Utilize the Power of Art

Main Street Hanford and Hanford Parks & Recreation would like to “Utilize the Power of Art” in their efforts to revitalize downtown Hanford by creating a community driven Public Art Program.  This Saturday, June 22nd beginning at 9:00am, artists will begin painting utility boxes throughout downtown Hanford. You can visit downtown, walk around, meet artists, and watch the program come to life.  This Saturday there will be approximately ten artists painting designated utility boxes. The boxes vary in size from 7 feet tall, to 2 feet tall.  Artists will be paid for their work, depending on the size of the box.  “The public art program is intended to enliven our community, encourage foot traffic and provoke conversations,” said Michelle Brown, Executive Director of Main Street Hanford.

Artists from Urbanist Collective will be guiding Hanford’s artists throughout the process. Urbanist Collective is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the professional expansion of urban art within the community through art education, demonstration, and outreach. Urbanists embrace the concept of redefining public space, with the addition of art and public engagement. Joel Martin is the go-to artist for Hanford’s Utility Box Program.  Joel is working closely with the artists, as it will be their first time painting on a utility box. Michelle Brown and Joel Martin are working together to organize this Saturday’s Utility Box Paint Day.  Urbanists have done the utility box program in other cities and is bring their knowledge to Hanford.

In April, Michelle Brown of Main Street Hanford sat down with the Hanford City Council in a Study Session to get permission to have the utility boxes painted.  The council fully supported the idea and art submissions have been flooding into the Main Street Hanford office.  “It’s very difficult to choose what art goes on what boxes; especially because we received about 70 artist submissions. There are a lot of talented artists in Hanford.” Brown said. Hanford Parks & Recreation have played a major role in making this project come to fruition.  Alvin Dias, Hanford Parks Superintendent and Main Street Hanford staff worked together to designate the 25 city-owned boxes to be painted.  Brown put together a committee including Alvin Dias (Parks & Recreation), Bruce Kane (Kings Art Center), Jennifer Butts (Artist), Robb Robbins (Board Member), Jim Castleman (Board Member), and Brittany Parreira (Main Street Hanford staff). The committee has met several times over the last five months to bring the utility box project to life. 

 Main Street Hanford and Hanford Parks & Recreation hosted Food Truck Night on June 1st and was able to fundraise over $5,000 for the project costs. The total cost of the project will be approximately $6,000.  Main Street Hanford will budget $3,000 per year to maintain the artists’ work.  Brown is hopeful that the Utility Box Art is only the beginning for public art in downtown Hanford.  “My ultimate goal is to have a public art program that includes utility boxes, fire hydrant art, murals and more.” Brown said. 

Please visit downtown Hanford this Saturday, June 22nd and meet the artists. Please follow Main Street Hanford and Hanford Parks & Recreation on Instagram and Facebook to learn more about both organizations.  Also, visit www.mainstreethanford.com/publicart to learn more about public art in downtown Hanford.

GRAND OPENING OF HOP FORGED BREWING CO. IN DOWNTOWN HANFORD

Downtown Hanford is the new home to Hop Forged Brewing Company.  Owners Brian Alves and AJ Soares are excited to celebrate their Grand Opening on April 20th.  Doors open at Noon and live music by local favorite, JJ Brown will begin at 8pm. 

The brewery will be the first ever to open up in Hanford and has been in the works for several years. Owners Brian and AJ have been dreaming up Hop Forged Brewing Company for 8 years, starting in their garage.  “We weren’t big drinkers at the time, but we loved the science and art behind it.”  Brian said that they fell in love with the challenge of creating the perfect beer. Brian and AJ talked about having their own brewery from the beginning and they will finally see that dream become a reality.  Brian’s father, Frank Alves purchased the property at 106 W. Seventh Street about a year ago.  Family and friends have worked hard to get the brewery ready for this day.  The property was built in the early 1800s and had been vacant for nearly 20 years. 

Hop Forged Brewing Company will start with 6 craft beers on tap including favorites; Tropical IPA, Hazelnut Brown Ale and Blonde Ale.  Their goal for the end of the year is to have 12 options on tap and eventually have up to 30 beers on tap.  The brewery has bar seating, table-top seating and roll up glass doors that lead out to their patio for outdoor seating.

Microbreweries are popping up across America and have played a vital role in downtown revitalization.   “We believe Hop Forged Brewing Co will be an asset and an anchor business in our community.  The restoration and improvements that they have made to their property are incredible.  We are grateful for their investment in downtown Hanford,” said Michelle Brown, Executive Director of Main Street Hanford. Brown has been working with Hop Forged Brewing Company for events such as Everybody’s Irish in downtown Hanford where they have showcased their beers two years in a row.  “These guys are a blast to work with and I have no doubt they will be successful here.”

