For the past few months, our town has been having events labeled “Imagine Main.” The concept started from the once a year event of “Strollin’ on Main,” which took place on Main Street. In a decision to bring business back to the old area of the town, instead of the developed area near our mall, they have created this series of events.
In the past, Thursdays were the days when people would put on their best clothes and go out for a night on the town. They would eat, drink, and enjoy an activity like going to an art museum, watching a play, or listening to a music band. Bringing these arts back to Main Street has been a wonderful treat for couples and families. I even miss the “old times” from my childhood. Most Saturdays after going to the bank with my father, he would treat my brother and me to breakfast at one of the great family restaurants on Main Street. I always had a good time, great food, and wonderful service at all of the establishments in the area. Attending the “Imagine Main” events has brought back my love for the town that I grew up over the line from, but my son is growing up in the heart of it.
So many business come and go with the burden of high expenses. It is so sad that family-owned business make our economy, but struggle to stay afloat amongst the franchises. I dream of opening our own family business one day, but the fact of the matter is that it is too expensive to start up a business and keep it running. Even if we had the money to start one, most business lose money the first three years.
I really love how making the arts come alive has brought the town’s people together. They have had restaurant deals, live music, art displays, free chocolate, wine, whiskey, and beer tastings, giveaways, and much more. I look forward to the next event in September.