INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 19, 2019) – Today, Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development announced that nine Main Street organizations will be a part of a new program focused on retaining existing businesses and expanding new business and entrepreneurial opportunities.
“Collaboration between local, state and federal partners allows for these communities to create a stronger environment in their core commercial centers,” Crouch said. “Rural Indiana is the next great economic frontier, and we will continue to do what we can to support them and help them thrive.”
The Office of Community and Rural Affairs was awarded a $100,000 grant from the USDA Rural Development to create the IMPACT Main Street program.
“OCRA is a great partner and when it comes to their connections to the needs of rural communities around local community economic development, they are the go-to agency in Indiana for help with funding and technical assistance,” said Michael Dora, Indiana USDA State Director. “Therefore, it was only natural that USDA and OCRA expand on their partnership. We are a proud to leverage our assets and extend to OCRA a grant to be used to promote rural prosperity.”
The nine Main Street organizations selected for this pilot are in the following communities: Seymour, Fairmount, Tell City, Tipton, Rockville, Sullivan, Dillsboro, Elwood and LaPorte, and they will be working with Ball State University’s Indiana Communities Institute to design and implement business investment strategies for their downtowns.
“This type of innovative programming directly impacts local business development and spurs further private investment," said Jodi Golden, OCRA Executive Director. “IMPACT Main Street will help us continue our mission to catalyze economic growth in our rural communities.”
Once the pilot is complete, OCRA intends to extend the program to other Main Street organizations.
(Pictured Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Becky Schepman from Seymour Main Street)
The Jingle all the 5k will be December 15th in downtown Seymour, the run will start and stop in the downtown and each participant will get set of jingle bells for their shoes, and then at the end of the run, they will receive a Jingle all the 5k sock hat with logo, and a lanyard with a Downtown Discount card. We will also have Santa and his elves there to greet you at the finish line.
This is a family fun event, so sign up today!
Seymour Main Street entered the #bringthelgtomydowntown contest and won!
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) celebrated Indiana downtowns during the inaugural Downtown Development Week from October 8 - 12.Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch came to visit downtown Seymour on Friday for the final day of downtown development week. She visited our downtown business owners and was able to see our 26 scarecrows that have been decorated by our downtown business owners. It was truly an honor and a pleasure to have her for this visit and a great grand finale for downtown development week!
Join us for a showing of Monsters Inc. to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit.
Free Flick Friday is brought to you by Schuler Bauer. The show will be held on Friday the 19th at 7:30pm at the Crossroads Community Park.
Make a cardboard car for your kiddos to watch the movie in and we will have a few prizes for the winners of the best car!
So here is the plan……
1.) Head downtown and stroll though the adorable 26 scarecrows,
2.) Grab dinner at one of our tasty downtown restaurants
3.) Hit the free movie with the family.. #perfectnight
Seymour Main Street is submitting an application next month for a revitalization grant of One Chamber Square. If we receive the grant we will receive notice of the funds on January 17th of 2019.
Your feedback is needed today to assist the City of Seymour and Seymour Main Street in demonstrating to the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the need and community support for the community project below.
The 11 question survey will evaluate the residential impact of streetscape improvements in the area of One Chamber Square and St. Louis Avenue continuing into Jeffersonville Avenue. The plan includes the creation of an accessible, interactive gathering area in Downtown Seymour to the north of Highway 50.
Be sure to share this project and survey with your friends!
Project Survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Seymour_Streetscape
If you have additional questions please contact Seymour Main Street.
This 2018 Dancing with the Seymour Stars Event winners were:
- First Place - Bri Roll and Alex Cazares
- Second Place - Katrina Hardwick and Shawn Charlton
- Third Place - Ashley and Dr. Andrew Dec
Other dancers this year included Kelley Gillaspy and Matt Nieman, Alexa Ulrey and Brandon Joray, Theresa and Rob Schwartz, Ana De Gante and Frankie Galicia and Sarah Arnold and Shintaro Takeuchi.
Thanks to everyone that participated and/or made a donation to support this wonderful event.
*Photos Courtesy of The Seymour Tribune
We are celebrating our 6th Year! This years’ Dancers for Dancing with the Seymour Stars are:
- Ana DeGante and Frankie Galicia
- Alexa Ulrey and Brandon Joray
- Ashley Dec and Dr. Andrew
- Bri Roll and Alex Cazares
- Katrina Hardwick and Shawn Charlton
- Kelley Gillaspy and Matt Nieman
- Sarah Arnold and Shintaro Takeuchi
- Theresa and Rob Schwartz
Each couple will perform a dance routine and the audience will cast votes for their favorite dancers with their checkbooks, credit cards or cash. The pair who attracts the highest amount will be declared the winner. A runner up couple will also be determined. This year we are pleased to announce you will also to vote for your favorite couple at www.seymourmainstreet.org.
