Downtown, History & Tourism

When Mansfield Welcomed: John Philip Sousa

29 Jan , 2020  

John Philip Sousa was a musician whose reputation remains strong almost a century after his death.

The scene must have been extraordinary that late October evening in 1892, over 125 years ago, when Sousa came to town. The venue was the brand-new Memorial Opera House, a 565 seat auditorium situated in what was later the site of the Madison Theatre, and is now the parking lot of the Solders and Sailors Memorial Building on Park Avenue West. More…

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Downtown, History & Tourism

Showing Visitors Around Town This Holiday Season?

13 Dec , 2019  

Mansfielders, do you have out-of-town visitors coming this December who are going to expect a tour of our downtown or other areas of the city? If you really want to impress friends and family this holiday season, check out the interactive history map hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) to learn all about the landmarks in the downtown area, as well as a few non-downtown but still significant locations. More…

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Downtown, Holidays

Christmas Shopping in Richland County

9 Dec , 2019  

If you still need to purchase gifts for the holidays, look no further than local Richland County businesses. This is not just a way to find the perfect gift, but also to support your local economy. There are far too many businesses and services to include all of them, but here are a few of our favorites: More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Two Visitors Will Be On Hand As Mansfield Welcomes The Holidays

6 Dec , 2019  

Two guests will be visiting downtown Mansfield on Friday night.

Who are they? Here’s a hint – one of them will be wearing red and white and the other has been known to wear a crown.

December 6 is not only the monthly First Friday Shop Hop in downtown Mansfield, it’s also the official kickoff to the holiday season. This annual community gathering is full of holiday fun and spirit. More…

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All Things Business, Downtown

Newly Renovated Space Available for Downtown Living in Mansfield

21 Nov , 2019  

Those who have participated in the Secret City Tour in downtown Mansfield may remember having toured four dark, dirty and – in some areas – junk-filled upstairs apartments that had not been lived in for several decades. Over the course of the last two years, the apartments at 46 Park Avenue West have been emptied out, renovated, and are now ready for new life as high-end downtown apartments that overlook that street. All of this is thanks to new building owners who had a vision for the apartments, as well as the downstairs retail space. More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

A Tale Of Pirate Mystery

14 Nov , 2019  

Steve Goble will be at Main Street Books in Mansfield on November 15 at 6:00 PM to discuss the third book in his Spider John pirate mystery series, A Bottle of Rum.

The book, which was listed on CrimeReads.com’s Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2019, centers on an eighteenth-century pirate who is regularly wrapped up in mysteries and crimes.  More…

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All About Richland, Downtown

Monsterfield Masquerade Maps

25 Oct , 2019  

This weekend is the annual Monsterfield Masquerade in downtown Mansfield. Trick-or-Treat is from 11 AM to Noon on Saturday and the Parade steps off at Noon. Below you will find links to both the parade map and the trick-or-treat map. Click either for a full-sized image. More…

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Downtown

Reservations Being Taken For Bedtime Stories With Santa

23 Oct , 2019  

Bedtime Stories with Santa

Oh, Yes, we have started taking reservations for Bedtime Stories with Santa – – Dec. 4 & 11. Reservations are limited.

All About Richland, Downtown

It’s October First Friday Time

2 Oct , 2019  

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is hosting its monthly First Friday Shop Hop in the historic downtown this Friday, October 4. Several merchants are set to participate, and the event will include live music, live art, dancing, ice cream, and more!

Over the past few years Downtown Mansfield has seen significant growth in retail and development, First Friday Shop Hop is the perfect opportunity to find your favorite new spot. More…

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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.

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Downtown

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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Downtown

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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