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Pop- Up Kiosks

Pop-Up Kiosks are intended to provide a low cost opportunity for small entrepreneurs to test the retail market in the historic downtown Shelbyville. Area entrepreneurs are encouraged to explore opportunities with their product ideas without having to commit to a lot of start-up capital. It is hoped that this could lead to a permanent storefront in the future. Our kiosk program provides interested entrepreneurs a mobile display and selling cart that can be placed in the downtown area to entice customers to their products or services. Interested entrepreneurs should contact our office for more information and fill out our kiosk application.

Downtown Window Holiday Decorating Contest

Mainstreet Shelbyville will be sponsoring a Downtown Merchant Holiday Window Decorating Contest. The judging will begin on November 18th (Holiday Parade) and run until December 9th. Please contact Mainstreet Shelbyville to enter the contest and for additional information.

The Downtown Location

  • Lower rents: compared to a strip mall location, which lack character and foot traffic, rent is generally lower in the downtown.
  • Foot traffic: First Fridays,Farmers Market,Wine Walk, festivals, and events at the renovated Strand Theatre bring thousands of people to the sidewalk outside your storefront on an almost daily basis.
  • Investment: Recent streetscape investments, with additional improvements to be phased in; Way finding signs program directing visitors toward the historic downtown.
  • Recent designation of the downtown as an arts district.
  • Currently about 750 people employed in the downtown, within a short walking distance to your storefront.
  • The Downtown Public Square is a free Wi-Fi Hot Spot.

Financial Incentives

  • Facade Grant Program for exterior building improvements.
  • Interior Grant Program and Rent Subsidy Programs
  • Additional assistance with building improvements: Mainstreet offers design assistance, help with the Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
  • Recent designation of the downtown as an arts district.
  • Financing: Assistance navigating the Small Business Recovery Act loans, SBDC and SBA loans and programs.
  • Co-op marketing opportunities with the Downtown Businesses and vibrant “Buy Local” campaign.