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Promote and Preserve | A non-profit, volunteer based organization |

January 2014

P.O. BOX 620, PORTSMOUTH, OH 45662 |

MSP Farmer’s Market (left) Building Improvement Grant Program (BIGP) Press Conference (right)

It’s Been a Wonderful Year!

The final report of the year has been sent to Heritage Ohio, and before closing the door on 2013, I would like to take a moment to share with you all the amazing things that have happened with Main Street Portsmouth over the past year. Here are the highlights by the numbers: 1 business expanded 8 new businesses opened their doors 39 promotions were completed (5 of which were brand new) $25,000 was awarded to 5 Building Improvement Grant Program receipts within the Main Street Portsmouth District $6,535 was received during our annual membership drive 9,100 volunteer hours were logged

Calendar of Events Jan. 2 Organization Committee, 10:00am, The Welcome Center Jan. 8 Executive Committee, 12 noon, 1010 Coles Blvd. Jan. 9 Organization Committee, 10:00am, The Welcome Center Jan.9 Design Committee, 3:00pm, The Welcome Center Jan. 14 Business Enhancement Committee, 11:30am, The Garage Cafe

This is evidence that people are willing to invest their money and themselves into Portsmouth to create something we can all be proud of!

Jan. 14 Promotions Committee, 3:30pm, Port City Cafe & Pub

Main Street Portsmouth hosted many successful events throughout the year, here are a few to get you excited for the coming year!

Jan. 16 MSP Board Meeting, 8:30am, The Welcome Center

February’s Chocolate Walk kicks off the event season for Main Street. This fun and delicious event sees approximately 300 participants who are eager to sample a wide variety of chocolates from the downtown businesses.

Feb. 1 Chocolate Walk; 11am-5pm downtown Portsmouth and Boneyfiddle areas

A community favorite, the Main Street Portsmouth Farmer’s Market is the best way to welcome summer. The Farmer’s Market months were filled with delicious baked goods, fresh home-grown produce, maple syrups and honey, and many unique crafts. Thanks to the support of Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) and Port City Café & Pub, every Saturday morning the market was able to offer many health screenings, fitness workouts, live music and performances, and fresh brewed coffee!

Feb. 22 “Celebrate Portsmouth” Dinner with Main Street Portsmouth; 6pm Elks City Building

The lead organization for the “Main Street” program in the State of Ohio.

Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk What better way to take advantage of the beautiful weather than a funfilled day of shopping and chocolate with your loved ones? On February 1, 2014, Main Street Portsmouth will hold the 6th annual Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the downtown Portsmouth and Boneyfiddle areas, although hours will vary by individual businesses.

As Ohio’s official historic preservation and Main Street organization, Heritage Ohio fosters economic development and sustainability through preservation of historic buildings, revitalization of downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, and promotion of cultural tourism.

During the Chocolate Walk, participating businesses give ticket holders free chocolate candies and desserts. Some merchants will also be offering special discounts, such as Melinis Cucina with free soft drinks, Brain Freeze frozen Yogurt Bar with 20% off, and Ghost in the Attic with 10% off everything over $10.00. Many of the chocolates will be home-made, such as brownies and an assortment of cookies.

Heritage Ohio provides many programs and resources each year to anyone interested in historic tax credits, preservation planning, and technical services.

So far there are 27 participating businesses and counting, with several businesses participating for the first time, such as Melinis Cucina, Portsmouth Pizzeria, and City Trendz!

Heritage Ohio plays a critical role in advocacy for the protection of historically and architecturally significant properties across the state.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at the Main Street Portsmouth office, Morgan Brother’s Jewelers, Port City Café & Pub, Garage Café, Staker’s Drugs, Smith Drug’s, and Market Street Hardware. Port City Cafe & Pub will serve as starting point for the chocolate walk, where participants will pick up their walking map and bags. Day of ticket sales will also be available at Port City Café & Pub, while supplies last. All tickets are $5.00 each. Only 300 tickets will be printed off, tickets go fast so don’t wait around! For more Information about the Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk, please call 740-464-0203 or email

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PARTNERS: City of Portsmouth. Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. Portsmouth Scioto County Visitors Bureau. Shawnee State University. Southern Ohio Medical Center. RSVP of the Ohio Valley. Business Owners. Property Owners. and Residents.

