GREENVILLE – The theme “There’s no place like home” provided Main Street Greenville the opportunity to promote the city’s positive aspects during the organization’s annual gala, held Saturday, Feb. 17, at Romer’s Catering.
Main Street Greenville Executive Director Crysta Hutchinson took a few minutes from the Wizard of Oz-themed dinner, dancing and activities to share 2017 highlights and 2018 goals.
Citing a quote by author Cecelia Ahern, “Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling,” Hutchinson said she’d like to “contend that “home is not only a feeling, it’s a place” and draw attention to the positive happenings in downtown Greenville.
“We believe that downtown matters,” Hutchinson said. “We’re working hard to make connections. Our city of Greenville also is enchanting.”
Through 2017, Hutchinson reported, Main Street had assisted with four new businesses opening in the downtown business district, including Shelly’s Antiques and Décor, Kathy’s Cookies and Pies, iSelect Cellular Solutions, and Expressions of Tyme.
Two other businesses also received support during recent moves, including The Cozy Nest, which moved to 519 S. Broadway and also is opening a new location in Richmond, Ind., and Country Primitives, which is moving into The Palace on Broadway.
For 2018, Hutchinson said Main Street will be bringing back many of the downtown events local residents have come to look forward to, including First Fridays, which will begin in March with the Culinary Tour and end in December. July’s First Friday will be Memories on Main, Hutchinson said.
Two of the First Fridays, she said, including June and October will feature live music.
Other events residents can look forward to are the Chocolate Walk, set for Nov. 2, and the Horse Parade on Nov. 17.
Hutchinson said the gala fundraiser was a success for Main Street Greenville.
“It went well,” she said. “Everyone had a good time. The big thing for us is to celebrate what we did in 2017 and introduce our goals and aspirations for 2018.”
More about Main Street Greenville’s 2018 events may be found on Main Street Greenville’s Facebook page.
PHOTO CAPTION: Main Street Greenville Executive Director speaks about the organizations accomplishments and goals during the annual gala.