Ohio Valley Symphony and for use as a performing arts center.

The Ariel-Ann Carson Dater Performing Arts Centre continues to be the home of the Ohio Valley Symphony and has theatrical performances as well. See their current events here.

 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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Using Google for Local Business Webinar

July 19th, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join Heritage Ohio for a conversation with your friendly neighborhood Google guy, Rusty Allison. We will be discussing how you can better engage with your customers and visitors by using the many tools Google offers. Ever wanted to ask Google a question? While you could simply “Google” it, don’t miss this opportunity to hear from a real live representative of a tech company that truly understands what people are looking for.

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Rusty Allison
A lover of all things geek and pop culture, Rusty grew up in the 70’s and 80’s in rural West Virginia deep in the heart of the Appalachians. While earning a business degree at West Virginia Tech, now a part of WVU, He met his wife, April, and they’ve been happily married, most days, for 23 years. April and he have two beautiful daughters, Mackenzie and Emily, 16 and 13 years old respectively.

Rusty spent the first 20 years of his professional career in different sales roles selling everything from paper to cell phones and even 401k retirement plans. His one big takeaway from all that experience? He wasn’t very good at selling. So, in early 2016, he began training as a Google City Ambassador under the tutelage of Joe Danzer, Cincinnati’s Senior Ambassador to Google. In 2016, he and Joe were selected by Google as the #1 City Ambassador team in the U.S. based on total number of businesses helped. He’s also the head estimator/scheduler for the Google Virtual Tours for the region.

As a Google City Ambassador, his primary role is teaching and coaching business owners how to make the most of their Google My Business listing and how to leverage Google to attract attention and grow their businesses. He does this through one-on-one’s, company classes, workshops and public speaking engagements, all of which are free.

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Mercantile Block Easement

228-236 High St,
Hamilton, OH 45011

 

Our easement program has been active since 2004 when we accepted our first easement on the Rawson Block in Findlay. Over the years we’ve seen how the program can be adapted: we’ve worked with owners in a variety of communities, and we’ve worked with a variety of property owners, including commercial property owners, nonprofit owners, and municipalities. Additionally, easements have been placed on buildings well before a full-scale rehab has been completed, and years after a large-scale rehab was completed.

In Hamilton, we accepted an easement on the Mercantile Block in 2011 as the owner was completing a full rehabilitation. The rehabilitation and subsequent leasing of the building represented a turning point in downtown Hamilton’s revitalization. Since the completion of the Mercantile Block, nearby buildings have been rehabilitated, and Hamilton’s downtown is enjoying a resurgence.

Director Joyce Barrett commented on the Hamilton project: “When the building owner came in, he had a vision for upscale housing that was non-existent in the downtown at the time. There were plenty of doubters who questioned whether he could ever rent the apartments, but he created a unique living opportunity downtown and tapped into a housing need that residents flocked to. We were excited to play a small part in downtown’s resurgence by placing an easement on the Merc.”

As the series of images below show, there’s no such thing as “too far gone” when a building owner leverages private capital with tax incentives and a vision for how a forgotten building can be reborn to once again play a key role in the vibrancy of its downtown.

Below you can see the transformation of the deteriorated interior into a modern working space. For even more pictures of the transformation take a look a this slideshow.

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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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And the winner is…

Our voters have spoken and we thank you for voting. Our 2017 Preservation Month Photo Contest garnered the most votes ever, and we congratulate our winning entry submitted by Judith Khaner. As a past winner, Judith is no stranger to the photo contest and her entry this year once again struck a chord with our voters.

Stay tuned as we’ll feature Judith’s winning entry on the cover of a future issue of Revitalize Ohio.

Thanks again to our voters, and thanks to everyone who submitted an entry this year. We look forward to seeing the great entries you come up with in 2018!

Narrative: Midwest Railway Preservation Society, a non-profit corporation, is restoring and preserving Cleveland’s B&O Railroad Roundhouse, built in the early 1900s. Their restoration work on the railroad turntable, building, vintage locomotives and rail cars continues the important work of educating and entertaining people about railroad history in Ohio. I was fortunate to photograph these laborers during an informative Roundhouse tour.

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Main Street Board Member 101 Webinar

April 12, 2017 1 pm – 2 pm

Join us to hear from a long-time Main Street volunteer, board member and ex-president on the ins and outs of giving time to a local Main Street program. This webinar will be in an interview format to cover everything a new or existing board member needs know. We will ask about personal reasons for involvement, how to manage personal time, work time and volunteer time. How to take breaks when you need them. How to integrate the whole family. How to be a volunteer who manages staff. And much, much more. Come prepared with your own questions and join us for this webinar.

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PRESENTER BIO

Nicole Fowles is the Communications Manager for the Delaware County District Library. She is also a current board member and past president of the Main Street Delaware program. In her tenure with Main Street Delaware, the program was annually accredited, reached its 15 year anniversary, and then-Executive Director Frances Jo Hamilton was awarded with Main Street Manager of the Year. Nicole’s strengths as a board member lie in organization, commitment and conflict resolution.

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