May 2017

It's time for Friday Fest!

Local band Kat and the Dawgs return with their energetic style to Main Street Bartow's Friday Fest on May 19,  from 6-9 p.m.

Kathryne (Kat) Agner fronts the band with strong vocals; her father, Billy Agner, plays bass; Nickey Waslyn, guitar; and Howard Warren, drums.

Also returning this month is a chance to save lives by donating blood on the OneBlood mobile unit. Each donor receives a free OneBlood T-shirt and a wellness check. You can drop in or make an appointment online at and use sponsor code #19598. Blood can only come from generous blood donors. OneBlood says if every donor gave just one more time each year, there would be no more blood shortages.

Friday Fest also offers the popular Cruise-In Car Show (presented by Kelley Buick GMC), vendors offering food, drink and all kinds of goodies, kids' activities and dancin' in the street. Don't forget to visit local restaurants and shops that are open that night.

A big thank you goes to Sackett Motorsports, our May Friday Fest sponsor. This street party is held on the third Friday of every month and is hosted by Main Street Bartow, Inc., Bartow Community Redevelopment Agency, the City of Bartow and Kelley Buick GMC.

Vendor opportunities are available. For more information visit our website, or call 863-519-0508.


Tim Jones

Tim Jones
Tim Jones Barber Shop

Established : March 21, 2013

What is unique or interesting about your business?
We are an old-fashioned men's barber shop, and finish our cuts with a straight-razor shave on the back of the neck.

Why did you choose to open your business in Bartow? 
Bartow is a quaint small town, like Mayberry, and I felt it was perfect for a barber shop.

What are your business challenges and successes?
My biggest challenge is getting my name out there.
My biggest success is how much I've gotten the name out so far!

What was your previous career? Did it influence your decision to open this business?
Assistant manager for a law firm in Orlando. Yes, I thought it was time to do something I enjoy.

What are your hobbies and interests?
Traveling and taking care of my rescue dogs.

Who has been the most influential in your life? 
My partner, Rick.

What is your favorite quote?
"No fate, but what we make," from "The Terminator."

What is your advice to someone starting a new business or industry?
Overnight successes are rare. You have to look at the long range.

Jennifer Camp (right), owner of Queen's Fashions & Gifts is welcomed as a new member of Main Street Bartow by Executive Director Linda Holcomb
New Main Street Bartow Member Spotlight: 

Jennifer Camp of Queen's Fashions & Gifts is Main Street Bartow's newest member.

Queen's Fashions, formerly Legacy Fashions, moved from the corner of Summerlin and Central to a new location at 320 East Summerlin. This weekend marks Jennifer's third anniversary in Downtown Bartow.

If you haven't visited the boutique, you'll find fashions for the whole family, gifts, jewelry, and a friendly owner who custom designs and sews many of the fashions in her store.

Jennifer markets the store as Polk County's number one boutique for African and ethnically-inspired fashions, and draws customers from all over Polk County and beyond.

Need help figuring out how to wear a head wrap? Every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. women may come to Queen's for a "wrap session," a fun way of learning head wrap techniques.

Her upcoming plans include making matching ties and handkerchiefs for men and boys, and a special event in June.

Boutique hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 863-245-7163, visit the Queens Fashions and Gifts Facebook page, or stop by and visit!

Kappy's Kids' art students' show

An artists' reception and display at Carolyn's Gallery & Frame Shop will feature students from Kappy's Kids, this Friday from 5-7:30 p.m.

Kappy's Kids is a program of Bartow Art Guild, taught by Kappy Williams at the Bartow Art Guild building on Tuesday afternoons from September through May. For more information call 533-2600 or 640-1232.

While viewing the art, enjoy wine and cheese, punch and cookies, and visiting with fellow art lovers. Stop by the gallery at 395 East Summerlin St., before or during Friday Fest. It's an easy walk from Main Street, or find plenty of parking near the gallery.

By the way, dogs are always welcome, too!

For more information call 863-519-5219.

Fifth-graders 'Just Say No'

Downtown Bartow played host to hundreds of area fifth graders marching in the 26th annual Just Say No parade on May 10.

Carrying banners with anti-drug abuse messages, the kids marched to Bartow High School for a rally in the gymnasium.

Stephens Elementary won the trophy for best parade banner. Gibbons Street placed second and Bartow Elementary Academy was third.

Putnam runs for governor

Adam Putnam made the official announcement of his candidacy for  governor on the steps of the Historic Courthouse in his hometown of Bartow, "the center of the universe," on May 10. 

Hundreds of folks came to hear the announcement and enjoy the free barbecue.
Cattle ranching history at museum

"Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition" will be presented by Bob Stone at the Polk County History Center during the next Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, June 20.

The Lunch & Learn lecture series is the third Tuesday of every month, January through November, from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Attendees are invited to bring their lunches for this free lecture.

