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Tidbit Tuesday- March 2, 2021

The Charles Over Mansion, 825 E Washington St, Muncie, IN 47305

The Hageman House, 608 E Washington St, Muncie, IN 47305

The Moore-Youse Home Museum, 122 E Washington St, Muncie IN 47305

Other homes in this area for sale include;

907 E Washington Street

719 E Washington Street

616 E Washington Street

I bet you’re wondering, “What do all of these properties have in common?”

  1. They’re all really old.

  2. They’re all in Muncie.

  3. They’re all on Old Washington Street in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District.

Starr Real Estate has properties and agents that span across ten counties in Indiana, however Muncie has been home to our main office since 2011. Home to historical attractions like Ball State University, Minnetrista, Cardinal Greenway, the David Owsley Museum of Art, Prairie Creek Reservoir and Campground, and an artistically aesthetic downtown life that continues to grow and thrive. Muncie is becoming well known in the midwest as a city of potential and opportunity. Pre-Covid Era, the downtown hustle and bustle here included monthly festivals and celebrations that became traditions the residents and families here looked forward to for years, even decades. Festivals and events that connected the community in-person in an age when technology and social media so easily isolate us.

One specific festival that I would like to highlight for #OldStuffDay is the Old Washington Street Festival.

The Old Washington Street Festival is designed for the community to come together and appreciate as well as learn about local small businesses, independent artists to sell or showcase their work and talents, and for vendors to sell delicious fried fair foods we crave all year round. The entertainment lineups never disappoint, and serve as a fun way to spend a weekend with friends and family. You can visit the link below which directs you to a website with more information, however the Old Washington Street Festival Facebook Page dedicated to this event is the most current way to find up to date information about what is going on.

Unfortunately due to Covid-19, in 2020 the two-day, September festival was canceled. Currently, the committee has not released it’s plans for this year's event.

Like any festival, there are options to volunteer or sponsor the event, this is one of many gateway opportunities for companies to get recognized and advertise, as well as get to hear the needs and desires of their potential customers/ clientele.

Some of the small businesses and owners that have committed themselves to events such as these in downtown Muncie include artists and companies inside the MadJax building located at 515 E Main Street, just around the corner from where the festival begins. MadJax is home to programs such as Beyond I Can, student-run business organizations such as Book Arts Collaborative, and Tribune Showprint with chairperson Kim Miller, who in the past won the Mayor Arts Award for being an outstanding maker. There are also rentable professional daily office and meeting spaces, hair/beauty salons, and rentable crafting spaces for artists to create. Purdue also utilizes some of this building's space for classes, and the Guardian Brewing Company has helped attract a lot of business here as well. MadJax Muncie also has it’s own Facebook Page with updated information about most local events in Muncie.

The truth behind the investments being made here is that it’s roots all began with the small businesses that have carried the community on their backs and fought hard through their own financial and competitive struggles to come together and highlight all of the best parts of Muncie that can be cosmetically overlooked.


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