Downtown Antioch Gets Ghosted

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Antioch Ghosted ribbon cutting, October 21, 2022. Left to right: Kyran McCabe (Right Way Signs), Barbara Porch (Antioch Chamber of Commerce), Ainsley Wonderling (Lakes Area Historical Society), Abigail Rose (All Together), Mayor Scott Gartner (Village of Antioch), Laura Foster (Ms. Peddler’s Boutique), Jim Keim (Antioch Village Administrator)

The village’s feedback about the new downtown “ghost signs” has been phenomenal! In October, the village held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the completion of our GHOSTED ghost sign project in downtown Antioch. The signs look more beautiful than we could have imagined.

The Ghosted initiative was designed to refresh Antioch’s existing ghost signs in our downtown area, and design new signs inspired by our community’s rich past. A ghost sign is an old hand-painted advertising sign that has been preserved on a building for an extended period. This beautiful artwork will make our downtown even more stunning and more of a destination for visitors.

When you’re downtown shopping this holiday season, take some time to enjoy the Ghosted signs!

Speaking of holiday shopping, as we’re heading into the holidays, I encourage you to take advantage of everything that Antioch has to offer! I can’t stress enough the importance of shopping locally. Did you know that for every dollar spent at a local business, two-thirds stay here in Antioch? The more we spend locally, the stronger our local economy.

Antioch is the place to be during the holiday season. I can’t imagine a town with more of a small-town American feel, than Antioch. Make sure you join us for the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting on the evening of November 25th. Then, join the many local shops for Small Business Saturday on November 26th.

In addition to the Christmas Parade, our Parks Department is busy helping Santa make appearances across town with Santa Visits and Santa at the Sawmill events. New this season, our Parks Department is also hosting a Festival of Trees at the Buttrick Sawmill from December 3rd through the 18th!

Finally, I hope you’re able to take some time this holiday season to reflect on all of the positives we’ve seen in our local community during 2022, and how great 2023 will be! I wish you and your family a blessed Christmas and holiday season. 

Sincerely,
Mayor Scott Gartner
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