Did your Main Street make the finals?

America’s Main Streets contest awards prize to Ohio town rich in cheese.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Independent We Stand, the organization that promotes small and independent businesses and the shop local mindset, recognized Main Street Wellington, Ohio, at the $25,000 winner of the 2019 America’s Main Streets contest.

Formerly known as the “Cheese Capital of the World,” Wellington has a proud history in the cheese trade dating back to the 1800s when the village was home to more than 40 cheesemaking or storing facilities and shipped cheese all over the world. There are still recognizable signs of Wellington’s cheesemaking heyday at the west end of Herrick Avenue on the Horr-Warner Cheese Company building. The “CHEESE” sign on the building will be restored with the “America’s Main Streets” cash prize.

Farm and Home Hardware operates a store on 120 S. Main Street in Wellington.

Click here to see the ten finalists for the award.

“We know the Herrick Avenues of America help build a sense of place in their communities and are home to countless small, locally owned businesses,” says Independent We Stand co-founder Bill Brunelle. “They are also, often times, rich in history. Independent We Stand wants to help draw attention to these special places and recognize their economic impact. This contest is a chance to share those stories.”

As part of its ongoing mission to promote small businesses, Independent We Stand created the “America’s Main Streets” contest to promote the important role main streets play in building economic success for their communities.

The presenting sponsor of the award is STIHL. Supporting sponsors include Do it Best Corp., Flip This Town, PPG Paints, Nationwide Marketing Group and the North American Retail Hardware Association.


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