There will be two performances on Saturday September 22nd. The matinee will begin at 2pm and the doors will open at 1pm. This be a family friendly event with soft drinks, wine and snacks. Tickets for the matinee are $20 in advance and $25.00 at the door.
Doors open for the evening performance at 6:00pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. The evening performance is sold out.
Tickets purchased online will be held at Will Call.
Place a Vote for Your Favorite
Ana DeGante and Frankie Galicia
This Fitness Court will feature all kinds of different body weight training stations that are appropriate for ALL fitness levels and age groups!
Another exciting feature of this court is there is a Fitness Court App. If you download the Fitness Court App. to your mobile device you will have access to free ready made workouts, information about how to do the different exercises, and music to go along with all of the workout!
All of this is free and open to the community! Download the App and get familiar with the format and be ready for opening day of the new Fitness Court in the Crossroads Community Park!
Starting this weekend Koverner’s Korner Ice Cream will be available at Bullwinkle's Family Restaurant downtown Seymour.
Bullwinkle's already carries a wide variety of options including pizza, taco salad, wraps, and homemade lattice chips and now they will be collaborating with one of our local favorite ice cream shops to bring you a yummy desert after your lunch or dinner.
Stop in Bullwinkle's located at 107 N. Chestnut Street and eat in or carry out daily. Business hours are 11:00am till 8:00pm Monday through Saturday or visit www.bullwinklesfamilyrestaurant.com for more information.
Don’t let this rainy day get you down, head downtown to do some shopping at the brand new Shoppe 425 open now in eXist Salon & Spa. Shoppe 425 carries everything from work and casual wear to active wear is sizes XS-3X.
"We are still shopping around ourselves to be able to offer you something new and different each time you stop in to shop. We are working hard to find styles and sizes that accommodate everyone. Didn’t see something you liked today? We hope you will continue to come back and find that something that is right for you!" - Shoppe 425
Happy Shopping in Downtown Seymour!
Crossroads Community Park is located on Tipton across from the grain silos and this Thursday will be our very first event in the brand new venue!
The Pines and Chillicen will be set up with snacks and food for purchase at 6:00 pm and then Jake Dodds will take the stage at 6:30 for this free concert! Just bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on and your dancing shoes!
Jake is a native Hoosier and does hundreds of shows all over the United States every year. He is a country artist who plays great covers from all era’s and also original songs he has written. Jake is sure to be a new favorite on your playlist!
Check out the new awning and Façade at Dragonfly Boutique. Dragonfly is located at 106 S. Chestnut Street in downtown Seymour. Seymour Main Street is thrilled to be part of this renovation.
If you're a downtown business and would like more information about the programs we offer click here for more information on our business assistance programs.
About Dragonfly Boutique
Dragonfly Boutique offers top quality, fashion forward items at affordable prices. Dragonfly Boutique carries on trend accessories and clothing in sizes small through 3XL. For more information please click on the link below to visit their website.
Check out the new signs downtown!
They are in the window of 112 Chestnut street and are a life size map of the downtown and a calendar of upcoming events in the downtown! You will always know what’s up downtown!
A huge thank you to Eagle Point Technology for giving us their window space to show off our great downtown!
Start your evening of fun with a special catered dinner at 6:00pm by The Pines on Thursday June 21st. The Pines food truck will be serving food from a location on 2nd Street.
A special concert night dinner menu includes:
- Deep fried breaded tenderloin
- Chicken tenders
- Homemade BBQ Chips
- 5 Star Baked Beans
- Slaw and their infamous Nacho Beach that made its appearance last year. It’s the brisket nachos with white queso, black beans, corn, BBQ sauce
- Margaritas and frozen blueberry lemonade in a Cocktail trailer.
Chillicen will also be serving snow cones!!
Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis take the stage at 6:30pm
This high energy band can play anything from Led Zepplin to Taylor Swift and they will have you out of your seat and dancing along all night long.
The concert will be on 2nd Street in downtown Seymour and will be in front of the K of C and don’t forget it is FREE!!!
Did you know that there are more than 11 historic sites all within walking distance downtown Seymour? Pick up this brochure at our downtown stores or at the Jackson County Visitor Center and check them out!
You will get your steps in for the day and learn more about your hometown! A huge thank you to Susan Zabor, Shannon O’Neal and Adam Disque, and Leadership Jackson County for all of their hard work on this project!
Check out the new crosswalks in downtown Seymour on Walnut Street. The crosswalks connect the Farmers’ Market and the Library to the downtown and are the notes to John Mellencamp’s song “ I was born in a small town”.