Coming on July 18 is "The Way We Worked: Labor and Florida History," presented by Dr. Steve Noll.

Each third Saturday at 11 a.m., a family friendly architectural tour is given of the History Center. Guests will learn more about neo-classical architecture, the construction of the building and the stories behind the iconic Old Polk County Courthouse.

All these activities are free. For more information visit . or call 863-534-4386. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday in the Historic Courthouse at 100 East Main St.
'The Force Awakens' at Movie on the Lawn

Thirty years after the events seen in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi," the evil First Order has arisen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire. New heroes and villains take of the legacies of Princess Leia, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and their nemesis, Darth Vader.

Watch "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" to see where the new adventures start at the May Movie on the Lawn, Main Street Bartow's free outdoor cinema, on Friday, May 26. It will whet your appetite for the next chapter in the saga, "The Last Jedi," due to be released on Dec. 15.

For early seating arrive at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting between 7:45 and 8 p.m. on the lawn at the corner of North Wilson and East Main.

Popcorn, soda and water are available at our concession center, or you can pick up a take-out from one of our fantastic Main Street Bartow restaurants and have a picnic on the lawn.

For a full list of our restaurants, visit

As this is a weather-permitting event, look for updates on our Facebook page. Be sure to bring chairs, blankets or towels to sit on at this family fun event, and some bug spray.

Main Street Farmer's Market offers variety

Think a farmers' market is just corn and tomatoes? Think again.

At Main Street Bartow's Farmers' Market you can find all sorts of things, including corn and tomatoes. Each week may bring something different: fresh produce, honey, kettle corn,  jams, snacks, bath and beauty items, Italian ice, crafts - all offered in a beautiful park where you can  eat your lunch al fresco while you shop.

Market manager Jillian has also added a drawing  for a  prize. Each vendor has entry slips, so fill out one entry per vendor and increase your chances of winning!

The vendor fee for a 12' x 12' space is $10 per Wednesday paid in advance.

Word on the Street ...

Congratulations to Gordon Greene, our Main Street Bartow board treasurer, and the engineering firm Patel, Greene & Associates, PLLC, on their move to 215 East Main St., where they have recently completed renovations to the building.
Bartow's 54th annual Youth Villa Classic is May 26-29, featuring golf tournaments, and the Community Civic Luncheon. For information on any tournament, call Chris Banks at the Bartow Golf Course, 533-9183.
Wonder Woman Day is coming Saturday, June 3, hosted by Main Street Comics & Memorabilia and SLS Entertainment. 
The celebration includes a trivia contest, a coloring contest for those 12 and under, free Wonder Woman comics, door prizes, a mystery box raffle, entertainment from SLS Entertainment, AND ... a special appearance by Wonder Woman (Clair Davis).  Doors open at 10 a.m.

It's coming! SyFy Bartow 2018! And the theme is . . . Monsters vs. Aliens. 

Better start working on those costumes now! Feb. 17 is only nine months away! The super popular Main Street Bartow festival is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

For more information on being a vendor or sponsor, email

For More Info 863.519.0508
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Coming up ...

Every Wednesday - Main Street Bartow's Farmers' Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Fort Blount Park, corner of Main and Broadway. V endor fee for a 12' x 12' space is $10 per Wednesday paid  in advance. If you are interested in being a vendor, contact Jillian at 863-860-1883 , Main Street Bartow at
863-519-0508, or email .
May 20, Sat. - Uptown Yard Sale and Flea Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., along East Main Street. Vendor fee: $10. Walk-ups welcome.Great opportunity for individuals, youth groups, or other fundraisers. We do the marketing; you just set up. Held the third Saturday of each month. Contact Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508.
May 25, Thurs.  - Main Street Bartow Promotions Committee meets at the MSB office, 8:15 a.m.
June 10, Sat. - Treasures await at Main Street Bartow's Antique Fair, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. along the 300 block of Main Street. Held every second Saturday. Booth spaces are $20 and can be reserved in advance by calling Irene at 863-646-0644, calling Main Street Bartow at 863-519-0508, or emailing Walk-up vendors welcome! To be a vendor:
June 13, Tues. - Chief Chat with Bartow Police Chief Joe Hall, monthly event, open to the public. 7:30 a.m. Urban Oak Café, 135 East Main St. Join us for breakfast or a cup of coffee. There's no agenda, just personal conversation.
June 14, Wed. - Main Street Board of Directors meets at the MSB office, 8 a.m.
June 16, Fri. - Summer Family Fun Friday Fest! Beach music from DJ Sean Serdynski, water slide, hula hoop contest, margaritas, classic car show, and much more! Space is still available for kids' activities and other vendors. Sponsor: Kelley Buick GMC Call the Main Street Bartow office at 
863-519-0508 for information. 6-9 p.m.

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