Counting Down to the Holidays!

Happy Holidays

Hanukah is here and Christmas is only 8 days away. Special gifts are everywhere if you shop downtown. Local business generates 70% more local economic activity than big box retail and returns 3.5 times the wealth to their community – plus, we’ve got really nifty stuff you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

12/17 Wednesday – Stop by Granada Gourmet to purchase this year’s 2014 Lighthouse Ornament, lovingly and locally crafted by people with disabilities at WORC, Inc. Post a picture of your 2014 ornament on your tree on the WORC Facebook page and you will be entered to win a gift basket from Granada Gourmet. One photo equals one submission to the drawing and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, December 22 at noon! If you have any questions, please contact WORC, Inc. at 386-523-1395 or via email at info@worcinc.org

12/18 Thursday – Cruise this morning’s Farmers Market for food and craft items that make unique gifts and bountiful holiday meals. This evening stop by The Casements from 6-8 for a free holiday concert, desserts and beverages, and a visit from Santa!

12/19 Friday – Get your special someone a beautiful piece of jewelry right here in Ormond Beach. Did you know our downtown has three amazing jewelers – Granada Jewelers, Pearls International and the Pocket Jeweler?  On your way out tonight stop by Frappes North and drop off canned goods, baby food and toiletries for the Second Harvest Food Bank‘s Food and Fund Drive.

12/20 Saturday – Sign up for “Breakfast with Santa” (8:00, 8:45, 9:30, & 10:15 a.m. seatings). Tickets for everyone two and older are only $5. Call The Casements at (386) 676-3216 for more information.

12/21 Sunday – Festival of Carols this morning at Grace Lutheran Church, 10 a.m. Ormond Beach’s other downtown churches – Salty Church, St. James Episcopal Church, Unitarian-Universalist Church and the Emanuel Church of the Living God – also have special plans for this last Sunday in Advent.

12/22 Monday – Holiday glamour (and gift certificates) are available at any of our salons and spas. Did you know we have 15 right here in downtown? Everything from a quick nail touch-up or blow-dry to a full day of pampering is available.

12/23 Tuesday – Set a fabulous holiday table with baked goods from La Gourmandise French Bakery, Theia’s Greek Pastries or Cakery Creation. Bring along cheese and wine from Bon! Gourmet.

12/24 Wednesday – Make a reservation for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner at one of our wonderful restaurants – we have 17 to choose from. Check them out in our Directory Pages from the pull down menu above.

12/25 ThursdayMerry Christmas and Happy New Year from Ormond Beach MainStreet!

Welcome to Ormond Mainstreet!

In 1994, four Ormond residents met with the idea of doing something to revitalize a downtown that had been diminished by time and sprawl. A business owner, a school teacher, a retiree and a city planner, they envisioned a hometown to be proud of and saw the potential for business prosperity, architectural renewal and a refurbished infrastructure of parks, streets and cultural enhancements in the City’s core.

Now – 20 years later – the downtown area is still vital to the health and prosperity of our city. Through it’s actions, Ormond Beach MainStreet has helped to create our four riverfront parks, overseen the redevelopment of Granada Boulevard, granted renovation dollars to more than 30 district businesses, encouraged the creation of off-street parking, created an Arts District and so much more.

As one of more than 2,000 MainStreets organizations nationwide, our volunteers create events, work with the City government to foster economic development, examine district renovation grants and help to brand and market our downtown as a place where citizens and local businesses both thrive in a better, stronger and more vibrant Ormond Beach.