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2013 bannersMainStreet Cleveland is a non profit organization dedicated to the revitalization and promotion of historic downtown Cleveland, Tennessee.

Cleveland, TN has a proud heritage going back more than 160 years. It’s a fun place to visit and a great place to live. With so much to do and enjoy, everyone feels at home in Downtown Cleveland.

An accredited Tennessee Main Street Community since 1990, downtown Cleveland has more to offer - more activities, more shops, more homes, more offices and more life.

MainStreet Cleveland is composed of dedicated citizens, business owners, government officials and other friends who recognize the important role a vital downtown plays in preserving and furthering our community's identity, spirit and economy.


MainStreet Minutes - Test your Cleveland knowledge. Watch this video series for interesting & fun facts about downtown Cleveland, featuring Mayor Emeritus Tom Rowland. 


Mainstreet Cleveland Announces Property Enhancement Grant Recipients

Mainstreet Cleveland announced recipients for round 2 of the Mainstreet Cleveland Property Enhancement Grant program. Seven properties in downtown Cleveland were selected to receive grants totaling $43,310. Based on the investments of these 7 projects, a total of more than $130,000 will be reinvested into downtown properties.

Grant awards include:

  • 180 1st Street: Brooks Screen Printing – replace windows, paint, install new garage door
  • 233 Inman Street: Catch Bar & Grill - install outdoor lighting adjacent to First Street Square
  • 295 Edwards Street: Johnny Cartwright - Paint exterior of building and replace windows
  • 200 Inman Street: Museum Center - Replace awnings on front and side of building
  • 445 Church Street: Old Woolen Mill - Repair and replace windows on the four-story section of the Mill
  • 283 North Ocoee Street: Project Free 2 Fly - Replace store front windows
  • 120 & 122 Inman Street: Stacey & Rocky Casteel - repair brick, doors, and windows, paint

Click here for more information.

The Back Alley Gallery
Visit the Back Alley Gallery and view the public art display by local artists. The main location of Back Alley Gallery is in alley behind Craigmiles Hall, a half block east of Ocoee Street across from the Courthouse. A second location is on Broad Street just south of Gardner's Market.

The Back Alley Gallery has transformed these unused alley spaces with art, lights, and plants. Doorways mounted on the walls in the alley frame selected works of art. The doors will open to reveal works of art hidden within the frame.

Check it out today and open the door to Art! Funding for this project was by the Lyndhurst Foundation.



Downtown Building Inventory GIF Map.

Introducing a great new interactive map for downtown building inventory. Using GIS mapping, at a glance you can see property status and with a simple click you can see more detail for each property. It's a great way to find your downtown business opportunity!

August  Events & Meetings

For the August 17 Virtual Membership meeting, Mainstreet Cleveland is excited to join the Chamber of Commerce’s Mel Bedwell Small Business Person of the Year Award Program.  

Event Invitation 2020 Mel Bedwell Small Business Person of the Year Award Program 

We are going Virtual for the 27th presentation of the Mel Bedwell Small Businessperson of the Year Award presented by Pinnacle Financial Partners! On Monday, August 17, Dr. Thomas Lyons, the Clarence E. Harris Chair of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship in the Gary W. Rollins College of Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, will be our keynote speaker for the event. 

The Mel Bedwell Small Business Person of the Year Award event honors an outstanding small business person in Cleveland and Bradley County for their success in six areas: staying power, growth in number of employees, increase in sales, innovativeness of product or service offered, response to adversity, and evidence of contributions to the community. The Chamber board of directors renamed the Small Business Person of the Year Award to honor the memory of Mel Bedwell, who was known for his energy, determination, ingenuity, honesty, enthusiasm and loyalty, all traits necessary for a successful small business owner. 

Dr. Lyons' research interests are entrepreneurship skills measurement and development, the relationship between entrepreneurship and community economic development, and social entrepreneurship. He is the co-author of fourteen books and numerous articles and papers on these subjects. His co-authored book Understanding Social Entrepreneurship, now in its third edition, is the leading textbook on this subject, used at over 80 universities around the world. He was an early scholar of the concept of “entrepreneurial communities,” or “entrepreneurial ecosystems,” and he continues to conduct research on this subject. 

