Main Street Lorain is strengthening the community through consistent connection with residents.
The organization held a fitness-themed First Friday on Aug. 4 on Broadway in downtown Lorain.
The popular monthly events will continue year-round, said Main Street Lorain Board of Directors President Chris Cocco.
“Starting in May, we’ve implemented First Fridays now throughout the end of the year,” Cocco said. “We just want there to be continual activities where the community can come together to build a social and cultural network.”
The goal is to create and strengthen the relationships within the community, he said.
“We want the community and businesses to have the opportunity to bond with one another,” Cocco said. “We hope that by doing this on a regular basis, incrementally, this once a month gathering creates lasting ties.”
Local vendors and performers lined Broadway Avenue to connect and offer residents the opportunity to shop small.
North Pointe Ballet dancers promoted wellness and performed a teaser from their upcoming free “North Pointe Ballet in the Park” on Aug. 25 at Lakeview Park.
The First Friday event is a part of Main Street Lorain’s mission to promote collaboration and celebration, Cocco said.
“We’re putting our best foot forward to make Lorain an inclusive and vibrant community,” he said. “One thing I like most about this event is that people can shop at businesses and vendors, or simply enjoy the atmosphere.
“It’s just a great time for everyone involved.”
Cocco said he hopes the monthly events will draw crowds from neighboring cities.
“At the end of the day, we’re supporting our local businesses and bringing revenue into the downtown,” he said. “We’re starting to see people come from outside communities, whether they are from Lorain, or just heard about what we’re trying to do downtown.
“Although it’s easy now while it’s warm, we still want people to come out and experience regular activities no matter the weather.”