We are community advocates – growing, bettering, promoting – making Kent a better place to live, visit and do business.

WHAT WE DO

PROGRAMS

We keep our downtown beautiful, alive and full of art through: Adopt-A-Spot, Clean-Up Kent Days, Holiday Lights & Window Decorating Contest, & Public Art Projects.

EVENTS

All year long, we produce events that drive traffic to our downtown businesses: Progressive Events, Chocolate Walk, Masterpieces on Main Art & Wine Festival, Oktoberfest, Black Squirrel Lotto, Small Business Saturday, & ‘Round Town Music Festival.

Volunteer with Main Street Kent

Main Street Kent is always looking for friendly, energetic, reliable individuals to become volunteers with our organization. Every event we host requires the help of volunteers. Being a Main Street Kent volunteer is a great way to meet new people, know what’s going on in our community, and give back to it. If you are interested in becoming a volunteeer, please see the form below.

Completed forms can be emailed to info@mainstreetkent.org or mailed to 138 E. Main St. Suite 201B, Kent, OH 44240

Testimonial

Michelle Sahr, Owner, Off the Wagon

“I’ve been a retailer for over 30 years and have come to believe in the power of collaboration.  MSK is by far the strongest downtown association I have witnessed.  MSK has a strong board of directors who all love Kent, and they collaborate with other organizations, downtown businesses, Heritage Ohio, and the National Main Street Center. We have seen huge increases in our sales over the years on the days of the events, and subsequently we hear customers talking of having discovered Kent on the days following events.  Our average number of daily sales (averaged over a year) has steadily increased, more than doubling over the course of the last 5 years. MSK’s contributions to the downtown aesthetics have helped make the downtown a truly beautiful and fun place to visit.  More people are shopping and enjoying Kent every day.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who supports Main Street Kent (MSK)?

Some of our biggest supporters include: the City of Kent, the Burbick Companies, Kent State University, The Dave Tree Expert Company, Diversa, Inc., Smithers-Oasis, Klaben, College Town Kent, PARTA, Hometown Bank, Crooked River Arts Council, and Portage Community Bank.

Why should I support Main Street Kent?

We rely on contributions from companies, individuals, and organizations alike to help us achieve our mission. You can be a part of the ongoing revitalization efforts and the sustainability of the new and improved downtown Kent. We rely on volunteers for everything we do, and funding is a part of that too. Every bit of donated time and money helps!

What does my money go toward?

Donations to Main Street Kent go toward a number of things, including marketing efforts, public art projects, clean-up efforts, special events, our general operating fund, and more. Want to support a specific effort? Just tell us!

About Main Street Kent

 

Kent, Ohio is a unique community. Our downtown is filled with shops, restaurants, bars, live music, and a vibrant community of artists and creators. Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization affiliated with the national Main Street and Heritage Ohio programs focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. The City of Kent, Kent State University, local businesses, and community members support Main Street Kent. Since Main Street Kent’s formation in 2006, numerous new businesses have opened in downtown Kent, and a hundreds of new full-time jobs and part-time jobs have been created.

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Friend of Main Street

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