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Main Street Vermilion works toward growing, bettering, promoting and making our town a wonderful place to visit, live and do business.


What We Do

We work to support our downtown businesses through year-round marketing efforts and merchant-focused events. We host lively community-centered events including the Ice-A-Fair and the Vermilion Harbour Triathlon/Duatholon. We encourage historic preservation and keep our downtown beautiful through on-going projects organized by our committees: Vermilion in Bloom, Lighthouse Preservation, the Vermilion Arts Guild and Bridge2Bridge.

Explore Local History

A visit is always the best way to experience Vermilion and its long, rich history as a ship building town. Explore these online resources that provide stories, photos and information about our roots:

View Historic Photos
Historic Photos of the People of Vermilion
City of Vermilion
Stories of Vermilion  

What is Main Street?

Since 2000, Main Street Vermilion, a part of the National Main Street movement, has promoted economic development, historic preservation and continues to work to create a sense of place in our downtown district to attract and retain businesses and entrepreneurs, visitors and residents. We believe that our community is only as strong as our core, and the heartbeat of our success as a whole relies on the strength of our downtown.


The Main Street blueprint for downtown revitalization was developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which recognized a pattern of loss of historic commercial architecture and loss of community sense of history. To stop this trend, the trust (established in 1977) developed a model for downtown historic preservation, which encompasses a four-point approach that includes design, marketing, organization and business enhancement.

Over the past 35 years, the National Main Street Center has led the development of a national network of over 2,000 historic downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts: Main Street America™. The people who make up Main Street America are passionate advocates, dedicated volunteers, influential stakeholders and community organizers who work every day to turn the tide in their communities—catalyzing reinvestment, creating jobs, and fostering pride of place.

As a member of Heritage Ohio, Main Street Vermilion works through a 16-member volunteer Board of Directors. Much of what we do is accomplished by committees, hundreds of volunteers, organization partners and stakeholders, sponsors and donors.

Main Street Vermilion is a State and Nationally Accredited Main Street Program.

Main Street Vermilion is a 501c3 not for profit organization. We rely on our stakeholders, donors and sponsors for support. Would you like to join us? Learn more about our memberships, volunteers and donors.


Our Mission

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To create, develop and maintain a unique and thriving community with thoughtful preservation of the historic atmosphere and a progressive approach toward beautification.


Our Vision

To stimulate and promote economic development and neighborhood improvement throughout the City of Vermilion while maintaining the maritime heritage of the community.

Letter from the Director

Whether Vermilion is a traditional destination for you and your family and friends or if you're looking for somewhere new to explore along the Lake Erie shore, we're glad you're here! Main Street Vermilion is happy to introduce you to all there is to see, do and experience in our "Small Town On A Great Lake."

We liven up Vermilion with fun things to do and events that attract a crowd. And we add color to the community with flowers, trees and create public spaces that encourage gathering.

It's our focus to preserve and protect landmarks like the Vermilion Lighthouse. We also share and encourage the creativity through the arts and always look for ways to improve, beautify and add more features to the town where we live and you visit.

Looking for something to do, somewhere to go, eat or stay?  Wondering what we're up to today to make our community even more vibrant and welcoming?  We know you'll find it here. A stop in our Visitor Center comes with a smile, conversation and even more ideas for how to make your stay in our town a memorable experience.


Executive Director
Marilou Suszko

Board of Directors

Executive Director
Marilou Suszko

City Council Representatives
Barb Brady

Fred Miggins

Vice President
Eileen Bulan

Libby Williams

Gerald Schaefer

Mayor, City of Vermilion
Jim Forthofer

Board Members
Scott Dommin
Beth Eberhard
Dave Hoffman
Jonathan Hauck
Judy Kernell, Member Ex Officio
Judy Klucas
Suzi Piskur
Reenie Rak
Pam Reese
Sue Richards
Suzanne Zadell