In 2011, Dr. Lyons received the Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award from the Community Development Society. He is a practicing entrepreneur, who has co-founded two companies. He holds a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

Mr. Lyons' topic will be “Thinking and Acting Like an Entrepreneur During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all. It has brought challenges to some businesses and opportunities to others. The challenges are well documented and can seem overwhelming, but entrepreneurs know that every challenge is also an opportunity, if approached with the right mindset. So, what is that mindset and how can it be used to frame problems differently and enable effective action? His presentation will explore answers to these questions and offer examples of entrepreneurs who have successfully pivoted their businesses amid the uncertainty created by the current health crisis. 

We are happy to be able to keep this yearly event intact even if we will experience it in a new and different way this year. Members who would like to use admission credits should call the Chamber office at 472-6587 to register.

* Dates of scheduled events are subject to change.  


Get on the Map!  - Click Here

We have a great new map tool to keep everyone informed on business and restaurant hours and special services that you may be offering. 


Coronavirus Update: More Info Here


Downtown Shopping & Dining Guide! The new Downtown Shopping & Dining Guide is here! Pick one up at your favorite downtown shop or restaurant. Or click below for a pdf copy.


Mainstreet Cleveland Announces
Pet Friendly Downtown

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Downtown Cleveland Events

Downtown Dine Around - Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 - 5-8 p.m. Tickets to this very popular annual event are $25 each and will be available in advance.

MainStreet Cruise-In - The 4th Saturday of each month, April - October- 1 to 6 p.m.

April 25 - Cancelled   Aug. 22, 2020
May 23, - Cancelled   Sept. 26, 2020
June 27, 2020   Oct. 24, 2020
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Downtown Mutt-Strut - October 1, 2020. Celebrate a pet friendly downtown, in support of SPCA of Bradley County. First Street Square: 6 - 7 p.m. check-in, 7:00 p.m. start.

Friday Festivals - June 5, 12, 19 & 26 2020
Fridays from 7-9:00 p.m. at the Courthouse Square

Downtown Farmer's Market - June 11 - Aug. 2020
Thursdays from 3-6 p.m. at the Old Wollen Mill

Cleveland Apple Festival - Mid-Oct. 2020
Visit clevelandapplefestival.org for more information

Halloween Block Party - Friday, Oct. 31, 2020

A Classic Christmas in Cleveland featuring the Downtown Christmas Parade & more


MainStreet Cruise-In
Join us during the 2020 Cruise-In season. This year it celebrates the 19th anniversary of this monthly event held around the Courthouse Square. The very popular car show attracts an average of more than 500 classic cars and special interest vehicles to our downtown.

Fourth Saturday of Each Month, April - October from 1 to 6 p.m. One of the best cruise-ins around. Held in downtown Cleveland, Tennessee around the courthouse. There is no entry fee to exhibit a vehicle or attend the cruise-in and it is open to all vehicles – antique, classic, muscle, street rods, and special interest.

Contact Randy Howard (423-421-6356) or visit the Cruise-In website for more information.


Shop Your Downtown Merchants...

  • AR Workshop Cleveland
  • Brik Brak’s Antiques
  • Carroll Printing Co.
  • Church Street Candle Company
  • Creative Custom Works
  • Downtown Wig Studio
  • Element Womens Boutique
  • Ever-After Bridal & Formal Wear
  • Express Athletics
  • Glassworks - Kim Currin Creations
    Gallery & Studio
  • Grit & Grace Market
  • Haskell Interiors
  • Hetzel Art Studios & Gallery
  • Hyderhangout - Quilt Fabric & More
  • Isbill Floral Gallery
  • Joe Rodgers Office Supply
  • King's Furniture & Décor
  • Musuem Center Store
  • Ocoee Cigars
  • Project:Free2Fly
  • Stamper's Furniture
  • Terra Running Company
  • The Bench Jeweler
  • The Red Ribbon
  • The Small Town Girl Boutique
  • Trailhead Bicycle Co.
  • What-A-Hat

Restaurants & Dining Options

The Museum Center at 5ive Points tells the story of the Ocoee Region through dynamic exhibits, creative programming, and local arts and crafts available for purchase in our Museum Store that feature local artists within a 150-mile radius. Our temporary gallery features rotating exhibits that highlight regional and national treasures while our permanent exhibit tells the story of Cleveland and Bradley County. We engage visitors of all ages through classes, lectures, camps, and demonstrations throughout the year. Visit museumcenter.org to find out more.

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