October- December 2022

The Downtown Lowdown

The Tahlequah Main Street Association is happy to present its fourth quarterly "Downtown Lowdown" for 2022!

This newsletter is intended to update each of you with as much information about our vibrant downtown and its events!

What have we been up to?

That's a great question, we would love to tell you! 

Big news! 

Tahlequah's very own Rian Cragar with A Bloom flowers and Gifts has been featured in Main Street America's Women in Small business Month series! 

To celebrate Women's Small Business Month, we are highlighting women business owners who make Main Street districts great. Rian Cragar at A Bloom Flowers & Gifts in Tahlequah Main Street Association owns a vibrant flower business with a strong Main Street connection. Check out this video to learn more about Rian's passion for her downtown!

View full video here!

Transformational strategies workshop!

Tahlequah Main Street participated in a two-day transformational strategies workshop with Lisa Mullins Thompson, Senior Program Officer for Revitalization services with Main Street America, and The Oklahoma Main Street staff. The workshop consisted of focus groups with business owners, stakeholders, and community officials. With feedback from the community, and extensive data collection we were able to focus our strategies toward a 3-5 year plan for the Downtown corridor. Stay tuned for more details! 

We are hiring! 

We have an exciting opportunity for someone who is passionate about small businesses, well-versed in digital marketing, and excels in an independent work environment. Visit our website to view the full job description and to apply!

Apply now!

Welcome our New Board members! 

Jessie Barnard

Susan LaVictoire

  Brian Lambert

If you see one of them out and about, tell them congratulations!

Volunteers Opportunities! 

"The Greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members."

Looking for Volunteer opportunities? Click the link below to register. Shifts are short and easy! Thank you to all who help make these events special for our community.

Sign up here!


October 15th


Tahlequah, Oklahoma and Volkswagen seemingly go hand in hand. They both share a certain coziness and reliability. They are funky and have quirky characteristics that are beloved by their owners and citizens, Through the evolution of the vehicle countless Volkswagen's have found their way to Tahlequah. Artist, students, hippies, musicians, faculty and professionals have migrated to Tahlequah via the VW. What started out as a quiet and intimate get together has grown in to a full blown festival.  

Join us in Downtown Tahlequah on Oct 15th for the 2022 OKsWagen Festival! Check out the vintage VWs on Main Street at this family friendly event!

Click here for more Info! 

November 17th


Tickets go on sale on October 5th! 


Ladies' Night out is Tahlequah's Premiere Shopping Event of the year!

Come spend the evening in Downtown Tahlequah with us. start by having dinner at your favorite restaurant, followed by strolling the downtown shops for promotions and sales! All tickets include a list of promotions, a map, and an armband for over 21 participants. The First 100 tickets sold receive a Swag Bag filled with goodies and a chance to win a Golden Ticket prize! 

Purchase Tickets here! 

December 3rd 10am-4pm

Come spend the day in Downtown Tahlequah with us. Start by having lunch at your favorite restaurant and then come by the Tahlequah Main Street Association Office to grab your cookie box and take a stroll down our beautifully decorated Main Street. Be ready to shop in your favorite shops, stroll the museums, and take home a box of Gourmet Holiday Cookies! 

Tickets on Sale November 7th! 

Events hosted by our friends! 

Did you know if you are hosting an event in downtown Tahlequah, you can put it on our event calendar? Just click the button below and submit a form! 

Submit an event! 

Book Signing at Tahlequah Public Library


Reinvestment in your Downtown

Downtown Tahlequah Mural Walking Tour

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Living History: Beth Herrington Historical Downtown Walking Tour's 10th anniversary

By Sara Serrano, TDP 

Local historian Beth Herrington said that many don't realize that Downtown Tahlequah has evolved significantly over time, and she is on a mission to teach locals about these changes.

Created in 2012 by Herrington and Tahlequah Main Street Association, the self-guided walking tour celebrated its 10th anniversary last Thursday. As a part of her tour, Herrington offered her wisdom after working in Tahlequah as an area historian and educator for many years.

"I was brought up to respect history and genealogy," said Herrington. "I have not been able to understand how you can know who you are if you don't know the historic past of your city and country."

Tahlequah residents will have a chance to take themselves through history as a part of a self-guided tour, which hits 13 spots all around downtown.


Tahlequah Main Street is seeking partners to help us Deck the Halls in Downtown Tahlequah

We have 42 light poles on Muskogee Ave in our downtown corridor. Our current goal is to raise enough funds for 21 of the light poles for Christmas 2023 implementation. Each light pole is $750 to sponsor and will include the personalized "gift tag" on your sponsored light pole and a Downtown Tahlequah keepsake ornament.

Can't sponsor an entire light pole?! That's okay, we still need your help! We will be raising donations to fund light poles that are not fully sponsored, future repairs, and maybe some additional decorations! Every little bit helps! So who is in to help us Deck The Halls in Downtown Tahlequah?!?!

For more information



Promoting Main Street takes many forms, but the ultimate goal is to position the downtown or commercial district as the center of the community and the hub of economic activity, while creating a positive image that showcases a community’s unique characteristics. This can be done through highlighting cultural traditions, celebrating and preserving important architecture and history, encouraging local businesses to market cooperatively, offering coordinated specials and sales, and hosting special events aimed at changing perceptions of the district and communicating to residents, investors, businesses, and property-owners that this place is special. 

Committee Members

Addie Wyont- Chair

Kristy Eubanks

Chris Whytal

Alicia McDowell

Molly Nofire

Marla Grant

Cierra Jenkins

Fun Fact!

You do not have to be a board member to be on a committee! Volunteer anytime!

Visit this link for more information!


Tahlequah Main Street Association, Inc. (TMSA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization that is a member of the National Main Street center and part of the Main Street America network. The amazing individuals who make up TMSA are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.

TMSA is committed to preserving our rich culture and supporting our downtown businesses while promoting the opportunity to live, work, and play in Tahlequah. 

The purpose of Tahlequah Main Street Association, Incorporated is to foster, promote, maintain, and encourage the civic, social, commercial, tourist, and economic welfare of our city. Main Street contributes to the entire community by preserving the quality of life and aesthetic values that make Tahlequah unique.
Dear Community Partner, 

​On behalf of The Tahlequah Main Street Association, I would like to invite you to join us in the pursuit of Revitalization. 
First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce our organization. Tahlequah Main Street Association, Inc. (TMSA) is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization that is a member of the National Main Street Center and part of the Main Street America network. The amazing individuals who make up TMSA are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders, and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their community—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place. 
Main Street contributes to the entire community by preserving the quality of life and aesthetic values that make Tahlequah unique. 
As a partner of TMSA, you have the opportunity to be involved in the aid and revitalization of your community. Revitalization creates lasting improvements that ensure long-term success for the heart of our community. This resurgence is only possible with the participation of our dedicated volunteers, members , and partners who cooperatively work toward an improved, cohesive downtown of which all citizens will be proud of. 
I thank you for your consideration in becoming a Tahlequah Main Street Partner and joining us in the pursuit of Revitalization. 

Thank you to our 2022/2023 Premier Partners! 

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