Authored by Lori McDonald
The Tribune

The board of directors of Seymour Main Street talked about this past year and offered a peek at what's to come this year during the nonprofit organization's annual meeting.

The mission of the organization, incorporated in 1999, is to plan, promote and preserve historic downtown Seymour.

During Thursday's meeting at Seymour City Hall, Executive Director Bri Roll said the primary words were "refresh" and "refocus" in 2022.

"Seymour Main Street had already developed a strong group of volunteers leading efforts to attract local residents and visitors to the downtown area and to support downtown businesses and organizations," she said. "However, those efforts needed to realign with a focused goal to make measurable effective economic transformation happen in downtown Seymour."

The organization successfully contracted with consultants from Viridis Group and Context Design in 2022, Roll said.

"We developed a streetscape master plan, which will guide our organization to take action steps toward implementing a cohesive foundational plan for our downtown," she said. "This plan includes identifying standard amenities so the downtown area will be defined through not only beautiful historic architecture but also synchronized site furnishings, like light posts, benches, trash cans and crosswalks."

She said there was a gain of 12 new businesses downtown in 2022, but unfortunately, three businesses closed and two businesses opted to relocate outside of the district.

Last year, Seymour Main Street partnered with more than 50 area businesses and organized 14 events, including the CityJam summer concert series, Soak Up the Suds brew fest, Jingle All the 5K, Ghouls and Goblets, Downtown Shop Arounds and the Happy Glamper vintage camper show.

Seymour Main Street was able to support a few other events with its partners, including the Seymour Parks and Recreation Department's golf outing and Tea for Two event, Seymour Noon Lions Club's annual Pig in the Park and Seymour High School mock interviews.

"We were able to present to the Mayor's Youth Council, Jackson County Young Professionals, Leadership Jackson County as well as Aisin," Roll said. "I was able to further education efforts by attending a P3 workshop through the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, which focused on public/private partnerships to accomplish property development."

Seymour Main Street also was selected as one of the communities to take part in a transformation strategies workshop, offered through the national organization Main Street America, which took place in June 2022. Results were used to feed into the streetscape plans.

"In the 2022 renovation category, we did see two spaces undergo significant rehabilitation, the first of which being the smaller single-story building on the corner of Tipton and Chestnut streets, which used to be an extended home of another campus for Jackson County Bank," she said. "It was purchased privately and has received a beautiful facelift and the interior has been redone, so we're just waiting on that to find its partner, and either one or two businesses could go into that space."

She said there also has been significant improvement in the three-story building that's located just south of city hall and was once the home of a barbershop.

"It's a three-story building where the architecture is beautiful but unfortunately had seen significant deterioration due to squatting and break-ins," Roll said. "That owner has completely restored the first floor and the basement and is now moving this year into the second and third stories to extend residential opportunities."

So far in 2023, Roll said she is already aware of four buildings that are undergoing renovation that will be activated this year as well as one building recently vacated in late 2022 that will now be reactivated with new tenants in 2023.

"In streetscape enhancements, we did see some new crosswalks in the downtown and really want to thank the city of Seymour, the city engineer, Bernie Hauersperger, and the department of public works," she said. "There's one right here in front of city hall and the other is the crosswalk commonly used for the farmers market, and we've gotten a lot of positive feedback from the community."

Roll said there also was significant repaving and repainting of downtown streets and repainting of curb and parking spaces.

As far as marketing efforts, the organization was able to support eight businesses with marketing and advertising grants in 2022.

"We have our reports almost finalized from last year, and with over 60 volunteers in Seymour Main Street, they've put forth over 1,000 volunteer hours in 2022, which translates to almost $30,000 in value," Roll said.

She said in 2022, there were more than 180 active members, which includes individuals, businesses and other nonprofit agencies, up from 152 in 2021 and 114 in 2020.

"We were also able to extend the Main Street staff by gaining executive assistant Shaney Smith, who is wonderful and joined us in late 2022, and we're very excited to have her on board," Roll said.

She said Seymour Main Street uses a four-point approach with the following committees: Design, economic vitality, organization and promotion. There were several reports from those committees during the annual meeting.

Roll said 2022 paved the way for Main Street to concentrate on the word fulfillment for 2023, and each committee is dedicated to implementing the streetscape master plan with a focus on the identified transformation strategies.

Melody Hageman, chairwoman of the design committee, said the plans for this year are to do more flower planting in the pots placed in the parking lots and also some painting maintenance on the mural located on the side of the Edward Jones building along Tipton Street. Some of the mural has been damaged.