Make sure to support Hop Forged Brewing Company on April 20th for their Grand Opening.  For more information visit their website at www.hopforgedbrewing.com and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Regular Hours:

Thursday 5:00pm-10:00pm

Fridays 5:00pm-12:00am

Saturdays 12:00pm-12:00am

Sundays 12:00pm-8:00pm

Michelle Brown Chosen as Executive Director of Main Street Hanford

HANFORD, California January 24th, 2018- Main Street Hanford is pleased to announce Michelle Brown has been chosen as their new Executive Director.  Brown was hired as Office Manager in 2016 and since December 2017 has been acting as Interim Executive Director. Born and raised in Hanford, Brown has been a Hanford resident most of her life.  “Growing up in Hanford, my roots are here and downtown Hanford has been the backdrop of many of my childhood memories,” Brown said. “I have lived and worked in downtown Hanford and will always serve as an enthusiastic advocate.”
Main Street Hanford is part of a nationwide program called Main Street America. Main Street America has recently launched “The Refreshed Approach.” The fundamental components of the Main Street Approach are Community Engagement, Transformation Strategies and Impact.  
 “We are confident in our selection of Michelle as our Executive Director as her actions and management skills as Interim Director speak volumes.  She is confident, energetic, responsive and approachable. The Board of Directors believe with Brown’s experience and enthusiasm she will be a great fit for the “Refreshed Approach” Main Street Hanford has been seeking,” said Steve Banister, Board President.
Board Secretary, Jim Castleman stated, “I have been involved with Main Street Hanford since its beginning in 2000. Michelle is a great fit and I know she has what it takes to make our downtown a vibrant destination.”
Brown added, “I absolutely love my job and I am grateful to be chosen as Executive Director. Main Street Hanford has been the leader in downtown revitalization for years and I am hoping to take it to the next level. I have a strong board of directors and together we will do big things.”
To learn more about Main Street Hanford, visit www.mainstreethanford.com.
 

2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Main Street Hanford is the leader and coordinator for the continued revitalization of downtown Hanford.  As a certified California Main Street community, members of the organization and hundreds of volunteers work to bring quality events to Hanford to promote downtown as the heart and soul of the city.

Saturday, March 16th:  Everybody’s Irish in downtown Hanford – Leprechauns looking for fun will want to join in the festivities on St. Patrick’s Day from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. in downtown Hanford.  This event will include a microbrew tasting at 20+ downtown businesses, traditional Irish music, shopping and fun.  Remember to wear green for the event!!

Friday April 26th: Night in the Country -Country music festival in downtown Hanford! This special event brings you live country entertainers from 5:30 to 10:00 pm in Civic Park. Enjoy the music, dance and dine under the stars at this admission free event! New Event

May 2nd-October 31st:  Thursday Night Market Place – This premiere event held every Thursday night from 5:30-9:00 p.m. is much more than a farmers’ market but there is always plenty of fresh valley produce for all!  The market features a beer garden, live entertainment, local vendors, a petting zoo for the kids and theme nights which include Dairy Appreciation Night, Art in the Park, NASL Flyover Night and Paint Downtown Hanford Pink.  It’s the place to be in Hanford!

Saturday, September 21st:  Blues & Roots Festival – The blues are alive and well in downtown Hanford and this special event boasts live blues entertainers from 5:30 to 10:00 pm in Civic Park. Enjoy the music, dance under the harvest moon and dine under the stars at this admission free event. 

Saturday, October 5th:  Moon Festival – Celebrate the completion of the harvest, held the first Saturday in October, when the moon is full.  Hanford’s celebration includes tours of the historic Taoist Temple, live entertainment, moon cakes and traditional Chinese food and a tea garden. This popular event is co-sponsored by the Taoist Temple and Main Street Hanford.

Friday, October 18th:  Witches Night Out – A spooktacular ladies shopping night held the third Friday in October from 6-9 p.m.  Grab your friends, put on your fanciest witch’s hat and join us for this spellbinding event. 

Saturday, November 23rd:  Small Business Saturday– Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses by shopping and dining at over 20 independently owned unique downtown businesses.  This day is dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods.

Friday, December 6th:  Wine & Chocolate Tasting – Special wines and chocolates are purchased throughout the year and approximately 25 downtown businesses kick-off the holiday season during this extravagant festival.  Participants receive a Main Street Hanford wine glass and sample from the list of over 50 wines and delectable chocolates.  Many of the shops use this event as a Holiday Open House with delicious hors d’oeuvres and unique added touches like live music and photo booths.

The downtown district includes over 300 businesses with an incredible variety of respectfully restored historic buildings, locally owned retail shops, unique restaurants, and a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere. Shop, stroll, dine and discover historic downtown Hanford!

For more information contact Main Street Hanford at 559.582.9457 or visit our website www.mainstreethanford.com and like us on Facebook.

