Life in Delaware County

It’s Official: Delaware Has Heart

1 Feb , 2021  

By 1808Delaware

There’s a very positive message which will be in evidence this coming Friday in downtown Delaware: Delaware Has Heart.

.That’s the theme of February’s First Friday event hosted by Main Street Delaware, when you are asked to show, wear, and share the love.

You can show the love by supporting downtown businesses. More…


Life in Delaware County

Multiple Events Highlight Home For The Holidays

29 Nov , 2020  

The sights and sounds of Christmas will again inhabit the streets of downtown Delaware this year, as Home For the Holidays arrives hosted by Main Street Delaware.

Included this year are:

Kickoff the Holidays — Friday, December 4

Come downtown to shop, dine, and enjoy the unveiling of some amazing window displays by our downtown businesses.

Dash for Dasher Scavenger Hunt! — December 4 – 24


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Stay Safe, Stay Open

11 Nov , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Each night, a downtown Delaware restaurant is “fogged” as part of efforts to keep the premises virus free.

Another is using hospital grade chemicals to regularly clean the interior for customers.

Yet another has installed barriers on the bar so that bartenders have space between them and guests.

Through these methods and others, small business owners in downtown Delaware are making customer health a priority. That’s the message in a new video released by the City of Delaware entitled “Stay Safe, Stay Open.” More…

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Life in Delaware County

Downtown Celebrates Pets

4 Nov , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

Animal lovers, unite! Downtown Delaware is going to be a great place to visit on Friday evening as November’s Main Street Delaware First Friday showcases our furry friends with a “Pet Walk.”

With your $12 registration, pets will receive a map of pet friendly locations at which they will receive a treat for their treat bag. To participate in the pet walk, register your pet via our web form or on First Friday at the Delaware Welcome Center (20 E William Street).

As they check-in, registered pets will be photographed for posting in a Main Street Delaware Facebook album. The pet receiving the most “likes” will be gifted a basket from our sponsors at The Pet Bowl. More…


History/Tourism, Life in Delaware County

Hidden Spaces Tell Their Stories in Downtown Delaware

5 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

The streets of downtown Delaware were quite busy on Friday evening, as sidewalk diners and shoppers were joined by a number of people wearing conspicuous bright green wrist bands.

You could identify these people not only by the flash of green, but because they were walking up and down Sandusky and side streets and then quickly disappearing into rarely used doorways between commercial storefronts.

Friday was the Hidden Spaces Tour hosted by Main Street Delaware,which showcased rarely seen upper floors — some in nearly original condition, and others which have already been transformed and updated for modern use. More…

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Life in Delaware County

A Big Week For Main Street

2 Sep , 2020  

By 1808Delaware

The folks at Main Street Delaware are having a couple of busy, busy days right in a row this week.

First, the organization is showcasing the “upstairs” of several of these buildings in its Hidden Spaces Tour. The first such event was held by Downtown Delaware, Inc and the Delaware Area Chamber of Commerce. back in the fall of 1998. More…

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

27 Aug , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware, 1812Blockhouse

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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The Day That Main Street Came To Delaware: Part One

26 Jun , 2020  

By: Owner/Publisher Thomas Palmer, 1808Delaware

Fans of downtown Delaware are well aware of the organization known as Main Street Delaware.

That organization’s first baby step took place with a phone call. I know this, as I am the person who made that call over two decades ago.

Locally, Main Street Delaware spearheads the revitalization of Delaware’s central business district using a model which has been successfully used across the country for 40 years. More…

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Business, Life in Delaware County

Downtown Delaware Shines After A Difficult Week

24 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

After a week that saw many businesses impacted by flooding, downtown Delaware was the scene of a good deal of activity on a brilliant and sunny Saturday afternoon.

Our post earlier this week shared information about efforts to assist in the cleanup and in a funding drive for downtown businesses. It can be read here. More…


Business, Delaware

Downtown Delaware Businesses Urgently Need Your Support

21 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

There’s a clear message right now going out to all in the Delaware community:

Downtown Delaware needs you.

The merchants, professional businesses, restaurants and bars, and other Downtown Delaware operations, already hit by the COVID-19 restrictions that saw many shutter their doors for weeks, are now facing the aftermath of flooding that has caused property damage and loss.

Main Street Delaware is spearheading a response to this double-whammy in two ways. More…

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Business, Delaware

Council Supports Giving DORA Expansion “A Shot”

12 May , 2020  

By: 1808Delaware Staff

During its regular meeting on Monday night, held via the internet and broadcast on the City’s Facebook page, Delaware City Council took a step to support downtown’s eating and drinking establishments.

City Manager Tom Homan introduced the idea of an expansion of the City’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area, or “DORA,” by moving it from a special event base, single occurrence set-up to something which would be available each day throughout the week.

The City’s DORA authorizes licensed liquor establishments in the designated area to sell beer and wine during events that can be carried out of their establishments in specially marked cups. Guests must stay within the designated DORA boundaries, which encompass almost six square blocks of downtown. More…

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When Delaware County Welcomed: Frederick Douglass

10 May , 2020  

Originally shared in 2018, this article has been updated with additional information.

By: 1808Delaware Staff

Throughout its 210 year history, this part of Ohio has been visited by several individuals with significant places in history. Today, we look at one man who visited Delaware County no fewer than three times over a 27 year period. More…

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