Posted on: March 15, 2018

Bridge Street in Ashtabula Competing in America's Main Street Contest

On February 26, Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, kicked-off its third annual America’s Main Streets contest to help consumers, small business owners and Main Street organizations reward a deserving Main Street with $25,000 in cash and sponsor-related prizes. Bridge Street in Ashtabula is among this year’s nominees.

America’s Main Streets play an important role in the long-term success of communities and help build a sense of place reinforcing this year’s theme: “Local Memories. Lasting Impact.” 

“Our Independent We Stand America’s Main Streets contest shines a light on the pride business owners and communities take in their Main Streets,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “We know small businesses on these Main Streets help them thrive and have a measurable economic impact. This contest is a chance to share those stories with people from coast-to-coast.”

“We are excited to see Bridge Street compete in the America's Main Streets Contest for a second year in a row. We had a lot of fun competing last year and watching Bridge Street place in the top 5. The contest winner is based on total votes, and last year we entered the contest nearly 60 days after our competition. This year, Bridge Street was amongst the first to have their nomination accepted. We believe we have an even greater chance of winning because we were prepared and on time. The $25,000 grand prize will allow Bridge Street to complete several beautification projects currently in the works.” – Melinda McNutt, Board Member, Lift Bridge Community Association

Winning the $25,000 grand prize will allow Bridge Street to complete several main street beautification projects that are currently in the works, one of them being an “Ashtabula” sign similar to the “Hollywood” or “Cleveland” sign that will sit on the hillside of Point Park to welcome visitors.  Another beautification project is a large anchor that will serve as street décor and a welcome sign.    

In 2017, Bridge Street competed in the America’s Main Streets 2nd annual contest and with only 1.5 days left of quarterfinalist voting made it into the top 25. In the end, Bridge Street made it to the top 5, despite competing against 240+ other nominees. 

The first round of voting in the contest began as soon as Bridge Street was nominated and runs through April 22. All nominations and voting take place on

Important dates:

·        February 26 to April 22: “America’s Main Streets” nominations and quarterfinalist voting

·        April 30 to May 27: “America’s Main Streets” semifinalist voting

·        June 4: “America’s Main Streets” winner announced

·        July 4: “Main Streets Make Us Better” event; “America’s Main Streets” winner announces plans for $25,000 grand prize

Additional contest prizes include:

·        STIHL Equipment Certificate for $1,000 worth of STIHL equipment good at any STIHL dealer in the U.S.

·        Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree

·        PPG Paints $500 shopping spree

·        Public relations and social media recognition

·        Special plaque for winner to proudly display

 For more information on Bridge Street, visit: or contact Melinda McNutt, 440-855-9097.


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