All About Richland

Facade Improvement Program’s First Project Showcases Landmark Building

24 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

Driving along North Main Street this weekend, something attracted our attention.

The first visible signs of Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI)’s new Facade Improvement Program became apparent over the last few days with new awnings installed on the historic Voegele Building.

The black and white awnings draw attention to the period storefront of the four story brick building, which dates to 1897. More…

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All About Richland

Council Gets A First Look At A Proposed New-Look Main Street

9 Jan , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

In its almost 200 year history, Mansfield’s Main Street has had many lives and, with the passing of time,and with changes in the ways in which downtowns function, it has developed a bit of a split personality.

That’s about to change, if a plan introduced this week to Mansfield City Council’s Streets Committee at its first regular meeting of the year gets a green light.

An overview of the Main Street Corridor Plan, developed by EDGE and K.E. McCartney & Associates, was provided by Plan steering committee members Downtown Mansfield, Inc. CEO Jennifer Kime and City Engineer Bob Bianchi, took Committee members on a visual and narrative walk through of the hoped-for changes to the City’s primary north-south street. More…

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All About Richland

Downtown Christmas Tree Lighting Goes Virtual

3 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

In cooperation with local and state health guidelines for social distancing during the recent surge in COVID19 cases, the 2020 Downtown Mansfield annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, held in partnership with the City of Mansfield, will be hosted virtually this year. In lieu of an in person event, historically held at Richland Carrousel Park, the celebration will move online during the previously scheduled date of Friday, December 4.

“The Downtown Mansfield Christmas Time in the City Tree Lighting event has been one of our most loved and we have been thrilled to see it grow over the years. Unfortunately, after much discussion, we feel that the best decision is the most difficult one and we will be taking the Christmas tree lighting to a virtual platform this year.” Jennifer Kime, CEO of DMI said, “We invite you be a part of our downtown holiday traditions in a new way, this year.” More…

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History & Tourism

Landmarks of Mansfield: Walpark Building

17 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The Walpark Building at 13 Park Avenue West occupies a unique location in the history of Mansfield.

In 1858, the City of Mansfield – which had become a city from a village just a year earlier – erected a City Hall and market building at the southeast corner of Market (now Park Avenue West) and Walnut Streets. The lot was purchased for $1,500 (an amount which the City actually had to borrow), and the structure cost some $10,000 to construct.

In 1922, the former City Hall was sold to the Walpark Building Company for the sum of $87,000. More…

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All About Richland

Support Small Businesses This Weekend In Downtown Mansfield

1 Oct , 2020  

From our friends at Downtown Mansfield, Inc.:

No doubt this year has been rough on small businesses all over.

At DMI, we’ve opened up our newly renovated storefront and will be welcoming small business. On Friday, October 2 from 3-8 and Saturday October 3 from 10-4, stop in 128 North Main Street and shop with entrepreneurs growing their small business right here in downtown Mansfield.

We are excited to bring you Calla Lily Yarn Works, GJRP 3D Printing, Lola & Lily’s Pastry Shop, Paparazzi, Life is Art, doTerra Essential Oils, NatGorka Art, 3rd Life Upcylcing, and Color Street. More…

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History & Tourism

Pssst.. There’s A Few Secrets In Downtown Mansfield

16 Sep , 2020  

Special To 1812Blockhouse

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold the 2020 Secret City Tour on Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 AM to 4 PM.

Take a peek into some of Mansfield’s most exquisite historic buildings and architectural gems on this self-guided tour. With continued interest in downtown development, this tour offers a unique look to the past while challenging us to reimagine the future of these great spaces.

Buildings on the 2020 Secret City Tour will include: 129 North Main Street, 100 North Main Street (second floor), 159 North Walnut Street, 118 North Main Street (second floor), 80 West Third Street, 25 East Fourth Street (second floor), 86 East Fifth Street, 116 Penn Avenue. More…

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All About Richland

Public Art Initiative Launched In Downtown Mansfield

15 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Richland Community Development Group Art Sector has announced that it is leading a public art initiative in downtown Mansfield.

The project will be funded by various businesses and organizations with a 50% matching grant from the Richland County Foundation as part of its Mansfield Rising Project. More…

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All Things Business

A Chapter Ends As Bookstore Announces Closure

9 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

It’s a sad day on Main Street.

