Music on Main donations tax deductible

Claremore Main Street offers an opportunity to support the community in a tangible way while also reaping the benefits of tax deductible donations.

Music on Main is an initiative is designed as a crowdfunding project to raise funds to install 12 speaker sets on current light poles in downtown Claremore. Now one month in, the project has raised $5,000 of the $25,000 goal.

“We know that music is a powerful psychological mood enhancer, and we’d like to see that joy brought to our downtown,” said Jessica Jackson, Main Street Executive Director. “Right now at the end of the year is the perfect time to give for two reasons.”

Given that the donation is going to a 501c3 nonprofit organization – Claremore Main Street – 100 percent of the donation is tax deductible.

“This request comes just in time for folks to give and claim it on the 2017 taxes for the biggest benefit,” Jackson said. “Secondly, every dollar donated is doubled through a National Main Street Center grant right now. The more we raise now, the more contributed on the national level.”

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Once the project is completed and paid for, today’s popular music or a holiday hit will play during regular business hours for those sitting on a bench or wandering through the downtown.

During downtown events like Dickens on the Boulevard or Food Truck Thursday, music, bands and announcements from the stage will play throughout the three blocks.

Corporate sponsors – who’s donations will be used later in the drive as an individual match – include the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association, Claremore Museum of History, District on Main, RCB Bank and Grand River Dam Authority.

Claremore Main Street is dedicated to its mission to enrich downtown Claremore by promoting a healthy downtown economy and advocating for revitalization and historic preservation. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2002.

For more information, call Jackson at 918-341-5881 or email .

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Souper Saturday sipping, sales back in January

As the weather begins to turn colder, taste buds start craving warm soups and stews. Enter: Souper Saturday.

Back for the second year, Souper Saturday is a soup tasting and shopping event in the heart of Claremore.

A total of 15 participating stores will be cooking up their favorite soup or stew recipes and serving them to event attendees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 6.

“Souper Saturday is back by popular demand,” said Sheila Giannelli, president of the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association. “Last year we had a lot of traffic and a lot of great soups.”

Tasting kits are required. They are limited and on sale now for $8 or two for $15. An early bird special of $7 a kit runs from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22.

The kits include a specialty mug, a bottle of water, a spoon, a menu, a tasting wrist band and an opportunity to taste 15 delicious soups and stews.

Tasting kits are available at The Cozy Cottage, 514 W. Will Rogers Blvd., The Grapevine, 404 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Rhapsody Boutique & Spa, 318 W. Will Rogers Blvd., or online here.

Additionally, guests are encouraged to vote for their favorite soups. The business with the most votes will earn bragging rights on the street and a roving trophy to keep until next year.

Last year, The Haberdashery won with their broccoli cheese soup. Runners up were Cozy Cottage’s broccoli cheese soup and MoreClaremore’s pumpkin chili.

“We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and trying this year’s entries,” Giannelli said.

Participating businesses are The Burlap Closet (Taco Soup), Centsible Spending (Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Bisque), The Cozy Cottage (Potato Soup), The Cranberry Merchant, Crystal Pistol Boutique (Beef Stew), Dorothy’s Flowers (Cowboy Stew), The Farmhaus (Chicken Noodle), Frosted Cake Studio (Potato Soup), The Grapevine (Tortilla Soup), The Haberdashery, LoliPop: A Sweet Boutique (Japanese Noodle Soup), MoreClaremore (Full Moon Café Tortilla Soup), Rhapsody Boutique & Spa (Corn Chowder), Sailor Antiques and Collectibles (Cheeseburger Soup) and Willow Tree Mall (Cabin Fever).

Souper Saturday is an event by the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association. It is being held in conjunction with 1st Saturday Downtown, a monthly downtown-wide sale.

For more information, email the DCMA at .

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Cash Mob supports local business at Christmas, local crowdfunding project

Cash Mob shoppers finished their Christmas shopping early after a small but mighty group took over Outwets Home Décor for the December Cash Mob.

Shoppers flocked from the Claremore Main Street office across the street to Outwest Home Décor, 418 W. Will Rogers Blvd., spending nearly $1,000 grabbing gifts for loved ones to put under the tree or decorations to make their homes more festive.

“I want to thank everyone who participated in Cash Mob this month,” said Jenny Meeks, owner of Outwest. “It’s really a boost when you need it the most. It’s hectic, but mostly it’s fun!”

Cash Mob is bimonthly shopping ‘mob’ where participants gather and then, as a group, “mob” a downtown store chosen at random, spending $20 in that store. Hundreds of dollars are pumped into the local economy in 45 minutes.

The mob also benefits a local nonprofit or cause voted on by the attendees. In December, there was a tie between Toys for Tots and Claremore Main Street’s Music on Main initiative, which is a crowdfunding project to get speakers in downtown to play ambient music throughout the shopping hours.

With the unprecedented tie, Meeks was able to make the tie-breaking decision. She voted for Music on Main.

“The project is going to enhance our downtown. Music on the streets helps everyone. People always comment about how much they love mine,” said Meeks, who has music both right outside her store and inside.

To support the cause, donate online here. Right now, 100 percent of individual donations are doubled through a National Main Street Center grant.

