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Here, you can learn how local businesses and communities across America have achieved success and led innovative initiatives to sustain our Main Streets for years to come.  And we will meet some amazing people along the way.  Main Streets exist because they were built by people and they will only succeed if people are inspired to offer their time and talents to create places that they are proud to call home.

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How This Small Town Store Embraces Art and Culture Through Online Marketing

Tim and Cindy Tyler travel the backroads of Mississippi to curate the best handmade foods, art and home decor that their home state has to offer. The result is The Mississippi Gift Company, their labor of love and pride. The couple got the idea for the shop in 1993, when…

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Pie Junkie Uses Google to Bring Customers in for a Slice

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For Oklahoma moms Darcy Schein and Leslie Coale-Mossman, business began with one homemade pie at a time. “Leslie and I started out just spending time cooking for our kids,” Darcy says. “We quickly figured out that we had a lot of friends who wanted help in the kitchen. So in…

Main Street Refresh Project

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Jeff and Kristi interview the experts to give you the secrets to successful Main Streets, and a preview of the new Main Street Refresh Project.

Sister Pie Talks Success in Detroit on Main Street Nation Radio

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On this edition of Main Street Nation Radio, join your host Jeff Sloan and co-host Kristi Trevarrow, executive director at Rochester DDA, as they interview Lisa Ludwinski, founder of Sister Pie, to hear how the bakeshop has achieved enormous success in downtown Detroit. Sister Pie is a bakery serving the Detroit area with seasonally…

El Dorado, AR: The New A&E Capital of the South?

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El Dorado, with a long A (like tornado), is not only unique in how you say it, it’s unique in what they are doing.  Jeff Sloan and Kristi Trevarrow go deep into how El Dorado, Arkansas has overcome many of the obstacles that many Main Streets face. Economic downturn, population…
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