Main Street Ottumwa Better Block Project

OTTUMWA-Main Street Ottumwa Welcomes over 100 people from the 53 other Main Street Iowa Communities.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11th and 12th.  Guests attending the Main Street Iowa Conference participate in the Main Street Ottumwa’s Better Block Project on Thursday, October 12th.


Better Block works with communities and their leaders to instigate rapid change at the neighborhood level. With an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and support from the National Association of Realtors, South East Iowa Regional Board of Realtors, Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, City of Ottumwa and the University of Iowa Business Leadership Network, Main Street Ottumwa, Better Block Foundation, Iowa Economic Development Authority, and the Area 15 Regional Planning Commission are working on creative ways to transform Main Street into a walkable, vibrant district.


Main Street Ottumwa Better Block Party October 12, 2017 5:00-9:00PM 200 and 300 Block of East Main Street. Will include Pop-up Shops, Street Side Dining, Live Entertainment and Kids Activities!  Project Dates and hours: Kickoff on Thursday, October 12, 2017 5:00PM-9:00PM, Friday, October 13, 2017 most project area shops open until 8:00PM, Saturday, October 14, 2017 most project area shops open until 8:00PM and Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:00-4:00PM.

Pop-up shops include; Midwest Belle LLC 328 E. Main, Battle Bros Kids Zone 325 E. Main, Healing Heart Reiki 230 E. Main, and Blaine’s Bagels 314 E. Main.
Project area Shops include; Market on Main, Appanoose Rapids, Elegance by Design,  My Chic BoutiqueMartha’s Nook & CrannyC and C Discount, El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant, Supermercado Cerro Grande, Top Hat Coffee and EntertainmentPolar Xpress, The Optical Shoppe, O’Town Market Place, The Sewing House, Bridge City TV and Appliance and Riverside Cyclery.

On Main & Green Street you will find live entertainment, Kids Activities and Food Trucks.  Food Trucks include Warehouse Barbecue Co. and Krazy K Kookin’.  Live Entertainment Schedule is 5-5:30pm Stephanie Fisk, 5:30-7pm The Stress Vine and 7:15-9pm Never Knows Best.  Other Live Entertainment Heartland Boot Scooters 6-7pm inside The Ottumwa Theater with Peace Tree Brewing Co., Market on Main will host Midnight Blue Country Band 8-9:30pm.


Project continues Friday night with The Halloween History Walk; Local Sporting Legends of the Past 5:00-8:00pm $5 Admission starting at the vacant lot SE Corner of Main & Green.  Food Trucks Warehouse Barbecue Co. and The Barnyard Tenderloin Xpress.  Pop-up shops, Main Street Businesses and Restaurants open for business.  The Ottumwa theater will open its’ doors to a LIVE performance on stage.  The 80’s tribute band “Members Only” will go on stage at 8:00pm.  Tickets are $5.00 and doors open at 7:00pm standing room only or you may bring your own lawn chair.

Main Street Ottumwa Better Block hopes to Empower and inspire residents to take positive action in their community, Seed ideas and next steps for permanent improvements, Guide small businesses and entrepreneurs to open storefronts Downtown and Improve quality of life for current residents of Ottumwa and attract new visitors to the city’s core.