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Visitors to Historic Downtown Medina Find a New Experience
Visitors to Historic Downtown Medina Find a New Experience


Folks who are familiar with Downtown Medina already know it has much to offer- historic architecture, cafés, shops, restaurants- however, new and returning visitors will find a pleasantly enhanced shopping experience this summer.

The Medina Downtown Business Association has added new, colorful welcome banners, each with a different photograph depicting nineteenth century life in Downtown Medina.

Mayor Andrew Meier is very pleased with the new signage.  “They are phenomenal additions to the historic business district.  They remind locals and visitors alike of our rich heritage and bright future ahead.” 

The banners are deep red and and dark blue, and feature dozens of historic photographs depicting life in the nineteenth century.  Photos include local railroad scenes, old store interiors/exteriors, architectural landmarks, and local people. 

In addition to the banners, the Business Association has also developed a comprehensive illustrated map of the Historic Downtown District.  

According to Cindy Robinson, President of the Medina Downtown Business Association and owner of The English Rose Tea Shoppe on Main Street, the new maps have been a hit.

"We have so many quaint shops to visit in our downtown district," said Robinson. "The new maps have made it much easier for visitors find them all and the feedback has been very, very positive."

Designed by local graphic designer, Renee Lama, the map features actual tiny numbered drawings of each individual building façade, information about what is located in each storefront, along with other business and historic information about downtown.  The likeness of each building is remarkable.

“The map is not only a work of art, but is a comprehensive guide for visitors wishing to explore the dozens and dozens of places Downtown Medina has to offer,” said Mayor Andrew Meier.  “It’s a great keepsake that visitors can take with them, hopefully reminding them to return and explore Medina again.”  

The collection of buildings in the Downtown Historic District appear on both the National and New York State Registries of Historic Places.  One needs only stand at any place along the wide thoroughfare and see why- a stunning collection of nineteenth century Italianate buildings built of brick and sandstone in a thriving business district. It is often billed as "an authentic American experience".

Arrayed along the historic thoroughfare are numerous shops and restaurants- everything from antiques to gourmet coffee, a tea shop, gourmet pizza, books, cookies, farm-fresh produce, breads and pastries, yarn, candles, chocolates, wine, gifts, and a bistro with a classically trained chef.

"Every year sees more and more tourists in Medina," said Mayor Meier.  "People are attracted because it's not a historical recreation- it's all real.  It's a living place where you can shop, interact with history, and feel connected. The addition of these banners and maps will certainly make for a more enjoyable and memorable experience."

Any time of year is a great time to visit this historic village.  While the community can be reached via the usual NYS routes (NYS 90 to Pembroke 48A to Rte. 77 and Rte. 63 to Medina; Rte. 31 straight to Medina; or Rte. 104 to Rte 63, south to Medina), fall foliage along the back roads of Orleans/Niagara offer not only spectacular fall color, but a bounty of fresh fruits (apples!) and vegetables from the farm stands that dot the route.

Cruise Nights featuring music, food, and dozens of classic cars occurs every Friday night throughout the summer in Medina's Canal Basin.

Bicycle and kayak rentals are also available at The Candle Nook, located on the canal in Downtown Medina.

Google map a scenic route that will take you winding along the Erie Canal to the village and motor along historic West Center Street (Rte. 31E from Middleport, NY) to see a magnificent collection of Victorian homes, or visit the Medina Railroad Museum at http://railroadmuseum.net/ and take a train ride to the historic museum located adjacent to the Downtown Historic District.

You can read more about Historic Downtown Medina here: http://orleanscounty.wgrz.com/news/public-spaces/59385-medina-where-history-lives

"Find yourself in Medina this summer," said the Mayor.  "We're waiting for you."

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