Troy Main Street celebrated the end of one of its most successful, yet eventful, times during its 24 years of existence on Tuesday night.
Downtown Troy businesses gathered together to look back at 2013 — a year no one in Troy will likely forget for a long time.
Troy Main Street Executive Director Karin Manovich said Tuesday’s meeting was a time of “review and celebration” of all the events and success of downtown Troy in 2013 and look ahead in 2014.
“They year 2013 was arguably the most productive, rewarding, impactful and significant year that we had,” Manovich, jokingly adding that 2014 would be a year of recovery. “In 2014, we’re moving full speed ahead, continuing to do everything that we normally do and implementing some new ideas.”
Manovich said TMS will be assisting downtown merchants with the 2014 Troy Strawberry Festival’s move to downtown Troy; continuing to market downtown Troy in a variety of ways; and providing guidance and advocacy to local businesses on a variety of topics or issues; and matching businesses with appropriate downtown spaces.
“So far in (2014), we have seven brand new businesses opening up on first floor spaces in downtown Troy in the next two months,” she said. “Downtown Troy is where people want to be and our phone has been ringing off the hook. I don’t know why, but in the last two weeks I don’t have enough space for people. Some of the spaces that are left are not possibilities for people, so the demand is starting to exceed the supply.”
Downtown Troy welcomed eight brand new businesses in 2013: Three Weird Sisters, Mojo’s Bar and Grille, Bottle No. 121, The Country Bulk Barn, Photos at Six, Mayflower Arts Center, In the Patch Designs and Pinkie’s Up Tea House.
During the last four years, 52 new businesses opened in downtown Troy, and the net gain of first floor businesses was 21 in the same time period.
“And that’s in a bad economy,” Manovich said.
The downtown first floor downtown business vacancy rate has remained steady at around 96 percent, she said.
Manovich also stated Troy Main Street increased its membership by 68 percent in 2013. TMS also included the corporate community in its recruitment.
Troy Streets Alive! will also be making its return to the TMS line-up in 2014 on the evening of June 27 as well as the extended downtown business hours event of Fourth Fridays during the summer.
Manovich also said TMS will be working on a business rention survey to understand the downtown businesses’ needs and how to better serve them.
Manovich highlighted its usual line of events, including the annual downtown holiday illumination event and other holiday showcases, the 13-week Farmers’ Market, Taste of Troy and the Great Ohio Bike Adventure in 2013.
Manovich said when GOBA came to town, TMS put on an art showcase and shuttled participants to downtown as well as a concert at Treasure Island during their stay. TMS also drove all the purchases made by GOBA riders to the finish line in Urbana at the end of their bike tour of Ohio.
Manovich also said the downtown Troy’s Farmers’ Market has expanded from 12 vendors to more than 40 vendors since its beginning in 2011. The market’s manager is Jessie Rankinen.
Manovich also stated downtown Troy was named the region’s No. 1 shopping destination by the Dayton Business Journal, beating out historic towns such as Yellow Springs and Oakwood.
Troy Main Street also will be updating its website in 2014 as well as a weekly feature with Troy Community Radio.
Manovich and staff shared a video montage of highlights from helping coordinate the Gentleman of the Road concert, which brought more than 40,000 visitors to downtown Troy for the two-day music festival featuring the Grammy Award-winning Mumford and Sons.
Troy Main Street welcomed new board president John Wilson of F & P for the next two years.
TROY TO HOST ANOTHER LARGE SCALE MUSIC FEST?
With multiple pleas from a variety of downtown business owners to “do it again” in regards to the Labor Day Gentlemen of the Road Tour, city officials didn’t exactly say yes, but also the didn’t exactly say no.
“We’ll continue to advocate for the return of a world-class music festival for downtown Troy, cover your ears if you are from the city of Troy, but we’d like to see it again,” Manovich said Tuesday.
To see city officials response to hosting another “epic” event like the Gentlemen of the Road concert, as well as Troy Daily News Facebook responses to host another large scale music festival event, see Friday’s edition of the Troy Daily News.
Melanie Yingst can be reached at (937) 440-5254 or follow her on Twitter @Troydailynews