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Expansive Properties Available in the Mid-Ohio Valley

Does your business require more room than it has available now? Are you setting aggressive objectives for 2019 that will require more manufacturing space or a bigger showroom? Are you seeking a change of scenery? We have several expansive properties available that we would love to showcase for you.

1320 Pike Street

Located just minutes from I-77, this property includes a a 15,000 SF Showroom and a 9,000 SF warehouse and service area. The entire building is in pristine condition and offers Non-Skid epoxy flooring, finished gypsum board walls, insulated ceilings, and updated LED lighting. 1320 Pike Street is located in a premier commercial district and is ideal for retail, office, or manufacturing.

View our video to get a good idea of what this property looks like, and be sure to contact us to learn more.

900 Greene Street

Looking for a property with immense potential? Our property at 900 Greene Street offers the perfect opportunity to imagine your own space. The 270,000 SF building is zoned industrial and rests on 13.5 acres. There is room on the property to build another structure as well. The floor plan is open with room for expansion, and we can always build to suit. Multiple truck docks and a roll up access door combine with a secure lot with fenced parking to offer plenty of accessibility and flexibility. Contact us today to learn more!

208 Acme Street

Acme Street is one of the busiest thoroughfares in Marietta, and this property is situated so that it offers excellent street visibility. The building offers 28,000 SF of combined office, retail, and light industrial space, so a multi-faceted business will be a perfect fit here. There are 4 loading/unloading docks, 2 large driven in/grade level doors, high ceilings, and an open floor plan. Be sure to contact us today if you are interested!

 

Even if you don’t see exactly what you have in your mind’s eye here, feel free to give us a call. We can offer you some ideas about these and other properties that we have available.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Marietta, What Was That Building

Awhile ago, we mentioned that we would be exploring what our downtown buildings housed in years past. We are still working on uncovering some history, but here are some interesting tidbits you might not know about downtown Marietta.

According to Dagmar Roberts Kupsche of The Cooks Shop, her current building was built in 1912 as The Triangle Store. The store got its name because it had three sections combined into the one business. Those three sections were furniture, music, and…wait for it…a mortuary! Imagine that list of errands as an early-twentieth century citizen of the town.

103-105 Putnam Street, around the time that The Triangle Store would have been around the corner.

These suave gentlemen are standing outside of what is now Campus Martius Museum, back in the 1940s.

Charlie Clay of Dads Primitive Workbench can trace many businesses back over the lifetime of his building. Charlie notes, “Our building here at Dad’s Primitive Workbenchis the only gingerbread store front downtown with only one level and a basement. It housed Mad Hen Primitives, Putnam Chocolate, the teddy bear store and Gallagher drug store.” Charlie notes you can still see traces of the Gallagher Drug Store hidden on the windows.

Baker and Baker is still around, but their merchandising has changed over the years.

This picture is dated to approximately 1875. Was your building standing on Front Street when this picture was taken?

These are just small details that we have been able to gather so far. Do you have any “hard to believe” tales about the building in which you do business? We would love to keep this topic moving throughout 2019!

All photos courtesy of the Harry Philip Fischer Collection, Marietta College Legacy Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ideal Industrial Warehouse

We are taking a brief break from our trip down history lane to tell you about a property that could be a solution to any number of problems your business is currently experiencing. We have an industrial warehouse for lease at 111 W. Montgomery Street, which is just off the bike trail in Marietta, Ohio.

The facility boasts all concrete floors, and there is an office space, a show room, and overhead storage. All utilities are on site, so beyond warehousing, this building can be used for a business as well. There is additional yard space where trucks or other vehicles could be parked.

While ideal for business usage, this property can also be used for personal boat storage or cold storage.

The entire space is 14,400 square feet, and, of course, if the desire is to build out the space we can assist with that. There are three drive-in bays as well.

This property can be useful as is, or you can let your imagination run wild and determine an out-of-the-box usage for the property. Either way, contact us today to learn more about this property and to schedule a time to visit it in person. The new year is coming. It’s time to try something new!

The German Roots of Marietta

Most stories about the history of Marietta focus on the Revolutionary War veterans who settled the area in 1788. Names like Putnam, Davis, and Wallace signify the predominantly English ancestry of Marietta’s first citizens. However, people of German descent gave back far more than you may realize to this region, as will be uncovered when we dig into the history of many buildings downtown.

One of the best resources to learn about Marietta’s German heritage is Jann Adam’s book, titled German Marietta and Washington County. The book takes you on a pictorial history of Marietta, and more particularly of families, businesses, and organizations of German descent. Beyond the pictures, however, there is a wealth of knowledge that can be gathered that might inspire you to look at Marietta through a new prism. Consider, for example, that there were once so many German businesses in downtown Marietta that there was actually a “Dutch Row.” Grocery stores, breweries, and banks were launched by people of German descent. People of German descent were behind much of the musical entertainment that Marietta hosted in the early 1900s.

Many of our properties can also point to German heritage. Mr. Biszantz, of the Bosworth-Biszantz House, was of German descent. The bankers who started the first bank housed in the Dime Bank Building were Germans. The Otto Brothers store, which you can see in so many historic photos of The Dime Bank Building, was a prominent business owned by Marietta’s of German descent.

