Gardiner Main Street Program

It began with a vision – of a revitalized downtown Gardiner, throbbing with life, teeming with art and innovation, aglow with carefully preserved historic architecture, activity and commerce.

Four-Point Approach

Over the past decade, that vision has blossomed into a wonderful reality. Gardiner Main Street was designated as a Nationally Certified Main Street Community in May 2004 as a result of successfully following the Main Street four-point approach.

One of the first Main Street programs in the State of Maine, the Gardiner Main Street organization was created to foster our downtown’s economic and cultural vitality through concentrated efforts of design, organization, promotion and economic revitalization, while protecting the city’s unique historic character.

This four-point approach, developed by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street program, is a comprehensive, long-term, incremental strategy tailored to the local needs and opportunities of the community. The Gardiner Main Street organization has formed four committee teams that meet regularly to address these four broad areas and implement annual work plans; for more information on the activities of each team, simply click the heading.

Streetscape Team
Contact co- chairs Robert Abbey at [email protected] or Dawn Thistle at [email protected] for more information

Enhancing the physical appearance of the commercial district by rehabilitating historic buildings, encouraging supportive new construction, developing sensitive design management systems, and developing long-term planning.

Organization Team
Contact Julie Armstrong, Chair at [email protected] for more information

Building consensus and cooperation among the many groups and individuals who have a role in the downtown revitalization process.

Promotions Team
Contact Clare Marron, Chair at [email protected] for more information

Marketing the traditional commercial district’s assets to customers, potential investors, new businesses, local citizens and visitors.

Business Development Team
Contact John Callinan Chair at [email protected] for more information

Strengthening the district’s existing economic base while finding ways to expand it to meet new opportunities — and challenges from outlying development.

Get Involved!

We need your help to sustain the Gardiner Main Street initiatives… and invite you to join a committee, volunteer for events, or make a donation! For volunteer opportunities, email [email protected], or call 207.582.3100.

Open Invitation

Feel free to come to a committee meeting or board meeting to see what we’re all about!


Meet the Board

2018 Officers

Robert Abbey, President
Streetscape Team Co-chair
Gardiner Resident, Retired School Administrator
Email: [email protected]

Clare Marron, Vice President
Promotions Team Chair
Owner – Monkitree Gallery
263 Water Street
Email: [email protected]

Martha A. Mosher, Treasurer
Pittston Resident, CPA GibsonLeClair
[email protected]

Shawn Menard
Gardiner Resident, General Manager, Gardiner Food Co-op and Café
Email: [email protected]

Julie Armstrong
Branch Manager – Kennebec Savings Bank
Email: [email protected]

Dawn Thistle
Archive Librarian
Email: [email protected]
Work email: [email protected]

Janet Slade
Janet Slade State Farm Insurance Owner, Downtown Building Owner
Email: [email protected]

John Callinan
Business Development Team Co-chair
Craft Beer Cellar Owner, Downtown Building Owner
Email: [email protected]


Patrick Wright
Executive Director,
Gardiner Main Street

Diana Twombly
Program Coordinator, Gardiner Main Street