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Mix on Main draws revelers to Norman district

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Vilona Michael, marketing director for Mix on Main, poses for a photo in Norman, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. - GARETT FISBECK
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  • Vilona Michael, marketing director for Mix on Main, poses for a photo in Norman, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

Norman has streets, too.

After watching successful festivals taking over Hudson Avenue in Midtown, Western Avenue and even Hurd Street in downtown Edmond, Norman businesses are banding together to shine a light on their own shopping and entertainment district with Mix on Main this Friday.

But most of all, Mix on Main is about community building, marketing director Vilona Michael said.

“This event enables local businesses to begin conversations and partner with each other. It encourages individuals to step outside and meet their neighbors,” she said. “It’s the perfect time to mix and mingle with other Main Street friends and fans.”

That might sound more like a town hall meeting than a party, which is why Mix also promises lots of live music, interactive gaming trucks, glow golf, shopping and a bevy of food and drink options.

There are plenty of businesses that make Main their home, and they wanted a way to remind their city and the surrounding area what they have to offer, Michael said.

Gina Mitchell, owner of Mitchell’s Jewelry, 2201 W. Main St., said Main Street has never been more vibrant but Mix on Main is an opportunity to bring new people to the area.

The addition of music, food trucks and wine and beer tents will only enhance their draw, she said. It’s also an opportunity to collaborate with neighbors. Music will be provided by students and bands from McMichael Music, which offers kids of all ages instruction on instruments and vocals. There will be three stages, including some singer-songwriters performing acoustic sets. Bands playing include The Lion Bandits, Dr. Silence, Absolute Zero and Truth Uncommon.

“One of my favorites, Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails, will be serving delightful bites in our store and will be set up outside with beer and wine,” Mitchell said.

Other food options at Mix include Big Truck Tacos, Eskimo Sno, Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs, The Candy Basket, La Baguette and Abbey Road Catering.

Wine and jewelry probably appeal more to the adult shopper, but Oklahoma National Guard Sgt. Michael Canaday said they’re planning to make Mix fun for the younger set, too.

A gaming trailer will set up in front of the Army National Guard recruiting office at 2115 W. Main St. with Xbox One and Playstation 4 games for all ages to enjoy. Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City will also set up outside so gearheads can peruse.

Canaday said this kind of event is important to help make Norman a real home for residents.

“Being a part of the Norman community is sometimes taken for granted,” he said. “Many of us gather with our friends, family, schoolmates and work associates and head out to enjoy all the cool events outside of Norman, knowing it will be there when we get back. We forget that, as a community, if we don’t stick together and support each other, that community may disappear.”

The inaugural Mix is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday on Main Street between 24th Avenue NW and Mercedes Drive.

 

Print headline: Mix ’em up, Norman businesses bring a sense ofcommunity back to Main Street.

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