Does your building have ties to Marietta’s German history? We would love to hear what you have learned!

What is the History of Your Building?

A great example of a ghost ad from Hidden Marietta. These kinds of ghost images remind us Marietta’s history runs deep.

The year 2018 is closing out. Downtown retailers and eateries are going to be swamped through the holidays, and Marietta has done a fantastic job of making the downtown area look jolly and festive, just in time! While there is a lot going on (there always is), we want to talk about a project that we would like to work on with you.

One of the wonderful things about Marietta is that you can see traces everywhere of businesses that used to exist. Hidden Marietta often posts about “ghost ads” to their Facebook page, for example. When we work on customizing spaces for new tenants, it does not take long to find layers of older plaster from businesses that once existed in the same spot.

Even though these reminders of the past are not hard to find, we suspect that most Marietta residents, and probably most downtown merchants, do not know exactly what was in the spot where current businesses are located now. We would like to change that!

Over the next several blog posts, we are going to tell you about the history of some of the properties we lease downtown. We don’t want to be the only ones talking, however. If you are a downtown merchant, we would love to have your help in exploring the history of your building. Our hope is that as a community we can put together a very detailed “then and now” picture of our increasingly vibrant downtown. If you would like help, we of course will be happy to oblige.

Why work on the history of Marietta now? It seems like a perfect time to reflect back on the history of our historic river town while also looking forward towards growth and change. Marietta celebrated its 230th anniversary in 2018. The People’s Bank Theatre will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2019, and the building that houses The Galley, The Adelphia, and The Hackett will be turning 120 years old. Baker & Baker celebrated its 100th anniversary in business this year, and Schafer Leather Store marked 150 years in business a couple of years ago. With all of that history, we know there will be rich diggings into our history. We are looking forward to working on this with you!

A Note of Gratitude from Promanco

All year long, we have had the privilege of talking about how proud we are to work in the beautiful, historic river town of Marietta, Ohio. The reality, however, is that we would not have anything to talk about were it not for our amazing tenants. We have had the tremendous privilege of saying “hello” to many new tenants over the course of 2018, and we also have enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate with companies that have been leasing from us for many years.

We would like to say “thank you” to Marden Rehabilitation, a company that has been situated at the very top of  The Dime Bank Building for over 22 years. Similarly, we would like to extend our gratitude to The Hair Hippie, Chelsea Holtz, who has been on the ground level of The Dime Bank Building since 2016. Both of these companies epitomize what the downtown spirit is all about. We appreciate their commitment to the community and the downtown area.

We would like to say “gracias” to the people at Tampico’s, who celebrated their twentieth anniversary this year. Tampico’s made it an eventful anniversary year with a remodel that included the addition of a new, beautiful bar and an outdoor patio area. We appreciate their dedication to making Marietta a more enjoyable and lively place via changes that will benefit the city for years to come.

Did you know that Duane Brannan of Brannan Insurance Agency has been a tenant of ours for an amazing 21 years? Jonathan Givens of Simple Pleasures has been our tenant for over twenty years, and the fine folks of Marietta Wine Cellars have been with us for over 18 years.

Whenever you make a list of people you want to thank, you always run the risk of leaving someone out. We certainly do not want to make that mistake, and we want to extend our sincere gratitude to all of you!

Thank you to everyone for making this a great year, and we hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is still more to come!

Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rareclass/27400840321/ via Creative Commons

Preventing Frozen Pipes and Other Winter Disasters

The popular HBO series Game of Thrones has made the phrase “winter is coming” a staple in every-day American culture. Marietta this year did not have a chance to utter those words as temperatures randomly plummeted from the high 80s down to the low fifties in one day. We have already seen our first snowflakes and we are greeted by frost in the mornings. Winter is not coming. Winter is here!

That being said, there is still time to prepare your homes for the consistently below-freezing weather that is still on its way. Here are some recommendations that we feel will be the most helpful over the long haul.

Keep faucets running — on low

During the polar vortex of 2014, many people suffered the inconvenience of frozen and even burst pipes. One of the tricks is to keep a little bit of water running if you know the temperatures are going to remain below freezing for a long period of time. The water doesn’t need to be a steady stream, just enough to produce some regular drops.

Change your furnace filters

Not only will changing out your filters help your furnace run more efficiently, you’ll also be able to rest peacefully knowing there isn’t dust and muck blowing all through your house. That is definitely a plus for a long winter!

Install storm doors and windows

We have talked about windows a lot on this blog, but it bears repeating. Most of your heat (or your air conditioning) can escape through poor-quality windows. Barring the ability to replace windows and doors, it is easy enough to at least add some foam around the edges, or anything else that can help keep the heat inside and the cold outside.

Put your air conditioner to bed

Make sure any excess water is drained away from your air conditioner. Turn any switches off, drain pipes and hoses, and make sure they are all tucked neatly away. Not only will this help during the winter but it will also help you be more energy-efficient when the air conditioner is needed once again.

