Downtown merchant to benefit from ‘Fresh Paint Days’ grant

The Cranberry Merchant owner Chelsea Mize readies her store for Tuesday night’s paint party, courtesy of Claremore Main Street volunteers and a grant from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s Fresh Paint Days.

One downtown Claremore business will be getting a fresh coat of paint this week, thanks to Claremore Main Street volunteers and the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s Fresh Paint Days grant.

Volunteers will gather this evening to paint part of the interior of The Cranberry Merchant.

The “Paint Party” begins at 4 p.m. and continues through 9 p.m. Supplies, with dinner to be provided to volunteers, whether they’re able to give just an hour or stay for the duration.

All volunteers are welcome to participate.

“I’m excited to get right down to the ‘nitty gritty’ and help one of our businesses make this improvement,” said Jessica Jackson, director, Claremore Main Street. “We hope to see a lot of volunteers come out and show their support of downtown with a little sweat equity.”

The volunteer painters will be replacing green and maroon paint inside with recycled, almond-colored H-I-S paint provided by the grant.

Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I-S Paint and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. KOB, with the help of sponsors, provides the paint and a stipend for supplies; selected communities supply the volunteers. This program has helped to revitalize communities across Oklahoma with a fresh coat of paint.

The building in which The Cranberry Merchant operates is more than 100 years old.

Claremore Main Street and the Cranberry Merchant are among 47 participating groups working on the 66 chosen projects across the state.

H-I-S Paint and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful started the Fresh Paint Days program in 2005.

“H-I-S Paint is proud to have participated for the past 10 years in the Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma initiative, and we are eager to see the transformations for 2017,” according to Joe Cox, founder and CEO of H-I-S Paint. “We know that each gallon of paint that we donate helps to Keep Oklahoma Beautiful by transforming communities one building at a time.”

Claremore Main Street is dedicated to its mission to enrich downtown Claremore by promoting a healthy downtown economy and advocating for revitalization and historic preservation. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was established in 2002.

The Cranberry Merchant is located at 417 W. Will Rogers Blvd. in downtown Claremore.

For more information, call 918-341-5881 or e-mail mainstreet@claremore.org.

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