A Moment with a Champion, United Bank

United Bank in Downtown Parkersburg joined our Partner Program at the end of May this year. The Partner Program was designed to “help move our organization forward in terms of financial diversification and serve as a way to connect the community to our mission”, says Wendy Shriver, executive director of Downtown PKB. Interested community members and businesses of any size can become a Partner of Downtown.

United Bank employs 200 people and assist approximately 75 organizations through volunteerism, donations and sponsorships. In addition, they are committed to offering small business and commercial lending solutions, as well as the development of affordable housing. We took some time to sit down with United Bank and talk about their outlook on Downtown Parkersburg and its importance to their business’s success.


Q: What interested United Bank about Downtown PKB’S Partner Program?

A: United Bank’s history begins in Parkersburg. United recognizes the importance of thriving communities. We build strong relationships with organizations that support the viability of the communities we serve, such as Downtown PKB. Parkersburg is our hometown and we proudly support it.


Q: As a member of Downtown PKB’s Executive Board, what is something you believe businesses, organizations, and the community should know about Downtown Parkersburg?

A: Downtown Parkersburg is an exciting and thriving area. The Downtown Parkersburg community works tirelessly to continue to make Downtown Parkersburg attractive to prospective businesses and to support those already located downtown.


Q: Why is a vibrant downtown important to United Bank?

A: A vibrant downtown creates new business opportunities for United Bank, as well enriches our community through job creation, economic growth and development.


For more information on how you or your business can support Downtown PKB by joining our Partner Program, visit our website at downtownpkb.com/donate.

Downtown PKB promotes downtown Parkersburg, fosters economic opportunity and creates community vitality. The goal is to create a vibrant commercial district that will provide downtown businesses, workers and nearby residents with the goods and services they need, as well as create educational, entertainment and tourism opportunities.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact Courtney at courtney@downtownpkb.com.

Coming Back to Downtown PKB

As a recent graduate from Ohio Northern University and from Marietta, Ohio I am pleased to be the new Events and Marketing Coordinator for Downtown PKB. Last summer I had the opportunity to intern at Downtown PKB, an opportunity I will never regret. A year ago, I was originally supposed to go to Cleveland, but I chose a different route, a route that I am happy I chose.  I completed my internship experience, finished my last year of college, graduated and found my way back to an organization I have grown so fond of.

Downtown PKB, a nonprofit organization, opened my eyes and mind to a variety of marketing techniques and networking opportunities last summer. I look forward to taking what I have learned at Ohio Northern and from last summer, and applying it to my position at Downtown PKB while growing in my professional field. Besides the work side of Downtown PKB, I am excited to get involved in committees and monthly board meetings, as well with the community itself.

Before being introduced to Downtown PKB, I had no knowledge of the National Main Street Organization or those similar to its kind. Downtown PKB has taught and showed me what it takes to bring business in to Downtown Parkersburg, but also to promote Downtown Parkersburg for what is already has. I live right across the river and there were numerous things I didn’t know was here. It goes to show how powerful marketing and social media is in today’s society and how every business, small or big, needs to utilize it.

Downtown PKB has been a great learning experience and internship opportunity, and I know serving as the Events and Marketing Coordinator will hold the same value.  I am so thankful that I got the opportunity to work at Downtown PKB and with Wendy again. I look forward to the adventure that awaits me in the future at Downtown PKB.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact me at courtney@downtownpkb.com.


Parkersburg Bike to Work Day Scheduled for May 19th

On Friday, May 19th, Parkersburg residents are encouraged to ride their bike to their place of employment where it is safe to do so.  If you work downtown and do not feel comfortable going alone, please come join the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board.  The Bicycle Advisory Board will be hosting a group ride starting at the City Park Pavilion and then riding to Highmark West Virginia in downtown Parkersburg.  This year, the ride will use the Cross Town Bikeway (CTB).  Both experienced and novice riders are welcome.  Please meet the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board at the City Park Pavilion by 6:45am.  The group ride will start at 7:00am.  Once downtown, all riders will be treated to a light breakfast sponsored by Highmark West Virginia.  The Bicycle Advisory Board thanks Highmark West Virginia for hosting the breakfast and encourages Parkersburg residents to use this opportunity to utilize existing trails in our City.

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Bike to Work Day is one of several events happening nationwide to raise awareness about the social, economic and environmental benefits of cycling. Bike to Work Day is promoted by the League of American Bicyclists. 

Exciting things are happening in downtown

“There is simply no more cost effective, economic development program, of any type, on any scale, anywhere in the country than Main Street.”  --Donovan D. Rypkema, Economics of Historic Preservation

It is an exciting time to be engaged with Downtown PKB. We’re hearing every day from community members, volunteers, and just those walking down Market Street – “boy, there’s a lot happening down here.” The recent activity (five new businesses already in 2017, eight in 2016, weekend-after-weekend of successful events and business promotions) are not happening by accident or coincidence.   They are the direct result of hard work by staff and volunteers, collaboration among city and county leaders, partnerships with coordinating services, and community members themselves to get engaged with downtown.