Jason Bukowski, who also is a board member, gave the report for the economic vitality committee. He said some of the rehab, construction and rebuilding of downtown buildings is partially funded by grants issued by the committee.

Through Thursday's meeting, the organization had awarded more than $115,000 to 16 downtown businesses. Six received funds for buildouts, five for awnings, façades and/ or signage, two for rental assistance and three for roof stabilization.

"As we look forward to 2023, we have a budget again this year of $125,000 for our grants and special projects and have already received some applications, which we appreciate and will be reviewing soon," Bukowski said.

Brian Terrell, chairman of the promotion committee, said some attendance at Main Street events was down in early 2022 due to effects of COVID-19. That changed by mid-year, and by the end of the year, numbers were up to pre-COVID status and surpassing those numbers, he said.

Treasurer and board chairwoman Leah Branaman talked about the work of the organization committee, which includes filling board vacancies.

"Our board took on Jessica Nierman to fill a position for us, and we also just recently brought on Jordan Richart from the Jackson County Visitor Center," she said, noting there are two open board positions to be filled.

Branaman said the biggest and most exciting accomplishment from the committee was hiring Smith as executive assistant, which was needed because the organization has been growing, and she brings a lot to the table.

She also gave the 2022 financial review and said Main Street was able to meet the budget last year and even saw a surplus due to a couple of factors, the first one being the annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars, which is the biggest fundraiser.

"It's usually held once a year, but due to COVID restrictions, we had two Dancing with the Stars events in 2022," Branaman said. "The one for 2021 was pushed back and held in January 2022, so we had double the fundraising efforts there, which was very nice."

Another factor for the budget surplus was a $50,000 grant the organization received from the city of Seymour to compensate for the 2021 events that didn't occur because of the pandemic.

Branaman said there was a trend in 2021 and 2022 of an increase in memberships, which shows business owners and the people in the community are seeing the value of Seymour Main Street and want to be part of it.

She said Seymour Main Street has set a general campaign goal of $32,000 for the 2023 budget.

"We have two new events planned for this year, and one is a Kids Christmas Stroll, and coming up very soon is a Bourbon Night event added, as well," Branaman said.
The proposed officers for 2023 are already serving in those roles from the previous year: Melissa Acton, president; Tyler Thias, vice president; Branaman, treasurer; and Hageman, secretary.

There also was special recognition for outgoing board members Monica Hartung and Ashley MacTavish.

 

5th Annual Ghouls and Goblets

Join us for spooky stories in downtown Seymour and tastes of wines and local brews on October 7th from 6:00 - 9:00pm.

This event takes you through downtown Seymour with multiple stops along the way for free samples of beer, wine and spirits from Indiana vendors and to hear live spooky stories told by local talent! Beverage samples and stories are free. Full size beverages available for additional purchase.

*Check in 5:30-7pm at 121 N. Chestnut Street (downstairs of Smith Law building @ corner of 2nd and Chestnut)
*Pick up map and tasting Goblet and hit the town!

Early bird tickets are on sale now! Follow the event page and Seymour Main Street Facebook page for announcements of the vendors, storytellers, and more!

The event is rain or shine. Presale tickets are $15 per person and tickets night of are $20 per person.

***This event is for ages 21+*** 

Brought to you by Seymour Main Street and Moore & Shepherd Insurance. Ghoulish tales sponsored by Roger Wessel-Berkshire Hathaway.

 

We are celebrating our 9th Year!

There will be two performances on Saturday September 24th at Celebrations Event Center in Seymour. The matinee will begin at 1:00pm and the doors will open at Noon. This will be a family friendly event with light appetizers and additional beverages for purchase. Tickets for the matinee are $25 in advance and $30.00 at the door. Doors open for the evening performance at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7pm. The evening performance is sold out. Tickets for the matinee are available to purchase starting August 8th online at www.seymourmainstreet.org or by calling or by visiting the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour, or by visiting First Financial Bank in Seymour.

Each couple will perform a dance routine and the audience will cast votes for their favorite dancers with their checkbooks, credit cards or cash. The pair who attracts the highest amount will be declared the winner. A runner up couple will also be determined. Online votes can be cast for your favorite couple at www.seymourmainstreet.org starting August 8th.

