Why does downtown matter?

“Our downtown is the economic engine, the big stage, the core of the community.  Our downtown tells us who we are and who we were, and how the past has shaped us.  We do not go to bland suburbs or enclosed shopping malls to learn about our past, explore our culture, or discover our identity.  Our downtown is a place of shared memory where people still come together to live, work, and play!!”
Read more about the National Main Street Initiative by visiting


What is in downtown Marion?

You can see the full downtown Marion district by visiting the Grant County GIS site at

and using the Neighborhood Name “16 MARION CORP DOWNTOWN” in the drop down menu.

I spy – a river flowing, retail shops opening, art forming, and volunteers smiling!  Yes – we are looking at downtown Marion!


Are you looking for artistic expression?  Buy an instrument and get music lessons at Marion Music & Sound!  Try any of the several dance studios – you may even want to sign-up for more than one class!!  Laugh, cry, and fall in love at the Marion Civic Theatre live performances and mystery dinners.  Develop your skills as a potter, a painter, or an actor at Marion Community School of the Arts!


Go on a shopping spree at the Centrum Suites & Boutique Shoppes, The Pink Elephant, Jerry’s Leather Shop & Shoe Repair, Constance Boutique, Lighthouse Custom Framing, Peerless Printing, Clique Creative, The Claire Clark Beauty Lounge, and more!


 Feeling blue?  Get your haircut at one of our barber shops or salons.  Take a break at the spa or the YMCA sauna.  Give those worn out soles on your favorite pair of show a second chance and Jerry’s Shoe Hospital.  Schedule a photo shoot at Clique.  Mail your letters and check your bank account balance all while you are downtown!


 Want to make a difference?  Become a Friend at the Library.  Meet new friends by volunteering with the Marion Community Gardens Association, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Grant County Family YMCA, or Family Service Society, Inc. Or, find out about other cool causes housed downtown!


Grab a bite to eat from one of our delicious lunch or dinner hot spots downtown, such as Folkie’s Tavern, The Country Cafe, or Tu Ur Door Pizza!

As always, whatever your reason, we hope to see you downtown.

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