In 1994, a small group of progressive downtown business owners initiated the revitalization of downtown Enid. Gary Hulse, Lynn Smith, David Hume, Bob Berry and Todd Humphrey wanted to preserve their community.
The livelihood of downtown could not solely rely on retail business. "We wanted downtown to represent a focal point for all of Enid," said Hulse. "Members of the community take ownership in downtown," added Smith, "they think of downtown ans their downtown and they take pride in it.
In order for downtown Enid to be a destination spot once again, it needed a viable framework for an organized approach, and the application to become a Main Street community was accepted. Armed with a preserving spirit and led by a national organization, downtown Enid began its journey to revitalization when Main Street Enid opened its doors in June, 1994.
The same year, the very first Enid Lights Up the Plains, the community event the kicks off the Christmas season was created for residents and visitors to enjoy downtown Enid!
Lynn Smith took the initiative to renovate the facade of his building that housed his professional photography studio at 126 S Independence. This was the beginning of many facade renovations to come!