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People enjoy a day in downtown Kent on October 5, 2023.

Elf Hunt brings holiday twist to local business support

Chloe Wilson-Henline, Reporter December 4, 2023

People will have a chance to win as much as a $500 gift card to businesses in downtown Kent starting Dec. 1 if they participate in Main Street Kent’s Elf Hunt. A Main Street Kent elf is placed in...

Photo Courtesy of Robert Burford.

Kent Blues Fest is back in town

Sam Wright Reporter July 17, 2021

The Kent Blues Fest will be taking place on Saturday, July 17. The free live music will be located at 23 indoor and outdoor venues all over Kent. The 2020 Blues Festival was canceled because of the COVID-19...

Carnaby Street Style announced their closing on Instagram.

Changes to Downtown Kent 2020-2021

Chloe Zofchak Reporter April 28, 2021

Kent is known for being the college town with a tight-knit community of students, families, businesses and more. People come from near and far towns to enjoy the scenery and frequent social events Kent...

Acorn Alley also joined in the festivities. 

Downtown Kent goes Red for National Heart Month

Brynne Mann Reporter February 14, 2021

Downtown Kent has hearts lining the streets and filling window fronts for National Heart Month. Main Street Kent was inspired by the American Heart Association’s National Heart Month to create an event...

The Kent State Hotel and Conference Center decorated for Main Street Kent’s Chocolate Walk. 

Main Street Kent’s Chocolate Walk brings the community to Downtown Kent

Chloe Zofchak Reporter February 13, 2021

Despite the cold temperatures, people found their way to Downtown Kent in search of shopping, food and most importantly chocolate. Main Street Kent’s Chocolate Walk, sponsored by Squirrel City Jewelers,...

A DORA recycling bin outside Fresco Mexican Grill & Salsa Bar in downtown Kent. 

Kent DORA suspended due to elevated COVID-19 risk level in Portage County

Nathan Mehring Reporter October 30, 2020

Kent’s DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) has been suspended due to Portage County’s COVID-19 risk level rising to “red” (Level Three). The 33.25-acre area is “where alcoholic beverages...

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Downtown Kent to hold Story Walk through Halloween for local families

Mason Lawlor Reporter October 15, 2020

A children’s book becomes interactive as Main Street Kent kicks off its second annual “Story Walk” today and continues through Oct. 31.  Cleveland-born author Dav Pilkey’s new book, “The Hallo-Wiener,”...

Main Street Kent to hold 11th Annual Art and Wine Festival

Kaylee Peterson May 25, 2017

Music, art, food and wine will fill Downtown Kent Sat., June 3 as Main Street Kent’s 11th annual Art and Wine Festival is set to take place from noon–10 p.m.Heather Malarcik, Main Street Kent executive...

Putt-putting around downtown Kent

Nathaniel Harvey October 5, 2016

Main Street Kent will be hosting its second annual Putt Around Downtown Kent event next Saturday, Oct. 15, with local businesses using their locations as putt-putt holes.Putt Around Downtown Kent is an...

Main Street Kent, local eateries to present ‘Seven Courses of Kent’ dinner party

Taylor Meade April 8, 2015

Main Street Kent will present “Seven Courses of Kent” at Laziza beginning at 6 p.m. on April 26.Courses will be served from Laziza, Taco Tontos, Pufferbelly, 157 Lounge, Bricco, Taproot Catering and...

Main Street Kent receives national accreditation

Sky Fought March 4, 2015

Main Street Kent has been reaccredited, receiving their 2014 certification, by Heritage Ohio. Kent has been recognized as being proficient in the ten criteria, which are set by the National Main Street...

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