The 2022 Dancers for Dancing with the Seymour Stars are:

  • Heather Kasting and Kevin Ude
  • Lindsey Kilgas and Zane Clayburn
  • Katrina Hardwick and Toby Calhoun
  • Merrilynne Gerth and Matt Nieman
  • Lizz Patterson and JT Patterson
  • Andy Wolka and Andrew Murphy
  • Kayla Stice and Jake Stice
  • Natalie Betts and Jason Hardy

The Seymour Main Street Annual Meeting will take place Thursday, January 13th, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus in downtown Seymour.

Seymour Main Street was incorporated in 1999 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation whose mission is, “to plan, promote, and preserve historic downtown Seymour, Indiana.” The annual meeting is open to the public and provides an opportunity for the community to receive updates from Seymour Main Street leadership.

The list of speakers includes Board President Melissa Acton, Executive Director Bri Roll, and the chairpersons of each committee: Economic Vitality, Design, Promotions, and Organization.

The committee chairs will present a review of 2021 goals and a preview of 2022 work plans. The Board President and Executive Director will also speak on the accomplishments in 2021 and the vision for 2022. In addition, the board will present the 2022 budget and approve the 2022 board member appointments.

For additional information, visit www.seymourmainstreet.org. Questions can be directed to Bri Roll at bri@seymourmainstreet.org or 812-216-0742.

Date: Thursday, January 13th, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Location: Knights of Columbus 118 E 2nd St. Seymour, IN 47274

Jingle Book - A Story Walk

The Magic of Books Bookstore, Seymour Main Street, the Jackson County Public Library, and the City of Seymour are excited to present another family friendly, outdoor activity for all ages this holiday season! 

Jingle Book is a month-long book stroll, taking readers along the sidewalks of downtown Seymour to enjoy reading the pages of Tiny Tree by Seymour author Suzanne Hill with illustrations by Molly Hill. 

From December 1st-December 31st, 18 downtown stores will display poster-size pages of the book in their storefront windows with QR codes to document your stroll. Read each page, scan the QR codes to fill out the corresponding web entry, and automatically be entered to win prizes. The winners will be drawn at random from all those who complete the stroll.

Prizes include: copies of Tiny Tree, 4 admission tickets to the Kentucky Derby Museum, and a $100 gift card to The Magic of Books Bookstore courtesy of Tim Hill. The winners will be drawn and notified on January 3rd

New this stroll!  A Spanish-translated version will also be available!  Both English text and Spanish text pages will be on display.

The book strolls promote literacy, downtown Seymour, and walking in a way families can enjoy together. There is no cost for businesses or the public to participate.

Join us for a 5k in downtown Seymour and have a jolly good time! Each runner will receive a pair of Jingle Bells for their shoes and a hat or head wrap of their choosing (first come first serve).  Festive, holiday costumes are encouraged at this family friendly event!

Be sure to stick around once you cross the finish line to snap a picture with Santa! 

Saturday, December 18th

9AM

Click here to download an event flyer

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Downtown Trick or Treat

On October 25th from 4-6pm, Seymour Main Street will be holding the annual Downtown Trick or Treat where everyone will be invited to walk around downtown and get candy and treats from local businesses.

Officers will be present to direct traffic at the major intersections, and guests are encouraged to only cross streets in the marked pedestrian crosswalks. 

At 6:00pm hundreds of people will also be lining the streets to enjoy the Seymour Evening Lions parade and hear some spooky hits from the Seymour High School band. The parade will begin at the Seymour Post Office and conclude in the Smalltown Plaza (Old Legion) parking lot, where the night will be finished off with a costume contest.

Non-downtown businesses interested in participating in the downtown trick or treat may contact Bri Roll at bri@seymourmainstreet.org to register. 

Booktober in Downtown Seymour

The Magic of Books Bookstore, Seymour Main Street and the City of Seymour are excited to present a NEW family friendly, outdoor activity for all ages this fall! 

“Booktober” is a month-long book stroll, taking readers along the sidewalks of downtown Seymour to enjoy reading the pages of Lewis the Toothless Vampire by Seymour authors Suzanne Hill & Tim Hill with illustrations by Krishana House. 

From Oct. 1st-Oct. 31st, 25 downtown stores will display poster-size pages of the book in their storefront windows with QR codes to document your stroll. Read each page, scan all 14 QR codes to fill out the corresponding web entry and automatically be entered to win one of 3 signed copies of Lewis the Toothless Vampire. The winners will be drawn at random from all those who complete the stroll. One randomly drawn winner also will receive a $100 gift card to the participating business of their choice, courtesy of Tim Hill. The winners will be drawn and notified on Nov. 1st.

