Main Street DeFuniak Springs announced today its designation as a 2021 Main Street America™ Accredited program. This is the local programs third year to receive the distinguished honor.
Main Street DeFuniak Springs is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by the National Main Street Center.
In 2020, Florida Main Street’s active programs reported positive net growth. The communities reported more than $55,159,098 public and $49,266,348 private investments. Additionally, the Main Street districts welcomed 191 net new businesses, 772 net new jobs and more than 49,110 volunteer hours.
Earning this distinct honor is something Main Street DeFuniak Springs Executive Director, Chelsea Blaich, believes is a city-wide achievement.
“Our success would not be possible without the support of the Walton County Board of County Commissioners, DeFuniak Springs City Council and community members. Thanks to their supportive efforts we have been able to make Main Street DeFuniak Springs more than just a place for commerce – it’s a community.”
Main Street DeFuniak Springs continues to work to generate interest in its downtown through events and its growing list of merchants.
The Main Street Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, on Baldwin Avenue beginning at 8:00 a.m. The Music on Main concert series concludes this Friday, May 28 at the Florida Chautauqua Theatre with the husband-and-wife duo, The Wortheys. Tickets are still on sale at fcweb.org/musiconmain. Next month Main Street DeFuniak Springs will host the end of school year bash, Bounce on Baldwin, on June 12, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The event is completely free to attend and will include eight bounce houses and inflatable interactives, a dunk tank, food, and more family-friendly elements.
New this year, The Pink House Aesthetics & Wellness Boutique and Fyzical Balance Center have opened next door to one another at 760 Baldwin Avenue. Locally owned and operated, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio will open soon at 37 S. 10th Street, in the space previously occupied by Praline & Company. Choctawhatchee Construction Group has opened offices above Soiree, 804 Baldwin Avenue. Renovations are currently taking place on two businesses relocating to the Main Street District this year including Kim & Company Real Estate, 23 S. 7th Street, and DeFuniak Springs Family Dental, 746 Baldwin Avenue.
For more information on Main Street DeFuniak Springs events, merchants, and development news, visit www.MainStreetDFS.org and follow @MainStreetDFS on Facebook and Instagram. To contact Main Street DeFuniak Springs, email Info@mainstreetdfs.org or call (850) 296-9051.
About Main Street DeFuniak Springs: Main Street DeFuniak Springs is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Main Street DeFuniak Springs’s mission is to preserve, protect, maintain, and improve the historic downtown district of DeFuniak Springs, Florida, and to increase community events and economic vitality to the downtown business district region. To find out more about what is going on along Main Street DeFuniak Springs and how you can help, please visit www.MainStreetDFS.org