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January 12, 2014

Main Street is celebrating a milestone


ENID, Okla. — A new creative space

Formerly the Creative Arts Enid building, 217 N. Washington, the 2,200-square-foot warehouse that serves as Main Street’s new office has a lot going on inside.

Wooden school doors, donated by Five80 Coffeehouse and originally from now-demolished Garfield Elementary, have been connected at the hinges into a makeshift folding-screen wall divider.

A black curtain serves as a wall fencing off a back quadrant of the warehouse, forming a studio area for Tompkins’ husband, Ty, to film videos independently and for the nonprofit.

Across from Tompkins’ office area is, notably, an 8-by-8-foot chess set, with pieces reaching 21⁄2 feet tall. The game is set out on sidewalks for First Fridays, along with a lavender upright piano painted by Waller Middle School art students.

“It’s a real creative space,” Tompkins said Friday from her glass-covered desk, upholstered with a floral fabric. “I want to move all that stuff and turn it into a historic gallery area.”

With its new location, Main Street now can have its own events, training, space for event preparation, meetings and even “pop-up shops” for trial business ideas, Tompkins said.

“It opens up a lot of possibilities,” she said of the building.

In the back, volunteer Mike Marshall marked slides of photos from 20th-century downtown Enid with a projector for a website about the area.

Tompkins also has plans for a Junior Main Street program to get Enid youth involved and empowered. Students and those under 18 will get to choose and carry out a project.

And, of course, there still are more metal building facades to uncover downtown.

For more information about Main Street Enid’s “20 Years in 20 Weeks” or its projects, events and ways to get involved, call 234-1052, email or visit

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