Main Street Hanford Presents Exciting New App

 

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN HANFORD PRESENTS EXCITING NEW TECHNOLOGY

Main Street Hanford has joined the national rollout of a creative new mobile marketing platform and app, called distrx.  Designed specifically for Main Street districts to allow businesses to reach today's mobile consumers, the free distrx app is available on the App Store and Google Play. 

As visitors enter the district, they receive a welcome greeting on their mobile device, which lists area businesses by category with photos and links to call, get directions and go to their social media sites.  The app you will give users a direct link to downtown’s businesses, events and activities.  As visitors enter a participating business, they receive a personalized greeting, which may include special offers, discounts and promotions. 

distrx Co-founder Ron Cook explained how it all works: "We are excited to have Main Street Hanford join our national rollout.  We developed distrx as a way for small businesses to use technology to reach mobile consumers who love to shop local."

Main Street Hanford commented: "Now our local businesses will be able to welcome visitors with their own personalized greetings. Visitors will also be able to keep track of downtown events and receive special offers from over 25 participating businesses.”

Download the distrx app in your app store today!

For more information about the app contact Main Street Hanford.

 

 

        

2017 Events Calender

Main Street Hanford is the leader and coordinator for the continued revitalization of downtown Hanford.  As a certified California Main Street community, members of the organization and hundreds of volunteers work to bring quality events to Hanford to promote downtown as the heart and soul of the city.  

           May 4th-September 28th:  Thursday Night Market Place – This premiere event held every Thursday night from 5:30-9:00 p.m. is much more than a farmers’ market but there is always plenty of fresh valley produce for all!  The market features a beer garden, live entertainment, local vendors, a petting zoo for the kids and theme nights which include Dairy Appreciation Night, Art in the Park, NASL Flyover Night and Paint Downtown Hanford Pink.  It’s the place to be in Hanford! 

          Saturday, September 16th:  Blues & Roots Festival – The blues are alive and well in downtown Hanford and this special event boasts live blues entertainers from 5:30 to 10:00 pm in Civic Park. Enjoy the music, dance under the harvest moon and dine under the stars at this admission free event.   

          Saturday, October 7th:  Moon Festival – Celebrate the completion of the harvest, held the first Saturday in October, when the moon is full.  Hanford’s celebration includes tours of the historic Taoist Temple, live entertainment, moon cakes and traditional Chinese food and a tea garden. This popular event is co-sponsored by the Taoist Temple and Main Street Hanford.  

          Friday, October 20th:  Witches Night Out – A spooktacular ladies shopping night held the third Friday in October from 6-9 p.m.  Grab your friends, put on your fanciest witch’s hat and join us for this spellbinding event.   

Saturday, November 25th:  Small Business Saturday Celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of small businesses by shopping and dining at over 20 independently owned unique downtown businesses.  This day is dedicated to supporting the local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods. 

Friday, December 1st:  Wine & Chocolate Tasting – Special wines and chocolates are purchased throughout the year and approximately 25 downtown businesses kick-off the holiday season during this extravagant festival.  Participants receive a Main Street Hanford wine glass and sample from the list of over 50 wines and delectable chocolates.  Many of the shops use this event as a Holiday Open House with delicious hors d’oeuvres and unique added touches like live music and photo booths. 

The downtown district includes over 300 businesses with an incredible variety of respectfully restored historic buildings, locally owned retail shops, unique restaurants, and a refreshingly relaxed atmosphere.   

Shop, stroll, dine and discover historic downtown Hanford! 

For more information contact Main Street Hanford at 559.582.9457 or visit our website www.mainstreethanford.com and like us on Facebook.

The Refreshed Main Street Hanford Approach

Main Street Hanford, as a certified Main Street program through the National Main Street organization will soon present "The Refreshed Main Street Approach".  This refreshed approach will focus on the holistic transformation and rigorous outcome measurement.  The primary focus will be on outcomes, as opposed to process.  As has been the case in the past, Main Street Hanford will engage a wide range of local stakeholders in developing a vision of success for our downtown.  Main Street Hanford will also work to develop cross-cutting Community Transformation Strategies that are connected to meaningful, long-term change.  Progress will be measured in a variety of ways, including through economic metrics and qualitative assessment.  Under the refreshed Main Street model, Community Transformation Strategies will become the focus of Main Street Hanford's work.  After community visioning processes and up-front assessments of local market needs, Main Street Hanford will commit to two to three transformations strategies and organize its work around those strategies.  These strategies will be rooted in a thorough understanding of the district's existing assets and economic potential, and will combine a focus on those actions needed to spur long term, sustainable change in downtown, as well as shorter term catalytic activities. To participate in the development of this vision of success for downtown Hanford, contact Shelly at 559.582.9457 or shelly@mainstreethanford.com!!