Urban Nights highlights downtown Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Downtown Dayton, the Oregon District and Wright-Dunbar Business Village were the places to be Friday night for Urban Nights.

The on and off rainy weather had many wondering if the big event would go on and indeed it did.

Organizers said despite any potential inclement weather, they would proceed with their plans, which took months to coordinate.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership expected 30,000 people to attend the free event.

The event hopes to put a spotlight on downtown areas and organizers hope people will see the value they add to downtown’s economy when they shop local.

“Businesses have huge nights every time we have a Urban Nights. They always report obviously that they have amazing sells and it’s a chance for them to put their best foot forward and remind people that they’re there and that they have these amazing deals and these really great shops and products that they want to feature,” said Valerie Beerbower with Downtown Dayton Partners.

Several artists and guilds like the Miami Valley Lampwork Bead Artists (MVLBA) returned to support the community and showcase their craft.

“It’s wonderful. It’s wonderful to be in Dayton to be selling locally to the people.  The prices are excellent because it’s coming right from the artist and we get to see people like it. It’s like having a play and being able to hear the audience’s reaction to it,” said Martie Meratla, a show coordinators with MVLBA.

New this year were three hotspots that featured the arts: “Fashion Blvd.” on St. Clair Street, “Street Art” on Second Street and “Live Five” with live bands and music on Fifth Street.

The event also included  dining and drinking venues, some exclusive art gallery displays and even tours of downtown apartments.

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