From Old Town to Downtown...
McAlester, Oklahoma is home to TWO charming historic districts for your meandering pleasure!
Visit Old Town to find a delightful assortment of antiques and collectibles. Go Downtown to shop for apparel, home decor and gifts. Stop in either district for delicious food and drinks!
To keep up with sales and events,
What is Main Street?
McAlester Main Street exists to maintain and improve our historic districts, the heart of our community. Our goals include increasing activity in our districts, increasing profits for our members and increasing sales tax revenue for the community.
Our program is a public-private partnership with the City of McAlester, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Main Street approach has succeeded in communities throughout the nation.
Main Street's Four Point Approach
Main Street operates with a board of directors, a paid director, and committees of volunteers. The Organization Committee is responsible for uniting our community behind Main Street through membership and fundraising.
The Promotion Committee is responsible for branding our program and its districts and for promoting members through marketing activities, such as cooperative advertising and promotional events.
The Design Committee is responsible for improving our districts' environment through projects like landscape and facade improvements.
The Economic Restructuring Committee is responsible for business development programs to serve businesses and reduce vacancy.
Main Street's 8 Guiding Principles
Comprehensive - No single focus - streetscape, events or business recruitment - can sustain revitalization.
Incremental - Revitalization begins with simple activities and works toward more ambitious projects.
Self-help - Local leaders must mobilize local resources and talent.
Partnerships - Both public and private sectors have a vital interest and a role to play.
Identifying and capitalizing on existing assets - Districts must capitalize on the assets that make them unique.
Quality - Focusing on quality projects over quantity maintains a positive image.
Change - Public perceptions and practices can shift to support and sustain the revitalization process.
Implementation - Completing frequent, visible projects displays results.