Check back here for the most recent news and updates about our redevelopment progress, announements about new stores and tenants, and upcoming events at The Opera Block.

Farm Charm Bringing Vintage Handmade and Home Décor to Opera Block

September 30, 2022 – Farm Charm has been a long running staple of Downtown Bellefontaine for years. Owner Barb Cooper has been in the antique and retail industry for almost 10 years, starting as a vendor at various fairs, festivals, and markets around Logan and Champaign County. Barb started with booths in Huckleberry’s in Urbana and quickly expanded to Kaleidoscope, […]

Destination Chocolate and Gift Store, Queen of Hearts, Opening Soon in the Historic Opera Block

September 9, 2022 – Shary Duff is no stranger to the Downtown Bellefontaine retail scene. For over fifteen years, she owned and operated Peach Tree Books & Company, a destination boutique in itself that featured lines such as Waterford Crystal, Swarovski, and Vera Bradley. After stepping back from retail for a few years, Shary is back with a new store […]

Glitter & Grit at the Opera Newest Retail Shop in the Historic Opera Block

On August 5th, in collaboration with First Friday’s Art and Wine Walk in Downtown Bellefontaine, you’ll see a little more glitter at 129 S. Main St. Downtown’s newest retail shop, Glitter & Grit at the Opera, opened its doors for the first time during the festive occasion for locals and visitors with the complimentary option to try loom weaving on […]

The New Bellefontaine: Locals Bring New Life to Small Town Through Downtown Rejuvenation

By Walker Evans Renovated historic apartment buildings, hip local restaurants, quaint boutique stores and even a coworking spot and axe-throwing venue. No, we’re not talking about the Short North or Easton Town Center or Bridge Park in Dublin. This is what you’ll find if you make a 60-minute drive northwest to Bellefontaine, Ohio (pop. 14,115). Over the past decade, a […]

Revival Design Studio wins two architecture design awards for the Flying Pepper, the Syndicate

Congratulations to our partner, Revival Design Studio, for award-winning design recognition for their work on The Flying Pepper Cantina and The Syndicate. On December 1, the American Institute of Architects Dayton presented the AIA Dayton Focus Design Awards to the Revival architectural and design firm with a Merit Award in the Interior Architecture category for their design at The Flying […]

New Axe Throwing Entertainment Venue Opening in Downtown Bellefontaine

Over the years, 139 S. Main Street Bellefontaine has been home to many familiar names and businesses, The Belle Theatre, Sears, James Floors and most recently the Silver Elephant. Later this year, it will soon be home to Axe Ventura – a veteran owned Axe Throwing venue and entertainment destination. The current tenant at the property, The Silver Elephant will […]

Small Nation Purchases Historic Opera & Empire Block Buildings in Downtown Bellefontaine

Bellefontaine-based real estate development firm Small Nation has acquired the Historic Opera & Empire Blocks in Downtown Bellefontaine. The three-story, 10 storefront building encompasses over 40,000 square feet and includes the addresses of 110-118 Court Ave, 125-137 S Main St.  The original structure was built in the late 19th century and is an iconic cornerstone of the downtown landscape situated […]

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