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Main Street Kent is Everyone’s First Choice for


Main Street Kent is Everyone’s First Choice for


Main Street Kent is Everyone’s First Choice for


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Main Street Kent is Everyone’s First Choice for


About Main Street Kent

Kent, Ohio is a unique place. Our downtown is filled with shops, restaurants, bars, live music, and a vibrant community of artists and creators. Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization, promotion, beautification and preservation of downtown Kent. Support is provided by the City of Kent, local businesses, and community members alike. Since Main Street Kent’s formation in 2006, dozens of new businesses have opened in downtown Kent, and hundreds of new full-time and part-time jobs have been created. We are proud to be a part of a vibrant and thriving community. From hosting events year round to creating public art projects, we’re committed to making Kent, OH the best it can be!

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 Featured Volunteers

Mary Organ

Mary has been a long time volunteer for us at MSK. Here’s why she gives her time to us:
“I’ve lived in Kent for 32 years, all the way from Grad School at KSU through getting married and raising our children here. I’ve worked for several small businesses in Kent and just love how downtown has developed over the years into a walkable place full of restaurants and shops. I especially love what Main Street Kent has done to promote the city through those all-day, close-off-the-streets, thousands-of-people events such as the Wine and Art Festival, Wizardly World, and Oktoberfest. I feel great about inviting family and friends to my hometown, whether it’s for a day, a weekend, or to find a job and live here.”

 Featured Friend of Main Street Kent


Empire has handcrafted chocolates and gifts, tarot and crystals, saints and angels, and three resident ghosts. They offer complete supplies for body painting, temporary tattoo, henna and extreme beauty. This unique local shop is located right on Main St. filled with all kinds of magical merchandise.