what we do

Main Street Batesville is a non-profit organization, certified by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Main Street America national association. Main Street Batesville is not an funded agency of the city or county, or state.

The organization runs on the work of our volunteers, and on funds donated by our partners -- local businesses and citizens who have the same goal as we do: a thriving downtown.

Our mission is the revitalization of downtown Batesville, through economic development and historic preservation.

Our organization is led by a Board of Directors composed of leaders in this community, and staffed by Executive Director Mandi Curtwright



Our work, by the numbers


  • 1 new streetscape

  • 48 green spaces added

  • 1 irrigation system

  • 100-year-old water lines replaced

  • 20 lighting systems added along street, in the flower beds, and in the Pocket Park

  • 50+ curbing improvements

  • 40% street parking increase

  • 3 parking lots now dedicated to Main Street use

  • 2 new public parks: Maxfield Park and The Pocket Park



  • $230,000 invested in street improvements

  • $15,000 invested in developing The Pocket Park

  • $250,000 invested in developing Maxfield Park

  • $1,000,000 trust donated to Main Street Batesville for the upkeep of Maxfield Park

  • $117,000 invested in developing The Loft events venue in the historic Barnett Building

  • $25,000 in Main Street Batesville mini-grants to downtown businesses

  • $18,000 invested in a new native-stone gateway at the entrance to Main Street


community building

  • 7 community events held each year :

  1. Winter Gala

  2. Garden Party

  3. Carius Endowed Concert

  4. Southern Food Festival

  5. Farm to Table Dinner

  6. Haunted House

  7. Fun & Safe Trick or Treating on Main

  8. Christmas Market

  • 12 Farmers Markets each year

  • 1 Business Incubator, a Partnership with Chamber of Commerce

  • 52 Businesses represented in our Downtown Merchants Association


Advertising and Marketing

  • 25+ ads placed outside of the county per year

  • 400+ mentions and/or features per year in local, regional, state media outlets


economic development

  • 17 empty storefronts filled

  • 15 building facade renovations since the Main Street Batesville revitalization campaign began in 2013

  • 4 new eateries: Unique Nosh, 109 CIX, The Pinto, and Big's

  • 4 retail businesses: Village Adventures, Denim Blues, Queen Ann's Lace, Home-Holidays-And-More

  • 5 event venues: The Loft, Pocket Park, The Landers Theater, The Melba Theater, Maxfield Park

  • 4 full time consultants provided free of charge to downtown businesses: Exterior Designer, Interior Designer, Business Consultant, Tax Credit Consultant

  • More than 400 press mentions per year in local, regional and state media outlets


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