Do not leave your thermostat on high when you leave the house

Even if you have warm furry pets, you can afford to turn down the heat a little bit when you leave the house in the morning. You can also turn down the thermostat a little when you go to bed. When you’re in bed you have lots of blankets available, which hopefully you do not carry around with you during the day (that would be very strange). Contacting Aardvark Communications will enable you to learn about an app that can help you control your thermostat no matter where you are. That means you could turn your thermostat down during the day and raise it up before you leave the office, which means by the time you get home everything will be warm and cozy again.

These are just a few ideas. What steps do you take to winterize your home? Let us know what we missed!

Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/14824334@N06/3257184221/in/ via Creative Commons

Marietta: A Presidential History

Image courtesy Marietta CVB

As we greet another Election Day here in Marietta, it’s interesting to look back at how intermingled the history of Marietta is with America’s political past.

George Washington is closely interwoven into Marietta’s history. As a young man, Washington helped survey much of the lands that comprise Marietta today. He likely camped along the river in what is now Reno. You can learn more about Washington’s time in the Mid-Ohio Valley here.

A Johnson Cook wrote to President Thomas Jefferson from Marietta in 1801. He promises to name his newly born son after the President, but also adds this fascinating little note: “I live in the thicket of your sworn enemies there is rarely a republikan in Marietta.” It’s hard to imagine that a famous President like Thomas was unpopular in his own day, but there you have proof. You can read the whole letter here.

Return J Meigs, Jr., in addition to being one of the first settlers of Marietta and an eventual Ohio governor, also ties Marietta to President James Madison. Madison tapped Meigs to be Postmaster General of the United States, a position in which Meigs excelled.

Both Teddy and Franklin D. Roosevelt visited Marietta at different times. TR came to Muskingum Park in 1912, and FDR visited in 1938 to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Northwest Territory founding.

Ronald Reagan spoke at Marietta College in 1980, and Sarah Palin stopped by during her Vice-Presidential Run.

The history of Marietta is an excellent prism through which the history of the United States can be viewed. In this 230th anniversary year of Marietta, it is important to note, as people head to the polls once again, that Marietta has been linked closely to national history from the time of its founding to the present day. That should certainly add some gravity to your trip to the polls.

Marietta, Ohio: A Celebration of Longevity

The Dime Bank Building, Marietta, Ohio

Businesses today usually get much adulation if they are able to celebrate a ten-year anniversary. Businesses that make it to twenty years promote their longevity and gained expertise. Businesses that last longer than twenty years seem like aberrations today, so when a business is able to celebrate fifty or one-hundred years, it’s truly a notable event.

One of the many very special aspects of Marietta, Ohio, is that there are several businesses and buildings that have survived for a century or more. One such company is Schafer Leather, which got its start back in 1867 and is still going strong today. Back in 2017 the business was able to celebrate the fact that it has been running continually since just after the American Civil War. Not many businesses can say that, and that kind of longevity in a small river town is particularly special.

Celebrating one century-old company for a small town would be enough, but Schafer Leather is not the only workhorse in Marietta. Baker & Baker, a jewelry store, is celebrating its centenary this very week. Beginning today (October 30) and lasting all week, the company will be celebrating by showcasing unique pieces and offering special discounts (great news for anyone looking for an amazing gift for that special someone).

While there are some businesses that can celebrate their longevity, there are even more buildings that are housing businesses new and old that have stood tall in Marietta for over a century. One of the most iconic is The Dime Bank Building, which was erected in 1904. After housing numerous banking operations, the Dime Bank Building is now home to several different boutique businesses.

Another building preparing to celebrate a milestone in 2019 is the building that today houses The Galley, The Adelphia, and The Hackett. Built as The New Riley Block by oil man John Hackett, the complex has seen many different kinds of businesses over its long life.

While Marietta continues to grow and flourish, it is hard not to be keenly aware of the town’s colorful and rich history when there are so many businesses and structures that hearken back to times gone by. Contact us today to learn what vacancies we have available in this beautiful, historic river town.

Halloween in the MOV

Fans of Halloween can finally rejoice – the best time of the year has arrived! There is an absolute flurry of activity happening over the next week across the MOV, so we thought we would gather together lists of these activities so you can go to one place for everything.

First, there are a couple of helpful lists that outline a lot of different events throughout Parkersburg and elsewhere in West Virginia and Ohio.

You can see up-to-date trick-or-treat times and events on the WTAP site here.

Clutch MOV also put together a comprehensive list which you can take a gander at here.

Along with these events, you can also enjoy the following special celebrations:

Ghost Tours at The Castle: Friday, 10/26, 7-8:30. Visit the Castle website or Facebook page for tickets.

Halloween in the Park: Saturday, 10/27 from 11:45-2:30 in East Muskingum Park, Marietta

Halloween Party/Costume Party at The Adelphia: Saturday, 10/27. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $10.

Ghost Tours at The Castle: Friday, 10/26, 7-8:30. Visit the Castle website or Facebook page for tickets.

Are there any events coming up that we missed? Please feel free to add to the list!

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