All About Richland

Stage Is Set For A Magnificent May

29 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

May has arrived to chase away the winter blues. Not only does it look like the warm weather is finally here to stay, but some of our favorite events have returned. You can look forward to the return of the popular barn dances at Malabar Farm State Park, races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 77th Annual May Show at the Mansfield Art Center, the Secret City Tour of Downtown Mansfield and Live Music in The Brickyard!

Theater? Races? History? There’s an event for you! 

May 1 is your last day for the Civil War Show and your last chance to watch Once, the breathtaking story of a street musician about to give up on his dreams when a beautiful woman takes an interest in his music. This performance at Theatre 166 has sold out so make sure to reserve your seat right away.

Music lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to see the Beatles vs. the Stones:  A Musical Showdown (May 7) at the Renaissance Theatre.

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All About Richland

Secret City Summer 2022 Coming Saturday

27 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

An annual highlight of RichHistory Weekend is taking place this Saturday.

Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) is holding its summer 2022 Secret City Tour on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 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 tour will include 193 North Main Street, 137 North Main Street, 130 North Main Street, 111 North Main Street, 100 North Main Street, 17 East Temple Court, 25 North Park Street, and 87 West Fourth Street.

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Downtown

DMI Announces 2022 Final Friday Concert Series Lineup

20 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular local summer traditions is back again for 2022, bigger and better than ever!

It’s the best way to experience sunshine, good food, and good music. The 2022 Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard hosted by Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will kickoff on Friday, May 27 with the lineup of Emily Raff, Third Degree Sideburn, and Terry Lee Ridey.

The full 2022 summer lineup is as follows:

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All About Richland

Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part Two

7 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

This is the second in our current Solutions Journalism series focusing on the Westinghouse Building on Fifth Street in downtown Mansfield.

The photos we posted yesterday can be read in connection with the information we present today. Our goal is not to promote a specific end, but instead we hope to share a reminder that opportunity exists in almost every situation. These powerful economics tools have been used across Ohio and the country for remarkable community development. They can also capture resources that cannot be replicated.

Below is information on resources for the rescue and rehabilitation for significant pieces of Ohio history. These financial incentives have been used extensively, but unfortunately only to a limited extent in Richland County:

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Solutions Journalism: The Westinghouse Building: Part One

6 Apr , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

“Solutions Journalism” is a buzz word in certain media circles these days, both close to home and far afield.

In a nutshell, the concept can be described as a purposeful attempt to focus on what the news misses most often, according to the Solutions Journal Network. The goal is to identify “…how people are trying to solve problems and what we can learn from their successes or failures.”

That particular facet of local journalism has actually been around for quite some time. It is only recently, however, that it has acquired this new name.

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All About Richland

First Friday Shop Hop And Live Music In Downtown Mansfield

29 Mar , 2022  

By DMI; 1812Blockhouse

Join us on Friday, April 1 in downtown Mansfield for Shop Hop! Enter to win gift certificates to spend downtown and enjoy an evening of Jazz at Social on Main with Mansfield’s own Jeff Boyd and Friends for the First Friday Live series.

Downtown Mansfield is home to more than 50 independent businesses, and an abundance of dining, attractions, and service options.  During shop hop, many shops are open late and feature specials and entertainment.  Participating merchants will also have the opportunity for entry to win one of 15, $20 gift certificates.

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All About Richland

New Public Parking Lot Coming To Downtown Mansfield

16 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

The large, free public parking area on the east side of North Main Street, across the street from Richland Carrousel Park, is about to gain a twin.

Current undeveloped and unused land at the southwest corner of South Mulberry Street and Park Avenue West is set to become a large public parking facility after legislation was passed Tuesday night by Mansfield City Council.

Mansfield City Engineer Bob Bianchi shared project details with Council members, which center on the creation of a 29 space lot with landscaping and new lighting. The 180 by 90 foot area is currently owned by First English Lutheran Church, which sits across Mulberry. The lot would be leased from the church for $1 a year for ten years.

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Downtown

Plant Love In Downtown Mansfield

2 Mar , 2022  

By Downtown Mansfield, Inc.

For over 13 years, a community of donors and volunteers have joined The City of Mansfield and Downtown Mansfield, Inc. to beautify downtown. Each year, we strive to make the community even more beautiful through a concentrated effort including the planting of over 1000 flowers throughout the downtown. We have received some national recognition for the efforts and have heard from many in the community who enjoy the floral displays all summer.

