From mutts to Merlot, Main Street Wilmington plans busy spring

By Main Street Wilmington

There is a an energy downtown that’s hard to miss. Maybe it’s the long-anticipated work on the Murphy Theatre facade, strolling dinner patrons or groups of runners enjoying the absence of winter. Regardless of the reason, a sense of expectation is everywhere.

At Main Street Wilmington, we are eagerly awaiting spring and the implementation of our plans for downtown projects and events.

February has been a lively month to date with a successful Merchant Meet and Greet on Feb. 3. Nearly 30 local businesses were in attendance, sharing coffee and conversation. A new focus and mission for Main Street was presented along with perspectives from new Main Street President Matt Purkey and Vice President Taylor Stuckert.

Another Meet and Greet for downtown property owners will be held at 10 a.m. on March 1 at the Main Street Wilmington/Chamber of Commerce office at 100 W.Main St. All downtown property owners are encouraged to attend.

Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry to our #luvwilmingtonoh Instagram contest!

With over 50 entries, you made choosing a winner so difficult. It was impressive to see so many beautiful images and interesting angles of our city. But we had to reward the creativity and lighthearted attitude of Danni Krabbe, who recreated an iconic Beatles scene right on Main Street.

A special thank you goes to Swindlers and Sons, Rome Jewelers, The General Denver, The Beauty Bar and South Street Wine Cellar for their generous donations which made up a fabulous gift basket to reward Dani for her winning entry.

Please visit us on Facebook and Instagram regularly for other forms of friendly competition in the future.

Speaking of the futur, the 2017 Main Street Wilmington Events calendar has been finalized and is posted on our website for viewing. Here are a few important changes and schedule additions to point out :

● The first-ever Strut Your Mutt Parade and Party is planned for Saturday, April 22.

This family event will feature a dog parade down Main Street ending at the courthouse lawn. There will be a number of tents and displays at the courthouse all related to canine friends including agility demonstrations,obedience training, an Amazing Pet Trick Contest and more.

Both the Wilmington Area Humane Society and Clinton County Humane Society have kindly agreed to hold an adoption event that day as part of the festivities.

● The Wine Walk will be held on Friday, May 5, which is earlier in the month than previous years. May 5 happens to coincide with the Kentucky Derby weekend and Cinco De Mayo.

Start thinking about that unique derby hat that could be the talk of the Wine Walk or how to break out your best mariachi moves. You won’t want to miss this year’s Wine Walk!

● Another highlight scheduled for September is the Art & Soul Fest on Saturday, Sept. 16, preceded by a local talent music jam at the Mural Party on Sept. 15. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, artists and their wares will be stationed around the courthouse along with live entertainment on the city stage. Food and refreshments will be available.

Details of how you can be involved will be posted on the Main Street website this spring. But mark your calendars now and plan on celebrating the arts right here in downtown Wilmington.

● Main Street has also changed from a membership model to that of Business Partner. In an effort to be more inclusive and welcoming of all downtown merchants, Main Street will invite all businesses to take part in scheduled activities and events.

Those who choose to become a Business Partner and support the organization through an annual 95.00 donation,will receive promotion through website Partner Spotlights, a website listing,blog post and social media sharing.

For more information please call our office at 937-382-2737 or visit and click the DONATE button.

We hope you will take advantage of this unusual and unseasonal weather and enjoy some time in downtown Wilmington!

By Main Street Wilmington