Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 8, 2013

Main Street settled in, ready for 2013

Ezra Mann
Pauls Valley Democrat — To say 2012 was a year full of excitement and change for Main Street Pauls Valley would be putting it mildly.

Along with the usual rush of community participation like providing assistance or improvements for local downtown businesses, were major shifts like losing city funding and finding a more permanent location, according to MSPV Director Samantha Robb.

However, despite the chaos of a move or coordinating a major fall event at the same time, it has been a welcomed step in the right direction and the perfect place to kick off efforts in 2013.

“When we moved over it was such chaos, trying to get it all over here, we were trying to get moved in before the month turned when we had to pay rent again… We were trying to get in before the Living Dead Festival,” said Robb, noting how the in-kind donation of the 220 W. Paul Avenue location has helped offset some expenses like rent, a water bill and a regular power bill.

“So it’s nice to be moved in, it was a long time coming. I’ve been with Main Street now five years and have been waiting about two and a half before this, so we’ve been kind of wandering around relying on the kindness of strangers to provide us a little office space or renting.”

When one walks into the office they can admire the transformation of that particular part of the building from the way it blends into the older downtown style, said Robb. It provides a good view and an easily accessible location, even making use of leftover paint from a project that repainted the front of Jingle & Jangle in 2011.

“It’s a nice cozy office,” said Robb. “We love the look of it.”

The major goals this year will be primarily to overcome the decrease in funding through community contributions and find volunteers who want to take a step to the next level and become one of three openings for main street board members, said Robb.

There’s quite a bit of funding to be made up, which may determine how much they can accomplish depending on generosity.

One area she has seen some success from in the past year was an event where no one had to show up, but still could donate called the Phantom Fundraiser.

There will also be a push to improve on events like the Living Dead Center Festival, which was hurt in part when people could not reach Main Street by phone during their move, said Robb.

What has her confident about improving that is that the people who did participate were thrilled and pleased with all the activities and will help in the word of mouth department.

The festival should add some possibilities for awards on the state level at one point and could be another moment of pride after receiving recognition for their Keep Oklahoma Beautiful efforts, said Robb. That will be coming up again this spring and volunteers will once again be appreciated to improve on getting a special award for activities like the PV Arts Council co-project Trash In Fashion Show.

Right now there’s not much going on other than getting taxes ready for the next go round, but things will start picking up before too long when community appreciation is shown in February for their Sweet on Main Street Banquet, said Robb.

Help improving the community or donations can still be made in the meantime by calling or dropping by the office.

“That’s going to be a major focus in this new year, funding,” said Robb, also pleased to already see people asking about booths for Brickfest in May.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to make this the best year possible.”

Main Street Pauls Valley can be reached at 405-238-2555, and also has a Facebook page.