Main Street in Ardmore was recognized for its historical roots and progressive approach to the future in a compilation of Main Streets across the nation.
Main Streets Across America is an online, interactive map designed by insurance company National Life Group based in Addison, Texas. The database compiles profiles of streets in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia that embrace “a strong sense of community and a commitment to creating an environment where people want to live, work and play,” according to a press release.
To represent Oklahoma, Ardmore was chosen in praise of the preservation of bygone frontier days, as well as being the cultural and economical hub of Arbuckle Country.
Ardmore Main Street Association General Manager Jeff DiMiceli said the city hopes visitors savor the many venues downtown as the downtown area continues to grow and flourish.
“I think, first off, we hope they come to downtown and feel welcome. That’s the main thing,” DiMiceli said. “We hope they see that we have developed, and we are developing. We want to create a sense of quality business, not just any business —something you won’t find anywhere else.”
DiMiceli said new events the city has never undertaken until this year are a vital part of AMSA’s mission. These include the HOG Rally and Wine Walk, both of which DiMiceli said received great reception and will be continued in the future.
“There have been great events, and we’re adding more this coming year,” DiMiceli said. “We’re just going to keep doing different things in order to give people a reason to visit Ardmore off the highway.”
The database can be accessed at www.blog.nationallife.com/main-street.