 

Seymour Main Street and Boys & Girls Club of Seymour Postpone Dancing with the Seymour Stars

Due to the current public health crisis in our county, the Dancing with the Seymour Stars committee has decided to postpone the 2021 event. The new date will be Saturday, January 22, 2022, with the matinee at 1:00PM and the evening performance at 7:00PM.

The dancer line up remains unchanged, and the current ticket holders will automatically transfer to the new date. Ticket holders with scheduling conflicts may contact Seymour Main Street at 812-216-0742 or the Boys & Girls Club of Seymour at 812-522-2434 for a refund.

 


 

We are celebrating our 8th Year! This years’ Dancers for Dancing with the Seymour Stars are:

  • Mitch Murphy and Bethany Rust
  • Matt Nieman and Brittany Percival
  • Darren Richey and Katrina Hardwick
  • Kyle Karum and Sarah Arnold
  • Brian Tidd and Dr. Pam Snook-Tidd
  • Bret Cunningham and Stephanie Cunningham
  • Dr. Aaron Frey and Heather Kasting
  • Brian Hamp and Jana Gray

Each couple will perform a dance routine and the audience will cast votes for their favorite dancers with their checkbooks, credit cards or cash. The pair who attracts the highest amount will be declared the winner. A runner up couple will also be determined. This year we are pleased to announce you are able to vote for your favorite couple at www.seymourmainstreet.org.

There will be two performances on Saturday January 22nd.  The matinee will begin at 1pm and the doors will open at Noon. This will be a family friendly event with light appetizers and additional beverages for purchase. Tickets for the matinee are $20 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Doors open for the evening performance at 6:00pm. Dinner will begin at 7:00PM with the evening show following. The evening performance is sold out.  Tickets for the matinee are available online at www.seymourmainstreet.org, or by calling Seymour Main Street at 812-216-0742, or by calling the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour at 812-522-2434, or by visiting First Financial Bank in Seymour.

Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call.

Voting has closed for this event.

 

 

As a Main Street AmericaTM Accredited program, Seymour Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street AmericaTM Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Seymour Main Street is thrilled to have been a part of an amazing renovation project in downtown Seymour. Be sure to drive through historic downtown Seymour and check out 212 E. 2nd Street. The building is amazing inside and out, and it will be a great asset to the community. Vat and Barrel will serve Indiana beer, wine, spirits and food and will be opening  soon!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and sign up for text alerts by texting 81010 and enter @seymainst  so that you don’t miss a thing!

#smalltownbigdreams #lovewhereyoulive #dinedowntown

NMS LogoAs a Main Street America™ Accredited program, Seymour Main Street is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.

Head to downtown Seymour tomorrow morning (2/29) for the grand opening of 3’z Company.

3'z Company is located at 206 S. Chestnut Street.

3’z Company has children’s clothes, Women’s clothing, Shoes, and Accessories.

Join them tomorrow 9:00am till 3:00pm and welcome them to downtown Seymour!

#shoplocal #shopsmall #lovewhereyoulive

Happy Glamper

   

Join us in historic downtown Seymour for the 4th annual Happy Glamper show the weekend of April 24-25th. Vintage Glampers will be set up for viewing on Friday night from 6-pm and Saturday from 10am till 5pm. There will be food trucks, live music and of course Glampers from all over Southern Indiana. Get your tickets now for $10.00 for the sip and stroll or the night of the event in the Walnut street parking lot at the Seymour Main Street table for $15.00. Wineries and Breweries will be set up in various downtown locations for the sip and stroll and we will have maps available at registration.

Crossroads Acoustic Fest

April 24th & 25th 2020

Crossroads Acoustic Fest is a boutique music festival bringing world-class musicians and intimate performances to downtown Seymour!

TWO FULL NIGHTS OF MUSIC.
WORLD CLASS MUSICIANS
MULTIPLE INDOOR LISTENING ROOMS

Crossroads Acoustic Fest brings internationally touring musicians and intimate performances to downtown Seymour. With a weekend wristband, you can create your own festival experience. Move freely from one listening room to another, and see the artists you want to see.

Visit crossroadsacousticfest.com now to get your special prices for Early Bird Tickets!

Join us this Saturday downtown Seymour for the Home for the Holidays event! Pancakes with Santa, Movies at the Library, Christmas Tree lighting and more!! Our shops will be doing a Santa Selfie Contest from 10am till 2pm, stop in a store, take a selfie, post it and be registered to win!!! The shop small basket of goodies is worth over $500!!!!!

