All Things Business, Downtown

A Truly Unique Store Opened Saturday In A Historic Location

5 Aug , 2019  

It’s a shop with a bit of that, and a bit of this – all of it unique and wonderful.

And it’s the newest retail enterprise in downtown Mansfield.

1812Blockhouse paid a visit on Saturday to the brand-new Lucah Designs, which held its Grand Opening that day on the south side of the Square. More…

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Downtown, Instagram

1812Blockhouse Visits The Fourth Street Pop Up Project

4 Aug , 2019  

The Richland County Regional Planning Commission has spearheaded a temporary “pop up” project on Fourth Street, between North Main and North Diamond Streets, during the first two weeks of August. The project is designed to demonstrate the type of improvements which have been used in other cities to help to transform streets into more pedestrian-oriented locations.

We went to see the installation on Saturday afternoon. Included is a new, temporary, brightly painted mid-block crosswalk, the elimination of parking on the north side of Fourth and the inclusion of tables, chairs, etc., and lights placed in the walkway between that crosswalk and The Brickyard. Here are some images from our visit.



Help Catch Grace The Giraffe For Fun And Prizes

16 Jul , 2019  

Do you remember Otis the Ostrich? How about Reginald the Rabbi?

Both were visitors to downtown Mansfield in the last two years, each leaving traces that visitors found and recorded in an effort to play The Downtown Mansfield Scavenger Hunt.

This year, Grace the Giraffe has been skating around downtown Mansfield, and local businesses need your help catching her. More…

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Downtown, Schools

Downtown Merchants Launch Mansfield School Supply Drive

12 Jul , 2019  

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. has announced a collaborative downtown Mansfield School Supply Drive benefiting the Mansfield City Schools S.A.F.E Program. Participating downtown merchants will collect school supplies from July 15 to August 2. More…

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Fathers And Sports Featured At First Friday

4 Jun , 2019  

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is hosting its monthly First Friday Shop Hop in the historic downtown on Friday, June 7. This month, several merchants will participate in the Father’s Day and Sports themed First Friday Shop Hop. This event will include a book talk, yummy treats, live music, live art, and more. More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Sweep And Plant Downtown This Tuesday

20 May , 2019  

The City of Mansfield and Downtown Mansfield, Inc. have announced, that Tuesday, May 21 will be Operation Sweep in support of Earth Stewardship Month and the Great American Clean up.

Volunteers, local business people, and organizations are being asked to don their work clothes and meet at the Gazebo in Central Park (near the Gazebo) between 4:45 PM and 5:00 PM to “Plant Pride, Not Litter.” More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: St. Peter’s Catholic Church

21 Apr , 2019  

NOTE: We are very pleased to re-share this Landmarks of Mansfield post in celebration of Easter, which is important to the city’s Christian communities.

For the last 100 years, the 125 feet high towers of the landmark St. Peter’s Catholic Church have themselves done double duty, standing sentinel over the central part of Mansfield while at the same time encouraging passers-by to look in a heavenly direction. More…

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Making A Move On Mulberry?

15 Apr , 2019  

Two measures coming before Mansfield City Council for the first time this week have a downtown flavor.

The first of those measures on Tuesday night’s agenda concerns the amendment of the current schedule of one-way streets to, as the legislation states, “remove one-way traffic restriction for Mulberry Street from Second Street to Fifth Street.” More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Mansfield Rising Plan: Revitalizing North Central Ohio’s Downtowns

1 Apr , 2019  

This post is part of a series concerning the Mansfield Rising revitalization plan recently unveiled by the Richland County Foundation. Our previous posts can be read here, and the entire plan can be accessed here.

As Mansfield begins a comprehensive effort to bring renewed economic and social vitality to its center, we have already looked revitalization in another mid-sized Ohio downtown, and also at the remarkable successful of a retail center which is only two decades old.

Today we’ll stick a bit closer to home. We’re looking at Richland and surrounding counties to identity what communities have taken or are now taking steps to generate economic activity in their respective downtowns. More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Spring Shop Hop Down Downtown Streets

31 Mar , 2019  

Celebrate all things spring as Downtown Mansfield, Inc. hosts its monthly First Friday Shop Hop in the historic downtown on Friday, April 5.

This month, several merchants will participate in the Spring Shop Hop. This event will include popcorn, book talks, live art and music, furry friends, and more. More…

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All Things Business, Downtown

Mansfield Rising Plan: Considering Easton Part Two

26 Mar , 2019  

If you missed Part One of our two-part series on Mansfield and Easton, it can be found here.

So let’s answer that question. Can Easton’s obvious success provide important lessons for downtown Mansfield revitalization?

Before we delve into that, we’re going to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Obviously, Easton and downtown Mansfield are competitors, as both draw — or could draw — specialty retail shoppers from this part of Ohio. More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Mansfield Rising Plan: Considering Easton Part One

25 Mar , 2019  

Here’s an intriguing question – could a development which is barely 20 years old provide relevant lessons which could be used in another location which has been around for over 200 years?

Over the next two days, we’ll share some ideas on that topic. More…

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Mansfield Rising Plan: Other Cities Have Seen Success

18 Mar , 2019  

Since March 1, “action items” from the Mansfield Rising downtown revitalization plan have been profiled daily on Richland Source.

Our first post on the plan can be read here.

As of Sunday, some 17 items have been shared, ranging from free downtown wi-fi, volunteer coordination, and branding to re-developing the large vacant municipal parking lot along East Fourth Street between North Main and North Diamond. More…

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Secret City Tour Tickets Available

5 Mar , 2019  

Tickets for this year’s edition of one of Mansfield’s favorite tours are now on sale.

As a part of RichHistory Weekend, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. will again be hosting the Secret City Tour downtown. This annual event is an opportunity to peek behind the front door of several of the city’s interesting spaces with great reuse potential. More…

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