HAVANA'S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN
Havana's historic downtown was built to service the Shade Tobacco industry which flourished from the late 1800's until 1970. Foreign competition soon dominated that industry and eventually Havana's shade tobacco era came to an end. Downtown became a ghost town with many closed storefronts, neglected and unoccupied buildings.
Beginning in the early 80's there downtown was revived with the advent of some young entrepreneurs that started up the antique business. Their success grew and with it many new businesses opened, including restaurants, boutiques, galleries and furniture stores. For the next 25 years, the downtown area thrived. Then came the great recession of 2008 and, like much of the country, downtown Havana was dealt a devastating blow to its economy. Businesses closed, buildings were vacated and the luster of this beautiful small town was severely tarnished.
Fortunately, a small core of businesses survived and are now coming back. Havana Main Street was launched in May of 2017 to assist in the revitalization of the downtown area and preserving the historic foundation that we inherited. Come visit, you will be enraptured by the feel of this historic town.
Meet the business owners, almost all family owned and operated, they know what personal service means. Sorry, no box stores or chains. Wander around the many shops and restaurants residing in 50-100 year old buildings. It is like taking a step back in time. Hope to see you soon.
HAVANA MAIN STREET
Havana Main Street has existed for over 100 years. However, it was only in 2017 that the community gained Main Street designation from the Florida Main Street Program. We intend to use this momentum to help revitalize our downtown, enriching quality of life, business, and tourism while preserving the historic foundation we inherited. We want our downtown visitors to experience fun and excitement and to tell their friends they must go see Havana.
As a Main Street America AffiliateTM, Havana Main Street is part of a national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities who share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
Havana Main Street was recognized by the Florida Main Street Program at Florida Department of State after an intensive application process to illustrate the town's commitment to downtown revitalization.
Today, the organization consists of one Executive Director and thirteen other directors who collaborate with Town and County Government, Businesses, and the State to invigorate and preserve Havana's Main Street.
Havana Main Street is really every business, resident, and visitor that breathes life into our community. But our little team of doers is all about growing the family.
Our mission is to shape an exciting an prosperous future for Havana's main street utilizing the skills and talents of our community, its businesses, and the town's government. Together they can provide for the preservation of Havana's history and renew main street as an economic engine for Havana and its surrounding communities.