We are excited about other music themed crosswalks to come in the downtown and owe a huge thank you to the Seymour Department of Public Works and Dave Neukam for helping out with this project! The crosswalks are not only fun but because they are high visibility they are safer for pedestrians. So head downtown today and check out our latest addition! #walkseymour
We are thrilled to say that Seymour High School’s Junior Main Street Program will be set up in the Chocolate Spoon storefront for all 4 of our Downtown Shop Around dates!
This Saturday (May 19th) they will be set up from 9:00am till 3:00pm and be selling, jewelry, 3-D art, and the Agriculture department will have vegetable plants, herbs, and flowers for sale. The Chocolate Spoon Cafe is located at 104 S Chestnut St in Downtown Seymour.
Be sure to stop in and get your card punched and tell the students hello!
108 West 2nd had the final bricks laid yesterday restoring the store front!
Exciting news as we continue building momentum in downtown.
108 and 110 2nd Street are both owned by Seymour Main Street and are for sale!
Contact Becky at 812-271-1340 for more information!
Day of Caring was a huge success in Downtown Seymour today, we now have 54 newly painted trash cans and beautiful flowers planted in our pots through out the downtown.
We could not have done it without volunteers from Cummins Engine plant who painted all of them, The Seymour Parks and Recreation Department who moved all the cans from the downtown, and the Seymour Fire Department for letting us use their space.
These newly refurbished cans will match the new benches that we are in the process of re-doing downtown. We are thrilled about another improvement to our historic downtown and grateful for our volunteers and help from city employees!
Purchase your Downtown Discount Card and save on purchases at your favorite downtown businesses.
Discount Cards can also be purchased at the following locations:
Bikes 2 Boards
Rails Craft Brew and Eatery
AES-Automotive Equipment Specialist
Bite The Bullet
Threads fashion boutique
Dr. Nate optometrist
Rusty Bladen will be in concert downtown Seymour this Thursday night at 7pm at Reno’s cigar and martini bar located at 121 North Chestnut street on the 3rd floor. Cover is 5 dollars at the door and you will not be disappointed with this upbeat, fun singer songwriter!!! Reno’s offers a full line of specialty cocktails and has a walk in humidor for cigar lovers.
Head downtown this Thursday (April 19th) and see what’s up downtown Seymour!
The hunt was a great success, we had one and half hours to complete around 20 tasks, including running the bases at Gaiser park, a human pyramid, leap frog and finding a fire truck! There were close to 50 people and 10 teams that competed and we had prizes like Crossfit lite passes, Snap Fitness Gift cards, Massages from Health center spine and wellness, Chillicen, Orange Leaf, Remax/Steve Silver coozie cups, 4-H/Healthy Jackson County Water bottles and more!
Thank you for your interest in our 2nd Annual "Happy Glamper Show"
Sorry, T-Shirts have sold out for this event.
Crossroads Acoustic Fest is coming in to Downtown Seymour on April 27 and 28th.
We will have 2 full nights of music with world class musicians in indoor listening rooms downtown Seymour Indiana.
Tickets are available at www.crossroadsacousticfest.com for $30.00 dollars for a limited time only.
Artists scheduled to perform are Will Kimbrough and Tommy Womak appearing as “Daddy” , Gabriel Kelly, Levi Parham, Stephanie Lambring, Don Pedigo, Tim Grimm, Danny Flanigan, Alan Rhody, Brooke Annibale, Count This Penny, Justin Paul Lewis, Corey Brumback and more to come. All the performances will be indoors and tickets will not be available at the door.
Get your tickets today to reserve your spot for this limited seating event.
Formerly located in the Exist Salon, Dragonfly Boutique is expanding into a larger downtown space.
Dragonfly will be moving into the old Welmer’s Jewelry building located at 106 S. Chestnut St.
Join them for their grand opening this Saturday March 10th from 10:00am - 3:00pm and check out all of their trendy new spring arrivals!
About Dragonfly Boutique
Dragonfly Boutique offers top quality, fashion forward items, at affordable prices! They carry on trend accessories and clothing in sizes small through 3XL. Very limited amounts of each item will be available so you will not see your neighbor wearing your outfit!
In an effort to promote walking and healthy habits, Seymour Main Street has joined Healthy Jackson County in installing new “walk your city signs”. The 8 signs point to different destinations within the downtown and encourage people to walk to them instead of driving.
“Half of all trips taken in the US are less than three miles, there’s plenty of opportunity for folks to walk or bike (rather than drive) to reach useful destinations nearby. The perception of distance was often greater than the physical distance itself. Clear, simple signage, reminding our neighbors that “it’s not too far” to places they visit every day, is one way to break down that misperception and get more feet on the street.” - Walkyourcity.org
The first set of 4 signs are being installed today at:
- Corner of 2nd and Chestnut
- Robertson Mill lot
- Corner of Tipton and Chestnut
- Corner of Indianapolis ave. and 2nd Street
We are planning on doing an additional 4 signs later this Spring but want to see how these work before installing the additional signs.