Be sure to grab the family and head to historic downtown Seymour tonight for some sweet treats at Lot Hill Dairy Farm! They will be opening tonight at 5pm at 222 W. 2nd street in the bank drive thru. There will be picnic tables with outdoor seating and a drive thru to get your ice cream and hit the town. Delicious flavors including mint chocolate chip, butter pecan, rocky road, oreo, and more!! 15 flavors for you to enjoy!

There are  21 different scarecrows up downtown, so grab the family, dine downtown, see the scarecrows and then grab desert at Lot Hill Dairy Farms!! #lovewhereyoulive #familytime

It is located on the side of the Edward D. Jones building on the corner of Chestnut and Hwy 50. The project was completed in 2 weeks during downtown development week by Murals and More and is the first, in what we hope will be a series of murals downtown. It showcases local landmarks and history for the city and we are thrilled about art work in downtown Seymour.

One Chamber Square ground breaking will be held on October 8th at 10am. This project is a collaboration of the Office and Community and Rural Affairs, The Community Foundation, Seymour Main Street and the City of Seymour. The project will be completed in May 2020.

Seymour Main Street and the Boys and Girls Club of Seymour present our 7th Annual Dancing with the Seymour Stars Event

This years’ Dancers for Dancing with the Seymour Stars are:

  • Curt and Summer Schleibaum
  • Brandon Hunsley and Myka Wetzel
  • Dr. Brandon Millick and Katrina Hardwick
  • Janet Myers and Winnie
  • Marykate Helmsing and Matt Nieman
  • Chelsea Burrell and Scott Davis
  • Matt and Lindsey Montgomery
  • Drew Hunt and Sarah Arnold

Each couple will perform a dance routine and the audience will cast votes for their favorite dancers with their checkbooks, credit cards or cash. The pair who attracts the highest amount will be declared the winner. A runner up couple will also be determined. 

There will be two performances for this event on September 28th. 

Soak Up the Suds

Crossroads Community Park 101 East Tipton Street in historic downtown Seymour

Local Breweries, food vendors, and Lonesome Crow takes the stage at 12 with Cody Ikerd and the Sidewinders taking the stage at 3pm.

Limited VIP tickets are available for special tasting from 12-1 for 40 dollars

General admission is at 1pm for 30 dollars

Designated driver tickets are 10 dollars

Tickets will be sold at the door from 1 till 5 for 35 dollars

Seymour, IN April 24, 2019 - Seymour Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs to recognize their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach™

“We are proud to acknowledge this year’s 840 nationally accredited Main Street America programs that have worked tirelessly to strengthen their communities. said Patrice Frey, President & CEO of the National Main Street Center. “These programs deserve recognition for generating impressive economic returns, preserving community character, and celebrating local history. Main Street America Accredited communities are part of a powerful movement of changemakers, and their dedication to improving quality of life in the places they call home is inspiring.

In 2018 alone, Main Street America programs generated $4.93 billion in local reinvestment, helped open 5,310 net new businesses, generated 25,301 net new jobs, catalyzed the rehabilitation of 8,146historic buildings, and clocked 2.2 million volunteer hours.

The Seymour Main Street’s performance is annually evaluated by Indiana Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet ten national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, documenting programmatic progress, and actively preserving historic buildings.

ABOUT MAIN STREET AMERICA

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. Since 1980, communities participating in the program have leveraged more than $79.12 billion in new public and private investment, generated640,017 net new jobs and 143,613 net new businesses, and rehabilitated more than 284,936 buildings. Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

JRs Tires in Downtown SeymourSeymour Main Street welcomes JR’s Tires to downtown Seymour. Anthony Walker our Economic Vitality Committee Chair and Executive Director Becky Schepman stopped by to drop off a check to help out with the new signage on the building.

Remember if you are interested in learning more about our economic incentives for businesses in the downtown check out our website at www.seymourmainstreet.org and click on the business assistance tab.  

JR’s Tires is located at 100 N. Ewing St. Suite C in historic downtown Seymour and they are open daily from 7:30am till 5:00pm.

Join us for the Downtown Shop Around tomorrow (March 9th) from 9:00am till 3:00pm, and check out the great deals on new spring merchandise in our stores.

Get registered to win great prizes, and check out the relaxation station at Edward Jones: Financial Advisor Andrea Hall’s office.

If you get your card punched and turn it in you can be registered to win 1 - $100 gift card, 2 - $50 gift cards, or 4 - $25 gift cards to the participating store of your choice! #lovewhereyoulive #shopsmall #shoplocal

Special Thanks to Jackson County Bank  for their support of our special "Love where you Live" shopping bags we will be giving away for this event. Supplies are limited.