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Going green for March’s First Friday

Ryan Berry, executive director of Main Street Greenville, is ready for the Show Us Your Green First Friday

GREENVILLE – Main Street Greenville and the downtown merchants are putting together an incredible First Friday for March. In past years, March has been reserved for the Culinary Tour. However, due to restrictions in place due to COVID, that event has been postponed and an entirely new event has been planned for Friday, March 5.

With March known for St. Patrick’s Day and the beginning of spring, we are inviting everyone to the Show Us Your Green First Friday. It is time to brighten up downtown Greenville and you could win over $400 in gift cards.

There has been a huge push to shop local over the past year and in Main Street Greenville’s opinion, there is no other way to shop. Historic Downtown Greenville is filled with locally owned and operated businesses with everything from art to home décor and antiques and clothing boutiques to restaurants and coffee shops. There is something for everyone and the Show Us Your Green First Friday will be a great chance to explore it all. Let St. Patrick’s Day come early and wear your green on this special day. The businesses will be decorating their store windows and will keep the green theme throughout the month.

Stop in at the Welcome Center or one of our participating businesses and pick up a Bingo card. We are asking participants to fill as much of their card as they possibly can by stopping in the stores and purchasing something to get a sticker. Your purchase could be a $1 or could be $100. Ryan Berry, executive director of Main Street Greenville, said, “We just want you to help our businesses that have struggled over the past year. Not only could you possibly discover a new favorite downtown business, but you could also win what will seem like a ton of gift cards.”

The card with the most stickers will be the winner of the gift cards. A random drawing will be held if there are multiple cards with the same number of stamps.

Breaking from tradition, the Show Us Your Green First Friday will be an all-day affair. You won’t be limited to shopping from 6-9 p.m. The event will be held from the time the businesses open to the time they close. Most will have extended hours until 9 p.m.

Your completed cards can be dropped off at the Welcome Center, 421 S. Broadway, Greenville, until 9 p.m. If you can’t make it to the Welcome Center by 9 p.m., please feel free to drop off your completed card in the mailbox outside the door of the Welcome Center. Entries must be received by 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 8 when a winner will be named.

Downtown business participating in this event include BMF, Sadie Grace, Roots, Bread of Life, Blue Lantern Tea House, Youniques, Rustic Salvage, Me & PJ, Merchant House, Hallmark, Coffee Pot, Tangles, Happily Ever Co., Barb Rethlake Dance Studio, JC Mining, Touch of Glass, Merle Norman, Refined, Gracious Mineral Co., A&B Coffee, Darke County Makers Co-op, Sweet Annie’s Cabin, Moc Shoppe, Granny’s Corner, Montage, Beanz Buttercream Bakery, The Natural Path, Blue Bow, Greenville Pawn and the Welcome Center.

In addition, the Show Us Your Green First Friday will also feature several Pop-Up Shops. More information will be released soon on where you can find those shops on Broadway.

Plus, for the first time in a long time, Montage Café will be offering live music with Jerry Mullins from 7-10 p.m.

Main Street Greenville is a non-profit organization committed to stimulating and supporting revitalization efforts, historic preservation and economic growth in Historic Downtown Greenville. To learn more about the organization, visit or call 937-548-4998. You can also like the organization on Facebook to receive updates on a regular basis (

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