In an announcement on its website, Mansfield’s “Bookstore Lady,” Llalan Fowler, manager of Main Street Books, announced that the county’s only independent bookstore will be closing.

The last day for the store will be on Saturday, September 26.

In the post, Fowler shared words of gratitude.

“As the manager for over nine years, I want to thank all of you who have supported the bookstore. It’s not easy for independent bookstores to survive anywhere, but is especially challenging in little towns like Mansfield. I fought day in and out to keep the bookstore open, but it was ultimately a losing battle,” the statement shared. More…

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All Things Business

Support Local Entrepreneurs At Social On Main

2 Sep , 2020  

Local small business find a spot at Social on Main.

No doubt this year has been rough on small businesses all over. At Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI), we’ve opened up our newly renovated storefront and will be welcoming small business. On Friday, September 4 from 12-8 and Saturday September 5 from 10-4, stop in 128 North Main Street and shop with entrepreneurs growing their small business right here in downtown Mansfield.

We are excited to bring you Winnie James Boutique, Calla Lily Yarn Works, Jessiegail’s Jazzed Up Junk, Papparazzi, Mani Adventures with Alyssa, GJRP 3D Printing, Lola & Lily’s Pastry Shop, Star Dazzlerzz and more. More…

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History & Tourism

Mansfield, Delaware Holding “Secret,” “Hidden” Downtown Tours Next Month

27 Aug , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse, 1808Delaware

Now that social distancing, masks, and other guidelines have been established as the new “normal” — at least for the time being — non-profit organizations are working to return to programming.

For downtown organizations in Mansfield and Delaware, that means an opportunity to gain a rare peek inside buildings you pass every day. Both city centers are replete with older structures that present dynamic adaptive reuse potential.

These events will both take place in September. More…

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Downtown Mansfield Stroll

29 Jun , 2020  

Join 1812Blockhouse as we look back at a photo stroll we took a couple of years ago through downtown Mansfield. Click on the photo below to access. More…

All About Richland

Free Popcorn At Downtown Mansfield Businesses On June 5

4 Jun , 2020  

To celebrate the Renaissance 2020-21 Season Preview Live event, the Renaissance Performing Arts Association will be giving away free popcorn at our friends’ and neighbors’ businesses in Downtown Mansfield on Friday, June 5 from 12:00-5:00 PM. Located within three of the popcorn bags will be a gift card to a local restaurant: a $25 gift certificate to Doc’s Deli, a $25 gift certificate to Uncle Johns Place, and a $20 gift certificate to Dan Lew Exchange. The gift cards will be secured in a separate bag within the popcorn and will be randomly placed at participating businesses. More…


All About Richland

A Peaceful Protest

31 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff

“There is majesty in all of us,” one speaker declared.

Expressions of anger, love, frustration, and hope filled the air in Central Park in downtown Mansfield on Saturday morning as hundreds gathered for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest which was both similar and different than events nationwide.

The event was like others in many of the emotions and feelings shared by speakers and written on placards. It was unlike some in that it was designed to be, and stayed, a peaceful expression of those sentiments. More…

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All About Richland

Love Local For Father’s Day

21 May , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; Downtown Mansfield, Inc.

You’ve likely heard of “shop local.” Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) invites you to extend that idea to “love local” as well.

Mansfield’s downtown revitalization organzation had great success on Mother’s Day, so they are now offering Love Local Father’s Day Gift Boxes as well.

DMI shares, “ We have teamed up a different set of 10 downtown merchants to bring together the best of downtown, dad style. Whether you purchase the gift boxes for your dad, your son, your brother, or yourself, it’s a great way to enjoy downtown and support our community of business owners. More…

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All About Richland

Give A Love Local Gift Box For Mother’s Day

1 May , 2020  

It’s a way to support local merchants while pampering that lady who deserves a bit of extra love these days.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Downtown Mansfield, Inc. is excited to launch the Love Local Mother’s Day Gift Boxes!

In a cooperative project between DMI and 10 downtown merchants, we are bringing together our love of moms and shopping local featuring some of the best items downtown has to offer. Whether you purchase the gift boxes for your mom, your daughter, your friends or yourself, it’s a great way to enjoy downtown and support our community of business owners. More…

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