We are Ames Main Street

Ames Main­ Street

OR Downtown Ames?

We're Both!

In 2018 the Main Street Cultural District rebranded to Ames Main Street. We are the organization that serves the location known as Downtown Ames. Downtown Ames is more than just our Main Street, we are Douglas, Kellogg, Burnett, Clark, and 5th Street. We are Bandshell Park to the east, and Wheatsfield Cooperative to the west. We are the heart of Ames.

Ames Main Street is a Cultural & Entertainment District, an official designation from Iowa Cultural Affairs.

Our Affiliations

Ames Main Street is an affiliate of Main Street Iowa & Main Street America. As such, every business operating in the District is a member and has access to member benefits. This is only possible through the continued financial investment of individual, business, organizational, and City of Ames investment in our organization.

Ames Main Street is also an affiliate of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, and housed within the same building at 304 Main Street.

Main Street America
Main Street Iowa
Ames Chamber of Commerce

Our Vision

Downtown Ames aspires to be a unique and vibrant destination to live, work, and play. As the historic focal point, Downtown Ames will serve as a hub of art, culture, retail and entertainment for the entire Ames community. 

Our Mission

Advance and promote Downtown Ames as  the heart of the Ames community.

Our Goals

Showcase the vitality of arts and cultural venues, unique businesses, and the heritage of Downtown Ames.
Organize event and retail promotions that increase consumer patronage of the District.
Enhance partnerships among the public and private sectors: retail, culture, service and hospitality.
Maintain the District Environment with green spaces, public art, well-designed window displays, and convenient access for visitors.
Promote historic preservation development of buildings and infrastructure.

Retain current and recruit new businesses to create a healthy balance and variety of retail, professional, and service entities.

Discover the District

Downtown Ames is your one-stop shop for all your needs. With a hobby shop, grocery store, clothing options and home goods, you can complete your to do list right here!