We want to encourage people to walk and then post a picture on social media using the hashtag #walkseymour. It will be a great way to encourage others and see if the signs are making a difference in pedestrians daily behavior.
Copper Rooster and Picket Fence have joined and are now Urban Farmhouse. Urban Farmhouse is located at 212 W. 2nd street in Historic downtown Seymour. Stop by and check out their farmhouse décor, antiques, and salvage room where you can get everything you need for your Pinterest projects (windows, knobs, doors, etc)!
Stay tuned for information on wood sign classes coming up this spring at the Urban Farmhouse and be sure to Follow them on Facebook for hours and information.
Seymour Main Street is now sending text alerts, you can hear about sales, events, and new businesses downtown ALL on your phone and never miss a thing!
Just text 81010 and type in @seymainst. You will receive a notification informing you that you are signed up and then you will start receiving the alerts with all the latest news. It’s that easy!
Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube too!
Antiques, Restaurants, and City parks will all be more visible to visitors thanks to the new Wayfinding signs that were installed by the Seymour Department of Public Works.
The signs were a part of the grant that Seymour Main Street received from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Grants totaling nearly $10,000 included an OCRA grant was for $5,659.00, Schneck Medical grant for $2,000.00, and the Community Foundation grant was $750.00 was used for benches, bike racks and wayfarer signs.
The 6 Wayfinding signs were completed today and are located at highway 50 and Bush Street, Highway 50 and Kasting, Highway 50 and Chestnut (near Larrison’s diner), Highway 50 and Chestnut (near JCB), and Highway 50 and Community Drive.
Three groups of Ball State University students with the Urban landscape and Architecture Program presented their ideas and concepts for One Chamber Square and the surrounding areas Monday night at the Jackson County Visitor Center. They visited Seymour months earlier and spent 3 days, visiting downtown business owners, walking the streets and alleys, and talking to local officials and stakeholders.
The concepts involved everything from activated alley ways, outdoor seating areas, walking/biking trails around the downtown, interactive art, and more! The drawings will be on display at the Jackson County Visitor Center till the end of the month and will be on display on the Seymour Main Street website later this week.
Please feel free to view the drawings/concepts and give feedback as the Main Street board and director will be working to move forward and possibly apply for a grant in 2018 and would like your feedback on the ideas that were presented.
Indianapolis – The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) announced that the Historic Renovation Grant Program (HRGP), which is designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties to further incentivize downtown economic development, is open to all communities as of December 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until all funding has been awarded.
“It is vital we preserve Indiana’s historical properties throughout the state, and I am excited that local communities have the opportunity to revitalize their downtowns, while maintaining the beauty of our state” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “As the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, my office oversees OCRA and I am looking forward to seeing the inspiring outcomes these grants will help achieve.”
“We are pleased to announce that the Historic Renovation Grant Program will now become a rolling application process,” said OCRA Executive Director Jodi Golden. “and any eligible historic commercial structure in Indiana is encouraged to apply.”
During the 2017 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly approved legislation allocating over $1 million in grant funding for the program, to be administered by OCRA. Applications for the HRGP, previously known as the Historic Tax Credit Program, will be reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Division of Historic Preservation and Archeology (DHPA) to ensure submissions meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.
Applicants with an eligible historic commercial structure have the opportunity to apply for project funding between $10,000 and $100,000 at a maximum request of 35% of the total eligible project cost. Eligible applicants include: individual, partnership, firm, association, joint venture, limited liability company, corporation or non-profit affordable housing organization.
Interested property owners, who meet established eligibility requirements, must submit an application and all supporting documentation to the OCRA office. More information can be found on the OCRA website.
All of these ladies shopped small on Shop Small Saturday and took a selfie and posted it with the #shopsmall selfie, they were entered to win and they did!!!!! It is a great feeling to shop small and help local business!
Sara Hodapp won a backpack from Threads boutique with over 350 dollars worth of downtown goodies from Dr. Nate, Greemann’s, Hoosier Hearth, Chillicen, Mi-Casa, Lea Boutique, Dragonfly Boutique, Artistic Impressions, Java Joint, Quirky Living, Claire Marie, Hearts Desire, Copper Rooster, Rails and Tekhead.
Ashley Smith is the winner of a 100 dollar gift card to the downtown store of her choice.
Stephanie Montana is the winner of a 50 dollar gift card to Rails and a downtown discount card.