We could not do this work without your support! To achieve our beautification goals for 2022, we are launching our annual fundraising effort. The PlantLove campaign will seek to fund downtown beautification annually in lieu of project by project requests. This funding covers projects from April to December and includes regular cleanups, planter maintenance, soil, growing agents, as well as flowers, plants, and evergreens seasonally!

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First Friday Live! Arrives

24 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

DMI is bringing a brand new event to the 2022 calendar.

On Friday, March 4, come and enjoy an evening of Jazz by Mansfield’s own Jeff Boyd and Friends at their opening event for the First Friday Live series.

First Friday Live is a free event and will feature the music of Jeff Boyd and friends for open Jazz nights at Social on Main, located at 128 North Main Street in downtown Mansfield. Doors will open at 5:30 PM and music will begin at 6:00 PM.  Drinks available for purchase and DMI encourages the public to bring food from a downtown restaurant or from the Cell Block Café Food Truck, that will be onsite at The Brickyard. Event will last until at least 8:30 PM. 

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All Things Business

Bloom Opens Its Doors Downtown

23 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Friday, Bloom opened for business at 48 Park Avenue West.

As it did so, owners, local civic representatives, and Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development were on hand for the ribbon cutting.

Several days ago, we shared a post talking about the new store, which can be found below. Be sure to access their website for more information or, better yet, visit the store in person.

Source, Photos: Downtown Mansfield Inc.

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All Things Business

Sixty Years Of Holiday Inn Ending As DoubleTree By Hilton Arrives

17 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s about to be a change on Park Avenue West in the general vicinity of the Renaissance Theatre.

The city’s largest hotel operation is about ready to receive a new name. When it does so, it will end 60 years of the Holiday Inn chain having a presence in Mansfield.

The original Holiday Inn was located at 880 Laver Road, just off of US 30. That motel opened in 1962.

A bit over 20 years later, the large Holiday Inn Mansfield, later Holiday Inn & Suites, opened on Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield, on August 5, 1984.  A $7 million investment resulted in 160 rooms and the new Leland Ballroom, named after the short-lived hotel.

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A Two Day Series: A Renovated Historic Space Welcomes A Relocated Retailer

12 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Yesterday and today we’re featuring a marriage of sorts between a unique and historic building and an exciting and vibrant new tenant to call it home.

Yesterday we shared a post from 2017 about efforts to bring a downtown building back to life. Today we’re looking at a business which is relocating into that very space.

Downtown Mansfield’s newest retailer claiming their own unique space along the street is Bloom Boutique.

Currently located in the Roots Salon, Bloom Boutique is opening later this month in their own space at 48 Park Avenue West in the historic Finley Block.

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History & Tourism

Two Day Series: Renovated Building Welcomes Relocated Retailer

11 Jan , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Today and tomorrow we’re featuring a marriage of sorts between a unique and historic building and an exciting and vibrant new tenant to call it home.

We start today by reposting a Landmarks of Mansfield post we made three years ago about efforts to bring a downtown building back to life. Tomorrow we’ll be looking at a business which is relocating into that very space.

Landmarks Of Mansfield: The Finley Block

First posted in August 2017

The three story brick building currently being renovated in downtown Mansfield bears the name of its original owner and builder.

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History & Tourism

Meet Me On Main Street

29 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

By Alexia Kemerling, Destination Mansfield – Richland County

Historic buildings, streets lined with locally owned shops and restaurants, vibrant community events — these are just a few features of downtown Mansfield. The city center even has its own soundtrack thanks to Richland Carrousel Park’s joyful organ music. Meet us on Main Street for a day filled with art, culture, good food and fun.

Fuel your morning with a latte from Relax, It’s Just Coffee and a pastry from Blackbird Bakery. Neighboring 3rd Cup Tea offers lighter caffeinated beverages and gourmet toast. Try one of Buckeye Bakery’s famous cream sticks for a sweet start.

Young children will love visiting Little Buckeye Children’s Museum — which will soon offer even more activities with a 2022 expansion into the Imagination District.

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All About Richland

Second Secret City Tour Date Set

16 Aug , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

For the first time ever Downtown Mansfield, Inc. (DMI) will hold a second Secret City Tour in one year.

DMI’s Fall 2021 Secret City Tour will be Saturday, September 18 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 Fall 2021 Secret City Tour will include:

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