Beautification with Shade Tree Commission This past year has been busy for the Shade Tree Commission committee, with a lot of planning and discussion for a streetscape, 2014 is ready and lined up with plans for new trees along Chillicothe Street. Urban Forester, Ann Bonner, has been very helpful with educating the committee on proper tree care, from the planting of the tree down to the maintenance and repair. Chairman, Lisa Gibson, of the Shade Tree Commission said in 2014 the Portsmouth Shade Tree Commission will learn the results of the city’s application for recertification as a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. She said they also plan to continue with the beautification of the main downtown thoroughfares, Chillicothe and Second Streets, with the replacement of missing or dying trees. It is their hope to also begin formulating an application to the State of Ohio for assistance with beautification projects for the state route gateways into the community. Arbor Day celebrations are also in the works as well for 2014. She said they are always looking for interested citizens and businesses to join their efforts. The Portsmouth Shade Tree Commission meets the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 p.m. at Port City Café & Pub 424 Chillicothe Street. Interested persons may call 740-352-9870 to confirm meeting time and location. For more information or to learn more about the benefits of trees, follow the link below:

Celebrate Portsmouth: Dinner with Main Street Portsmouth– Feb 22 Wine and dine with Main Street Portsmouth at the Elks City Club as we celebrate and recognize our volunteers, our programs, and our accomplishments, and the continuation and success of our future. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Main Street Portsmouth at 740-4640203 or email

“Celebrate Portsmouth” Dinner with Main Street Portsmouth Saturday, February 22, 2013 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Elks City Club 544 4th Street Portsmouth, Ohio

Education Opportunity

Radio Show January 20th, 8:30am

Around Town this Month Portsmouth Mural Inc. Baseball Banquet– Jan. 15 Featuring all our local baseball greats. Featured speaker– Branch Rickey III. For more information call 740-353-7647.

Shawnee Nature Club– Jan. 21 Presents John Howard on “Through the Eyes of a Naturalist” at Hill View Retirement Center, Forest Room 7pm. For more information, please contact Jodi Wright 740-285-2424.

Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk– Feb. 1 Main Street Portsmouth presents its 6th Annual Chocolate Walk located in the downtown Portsmouth and historic Boneyfiddle areas. Ticket holders can expect chocolate candies and desserts along with special sales and discounts from participating stores. Event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., although hours will vary by individual businesses. Tickets are $5.00. Only 300 tickets will be for sale. For more information, please contact Main Street Portsmouth at 740-464-0203 or email

Notre Dame Schools “Bid Your Heart Out” - Feb 15 Join with Notre Dame as they host their annual fundraiser. Tickets now available. For more information, please call 740-353-2354.

Portsmouth Little Theater– Feb. 14-16, and 21-22 Presents South Pacific, an epic musical romance centers on a group of American sailors and Navy nurses stationed in the South Pacific during WWII. Musical Rated G – 7:30pm nightly. For more information, contact the Portsmouth Little Theatre at 740353-7034 or visit Tickets available and doors open one hour prior to show times. The theatre is located at 1117 Lawson Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Join Main Street Portsmouth on the Barb Pratt Show (1260 AM) to listen and learn about what’s going on in your community. Guests from downtown businesses will be featured and talked to about their stores and their involvement with the community! Our next show will be with Jessi Swords, store manager with Déjà Vu Consignment & Gifts (522 Second St).

Scioto Co. Health Coalition The next Scioto County Health Coalition meeting will be Friday, Jan. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at ADAMHS Board office (919 7th St). Like the Coalition Facebook page and receive updates on Coalition news and topics.

APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP Friends of MSP- $35 Household- $55 Student- $20 Businesses with 10 or fewer employees-

$100 Businesses with 10 or more employees-


Please make checks payable to: Main Street Portsmouth PO BOX 620 Portsmouth, Oh 45662 Are you interested in volunteer work? Name:___________________________ Street:___________________________ City:_____________________________

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January 2014 Newsletter