When it comes to successes making the right choice of the right individual for the job is half the solution. When the folks at Main Street Portsmouth chose Joseph Pratt to be their leader, they knew exactly what they were doing.
Saturday I attended the Art on the Street event on Second Street and was greatly impressed. Of course it takes a lot of dedicated volunteers to make something a success, but it also requires someone on top who has a passion for art and entertainment, and that is Joseph Pratt’s forte.
What I noticed is how alive the Boneyfiddle section of town has become. On that day, one could have fired a shotgun down Chillicothe Street and never put anyone in danger, but when I turned onto Second Street, the reality hit me. The Second and Market streets section of Portsmouth is more alive than any other section.
People have opened a variety of businesses, cleaned up old properties and opened their doors to customers from all over. People come from as far away as Cincinnati and Columbus to shop for the one-of-a-kind merchandise in the Main Street Portsmouth area. If you have never been to the top of Ghosts in the Attic, you have never seen the breathtaking views from all angles.
When you stop into one of the Boneyfiddle area stores you might be greeted by someone strumming a guitar like the extremely talented Nevada Hart and Mandy Hart. To throw in a plug, Nevada has a new CD which you have to hear.
Stephanie DeWitt’s Georgian Portraits has a great mixture of antique and modern settings for outstanding photos. Glenda Simmerling, a Main Street committee member doubles as a vocalist, backed by her son Josh Cooper on guitar.
I can’t begin to promote all of the businesses, but I can tell you, it is a great getaway right smack dab in the middle of your hometown and if you miss it, you are missing a lot.
If it has been a while since you shopped the Boneyfiddle district of Portsmouth, you will be pleasantly surprised and part of the credit has to go to the man they have called on to lead them, Joseph Pratt. I believe in the mission and the future of Main Street Portsmouth.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.