Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization that focuses on the revitalization of downtown Kent. Main Street Kent is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program. The City of Kent, Kent State University, local businesses, and community members support Main Street Kent. Main Street Kent has 15 board members and over 75 volunteers working to improve downtown Kent. Since Main Street Kent's formation in 2006, 17 new businesses have opened in downtown Kent, and a total of 24 new full-time jobs and 91 part-time jobs have been created. For every dollar Main Street Kent spends, $27 is returned in private investment.
Main Street Kent is an exciting and unique downtown that has something for everyone. From our popular Kent Stage featuring live concerts to our unique shops and restaurants. Kent has 6 Music Shops, an Art Gallery, 5 live music venues, 3 bakeries, an ice cream shop, 11 or more unique gift and clothing stores, A natural food store, an international food store, a toy store, 22 restaurants and 2 coffee shops.