This is not the time to stand back and watch. It is the time to jump in – whether as a volunteer at an event, as a consumer at one of restaurants or shops, or as a financial partner. We are experiencing tremendous growth and the opportunities ahead are endless.

Here are just a few ways you can join us in this important work:

Volunteer during our Clean-Up Green-Up Day on Saturday, May 20th. We’ll meet at 9am in front of the Point Park Marketplace and provide everything you need to help make our downtown beautiful. This day is made possible through a grant from BB&T’s Lighthouse Initiative and the Wood County Solid Waste Authority. Free lunch will be provided for all volunteers. RSVP through the Facebook event.

We are also still seeking volunteers for the Taste of Parkersburg. The deadline to sign-up is May 19th. You can find more information at www.downtownpkb.com/volunteer

Attend the first Point Park Concert Series concert on Friday, June 2nd at the Point. Admission is free and food/beverages will be available for purchase.  The Point Park Concert Series title sponsor is Aspire Salon, located on Market Street. For a complete list of our other generous business sponsors, visit our website at www.downtownpkb.com/concert

Purchase tickets for the 12th Annual Taste of Parkersburg on Saturday, June 3rd. Sip and savor the flavor as you enjoy samples of food, wine and beer from some the best restaurants and vendors in the Mid-Ohio Valley. A very limited number of reserved tables are also still available. Find more information at www.downtownpkb.com/top

Partner with us. In February, we launched a brand-new Partners Program that invites individuals and corporations to make a tax-deductible donation to Downtown PKB and enjoy exclusive benefits such as early ticket purchases, unique advertising opportunities and much more. Find more information at www.downtownpkb.com/donate

Consider a move to downtown. Are you looking to open a second location for your business? Are you considering a move? Thinking about opening a new business? Contact us to explore your downtown options and discover the many ways your business will thrive in a growing downtown.

Market St. Merchants & Artists Walk

A collaborative event between Artsbridge and Downtown PKB, the first-ever Market Street Merchants & Artists Walk will bring together local downtown merchants, arts groups and area artists in an effort to continue adding interesting and lively events to downtown, while promoting the arts.

With over 20 stops along the Walk, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  Event Chair, Karen Waller, expressed her delight in having so many participants in the first year. “This has really caught on better than we had hoped and I’m delighted to have so many great businesses and organizations participating. Those who attend will have a great time, I’m sure,” Waller said.

Participants can start at any point on the map, depending on what they are looking for. The event stretches from the 1100 block of Market Street to the Point Park Marketplace. Locations will be up and running at 6:00 p.m. and the Walk itself will wrap up at 8:00 p.m. Everyone is then invited to gather at the Point Park Marketplace for a free performance from The MIXX Band from 8-10pm.

From live music, to handmade crafts, art, and children’s entertainment, the event will feature both local and regional artists from a variety of backgrounds. Vendor showcases will be located at both Artsbridge and the Point Park Marketplace, offering a unique assortment of shopping opportunities.

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Participants in the event include:

·         Parkersburg Brewing Company: DIY Artist Erica Ash

·         The Coffee Bar: Live music from Anthony Mossburg

·         Crystal Café

·         DownTown Specialty Bakery: Cakeoke - sing karaoke and enjoy a free cupcake!

·         Mango Latin Bistro: Live music from Jake Dunn and artwork from local artists

·         The Blennerhassett Hotel: “Wright Stitches” from artisan Kim Wright

·         Point Park Marketplace: Vendor Showcase and live music from MIXX Band

·         Parkersburg Art Center: Smoot Theatre Children’s Choir, Jazz Quartet and children’s art activities

·         Actors Guild of Parkersburg: Professor Bubblemaker’s Eclectic Entertainments

·         Market St. YMCA: Showcase of handmade items

·         Artsbridge: Vendor Showcase

·         Aspire Salon: In-house make-up artist

·         Classic Plastics Toy Store: Cartoonist JD Williamson

·         NOE Office Supply: Mike Penn

·         The Framing Gallery: Kristie Garrison

·         GFWC Parkersburg: Demonstrations by member artists

·         Trinity Episcopal Church: Fine Junque Sale

·         Parkersburg Day Nursery: Showcase of children’s artwork and puppet show

·         Market Street Antiques

·         Conley Law Office

·         Chams Lebanese Cuisine

·         Edward Jones Financial Advisor JC Rutter: Live music from Matt Enoch

·         Highmark: Music and art demonstrations from employees

More information can be found on the Downtown PKB website along with a link to the Facebook event and interactive map: www.downtownpkb.com