TIPP CITY, Ohio – The Downtown Tipp City Partnership (DTCP) has awarded a $500 matching grant to the building owner at 29 East Main Street, Donnie and Kristy Reis of Sweet By Kristy. The building was formerly a jewelry store, but the Reis’ renovated the store into a cupcake bakery and candy shop earlier in 2011. In July of 2011, DTCP also awarded Broadway Hair Studio and Company.
The DTCP Design Committee unanimously voted to honor the business’ request for matching grant funds after seeing a vast improvement in the building’s façade by replacing the broken storefront window and adding a new functional awning for this adaptive reuse renovation.
“The building and 2nd floor apartment were in poor condition before the Reis’ purchased the space. Not only do these enhancements promote a welcoming business, but provide an overall welcoming community for our historic downtown,” says Matt Owen, Executive Director of Downtown Tipp City Partnership.
The DTCP Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is designed to stimulate new investment, enhance business development opportunities and to attract new customers to the historic downtown area. The matching grant program reimburses the participant of an approved project for the cost of improvements to the property’s facade at the rate of 50% of those costs up to a maximum $500 grant. The program typically honors no less than two (2) recipients each year in the historic district.
The Downtown Tipp City Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Heritage Ohio with the mission to enhance, preserve, and promote downtown Tipp City. For more information, contact Matt Owen, Executive Director, at 937.667.0883 or visit www.downtowntippcity.org.