The Cash Mob was sponsored by Kevin Fortna, CPA. Claremore Main Street has hosted Cash Mob for years as a way to promote shopping local, small business success and a pay-it-forward attitude.

Exclusive ornaments for sale to support revitalization

Claremore residents and others who love the community can purchase their own limited edition, specialty ornament featuring downtown Claremore now through the end of the year.

They feature downtown staples like the Will Rogers Hotel, Will Rogers statue, railroad tracks and Route 66. The ornament says “Downtown Claremore” and “Season’s Greetings 2017.”

At just $10 each, the ornaments are also perfect stocking stuffers. Only 200 were produced, so interested parties are encouraged to get theirs while supplies last.

The ornaments are a fundraiser for Claremore Main Street and go to the support the ongoing revitalization of downtown Claremore.

Ornaments are on sale now at the Main Street office, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., and in four downtown stores – The Cozy Cottage, The Grapevine, The Haberdashery and The Willow Tree Mall.

Ornaments will also be on sale Dec. 15 at West Bend Winterland from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Downtown Façade Grant applications due Dec. 31

Claremore Main Street seeks applications for two remaining $1,000 matching grants for façade improvements within the organization’s downtown district.

The Façade Grant Program already has proved to be successful as the organization has awarded two grants for $1,000 each since it was announced in April.

The program has quarterly deadlines for building owners to apply when it is most convenient for them. The next deadline is Dec. 31.

“We have received strong applicants to date and are proud to have been able to award two recipients – seeing one project through to finish and another in the works,” said Jessica Jackson, director of Claremore Main Street. “These grants are designed to give property owners even more incentive to complete the projects they’re already working on.”

The grant, which matches the investment made on the exterior of downtown properties dollar-for-dollar, consists of $1,000 matching grants. Two are remaining for the fiscal year that ends June 30, 2018.

The inaugural recipient was Carol Thibodeau, owner of Rhapsody Boutique & Spa, 318 W. Will Rogers Blvd., for a new awning on the building’s storefront. The awning was installed last month.

“I am thankful for the Main Street Façade Grant, which enabled me to fulfill my dream of having a black-and-white striped awning on my storefront,” Thibodeau said. “The awning perfects the look I was hoping to achieve.”

In October, Claremore Main Street awarded a grant to the Rogers County Historical Society for help paying for the repairing, caulking, re-glazing and painting windows and trim at the Belvidere Mansion, 121 N. Chickasaw Ave.

Applications must be completed in full, including a detailed description of the project, bids or quotes and photos, and be turned in by the deadline. Applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by mid-Jannuary.

“We are thrilled with the movement we’ve seen downtown already, so the Economic Vitality committee created this grant to help be a part of that,” Jackson said. “The goal is to enhance the visual appeal of the building while increasing property value and preserving the building’s historic character.”

Eligible improvements include masonry work, window and door repair or replacement, some exterior painting and repair of some awnings, exterior lighting and signage and removal of non-historic materials.

Applications will be given priority if they prove high visual impact, historic or architectural integrity, lasting improvements and are on an active street front.

Projects must be completed within six months of the award notification. Applicants must be in the current Claremore Main Street boundaries.

Applications should be turned into Claremore Main Street’s office, 419 W. Will Rogers Blvd., or emailed to on or before Dec. 31. The Claremore Main Street office will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 29 and will not reopen until Jan. 2. Emails can be submitted until midnight central standard time on Dec. 31.

Claremore Main Street is dedicated to its mission to enrich downtown Claremore by promoting a healthy downtown economy and advocating for revitalization and historic preservation. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2002.

For more information, call Jackson at 918-341-5881 or email . Applications and a map of the boundaries can be downloaded online at here.

There’s another downtown grant, too! Get information about the Downtown Claremore Merchant Association Giving Back Grant.

Merchant Association announces Giving Back Grant

The Downtown Claremore Merchant Association recently announced the Giving Back Grant, which helps downtown merchants improve their buildings and stores.

The Giving Back Grant includes two $250 and one $500 grant to be used for interior or exterior fixtures, exterior painting, signage or to use toward the Claremore Main Street Façade Grant Program.

Giving Back Grants do not require a grantee funding match to qualify, but projects do need to be completed with reimbursement receipts submitted within six months of the award notification.

The deadline for the grants is Dec. 31. They should be submitted via email to or in person at Willow Tree Mall, 409 W. Will Rogers Blvd.

Boundaries for the grant are within the Downtown Claremore National Historic District, which includes all three blocks of W. Will Rogers Blvd. from Lynn Riggs to Muskogee and from 4th Street to the alley between Patti Page and Will Rogers.

The DCMA was started by downtown merchants to bring awareness to downtown shopping, dining and businesses through organized events.

Throughout the year, the DCMA has hosted fundraisers — including photos with Santa Claus, Easter Bunny photos and a Souper Saturday event — to build up a financial base to give back with grants and other contributions.

The DCMA also started Food Truck Thursday and currently partners with Claremore Main Street to host the event series seasonally during the summer months.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts, the DCMA is a corporate sponsor for Claremore Main Street’s Music on Main project, designed to raise money through crowdfunding efforts to purchase speakers to play music downtown. The sponsorship will provide matching funds to individual donors later this month.

For more information about the Giving Back Grant or for a copy of the application, email .