Tony Styer and the fine folks at the Marietta Brewing Company are giving happy hour a whole new meaning. Launched earlier this month, their new Community Pints series features a different local non-profit each month. MBC donates $1 for every pint sold, and $2 for every growler sold or filled, to the non-profit instead of offering a happy hour special. Customers have a chance to chat with members of the non-profit, learn more about their mission in the community, and give back while they throw back a pint of their favorite IPA, ale or stout.

This month’s recipient is Marietta Main Street, Marietta’s revitalization organization committed to bringing people together to preserve, enhance and enjoy Downtown Marietta and Harmar Village. In addition to sharing their mission and work, the group is also hosting two public community forums (June 17th and 24th) in the back room of the Brewery during Community Pints to talk about our shared vision for Downtown.

“We are hoping to engage as many people as possible to broaden the reach of folks who are excited to invest in Downtown Marietta,” said Cristie Thomas, Executive Director of Marietta Main Street. The committee hopes to receive at least 1,400 survey responses, to represent a true 10% sample of our local population. Topics include public art, streetscapes, variety and affordability of our Downtown services, goods and restaurants, historic preservation and more.

So what do you love most about Downtown Marietta & Harmar Village? What do you want future generations to love most about our city? What is your vision for Marietta? Marietta Main Street wants to hear your thoughts and ideas as they work on creating a vision statement for our city and revising ordinances that support this vision. Main Street leaders and volunteers will be available to talk about programs in the works, plans for the future, and the goals of the organization. If you were ever curious about what Marietta Main Street does and why, this is a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions – you may even be inspired to get involved!

If you aren’t able to attend either forum, you can still share your thoughts by filling out this survey (don’t worry, it won’t take you more than a few minutes) So head down to the Brewery after work tonight, bring a friend, and help guide Marietta towards an even brighter future!

Sarah Arnold is an Architectural Designer who graduated from Miami University of Ohio and briefly became a Cincinnatian before moving back to Marietta to design her parents’ home. Inspired by the growing creative community here in the Mid-Ohio Valley, Sarah launched Clutch MOV in March of 2014.