Since the 1800's MainStrasse has played a major role in Covington's development. This historically rich area appeals to a variety of residents, tourists, artists, and businesses. In fact, many of the residents in MainStrasse are also business owners, working out of their homes, or living above a retail or restaurant space. This charming and cozy neighborhood features unique business and eateries nestled among tree lined streets, park areas, a community pool, and historic homes, with most built between the 1840's and 1870's. With Urban living on the rise, the proximity to the cities of Cincinnati and Newport helps support a diverse mixture of young professionals, families, and life-long residents. The area is within walking distance of Devou Park, The Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Paul Brown Stadium, and Great American Ballpark. With so many surrounding attractions, MainStrasse has something to offer almost any taste or interest.
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MainStrasse is perhaps best known for a five block area known as the MainStrasse Village. This old German neighborhood was revitalized in 1977 through a $2.5 million federal grant into a German style village that includes the Sixth Street promenade, the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, and the charming Goose Girl Fountain.
In 1983, MainStrasse was named a National Historic District. Filled with over 40 businesses, the Village serves as the social and economic center of the neighborhood. The village plays host to multiple festivals, an antiques market, and the famous 127 Yard Sale that begins in Addison Michigan, passing through the Village on its way to Gadsden, Alabama. This lively and eclectic area draws neighborhood residents and visitors seeking live entertainment, casual or fine dining, a bohemian atmosphere, and a spectacular view of the Cincinnati Skyline.
The Village may draw crowds, but it is the residential areas that hold much of this neighborhood's charm. The sense of community is evident in the care shown by the homeowners, whose homes often boast historical plaques, aging wrought iron, ivy covered walls, or original stained glass windows. The residential streets are buzzing with new life as condominiums and multi-family homes fill the facades from the previous century. Community members are committed to helping maintain this area through participation in neighborhood clean-ups, sidewalk planters, and neighborhood organizations. MainStrasse boasts two opportunities for involvement, the MainStrasse Village Association and the Residents of MainStrasse Association. These organizations, for businesses and residents respectively, sponsor community events such as Maifest, Oktoberfest, and many other fun activities that help to bring neighbors closer together, and strengthening the ties between residents and businesses. The Mainstrasse organizations work regularly with the Center for Great Neighborhoods, Covington Neighborhood Collaborative, Renaissance Covington and Friends of Covington. These groups, working together, help to ensure that every resident of Mainstrasse can participate in the total Covington Experience!
The festivals, historic architecture, unique businesses, varying entertainment, exceptional cuisine, and the divers nature of this thriving and vibrant neighborhood will convince all who explore that Mainstrasse is one of Covington's crown jewel destinations.