Emporia Main Street's DESIGN programs are run by a committee of volunteers along with Main Street staff. The goal of our design initiatives is to create a vibrant downtown commercial district by enhancing the district's physical and visual assets.
Our design programs work to improve downtown buildings, parking areas, street furniture, signs, sidewalks, street lights, and landscaping. Our design programs also help individual business owners with building design, window display implementation, education, and advice. All design activities are focused on making downtown a welcoming place for residents and visitors, and a place for businesses to thrive.
Additionally, the Design Committee works to preserve the legacy and stories of the Downtown Historic District through a variety of historic preservation activities.
Other Design Committe Projects
Our design programs seek to create a pleasant, welcoming environment downtown, which draws shoppers, residents, and visitors. This ultimately benefits not just downtown, but our community as a whole.
See the Light! If you aren’t properly lighting your windows and entry points, you are losing consumer attention.
It’s getting dark earlier, and that generates a needed upgrade for many businesses (especially in pedestrian areas). Lighting your windows, and all of your egress points (front entrance and alley entrance-if open to customer traffic) is critically important. Lighting windows helps you turn your window space into a billboard that showcases products. It helps you…Continue Reading >
An internal space inventory can help your business save on some static costs and drive more income streams! Successful businesses today are focused on the numbers. Costs of materials and shipping are fluctuating; labor is difficult; and interest rates are rising. Sometimes we get so focused on a few line items that we forget about maximizing the…Continue Reading >
Transparency in Design: Seeing is believing (and makes you more accessible to your consuming public).
Our brains are hardwired with certain needs and preconceptions as we interact with our environment. Thousands of years of evolution have provided our subconscious with ways to help us judge desirable and undesirable environments. Today, we use some of our innate preconceptions to help us in community, building, and business design. By understanding the design…Continue Reading >
The Kansas Main Street network offers several different specialized trainings on topics relevant to community and economic development. Talking to area specialists on specialized topics can give us a better idea on strategies to pursue, while learning from the mistakes of others. The Emporia Main Street downtown mural project has been a great success, but…Continue Reading >
The East-Central Region of Kansas has a rich and diverse history that informs our present. Emporia Main Street works with partner agencies and volunteers to enhance cultural celebrations, create athletic opportunities that highlight our natural beauty, preserve our historic architecture, and highlight the unique assets in our area. The founding of Veteran’s Day in the…Continue Reading >
With limited resources, the City of Emporia continues to invest in improving accessibility in the commercial corridors of the community. Public Works Director Dean Grant submitted a potential redesign of the large commercial parking lot located in the 700 Block of Merchant Street. The design keeps the same approximate number of parking stalls, but expands…Continue Reading >