Oxford Mainstreet Inc.
The mission of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. is to serve as the catalyst to unify and partner with supporting organizations to promote and foster economic growth and stability within the Business Improvement District (BID) and surrounding area, while preserving Downtown Oxford’s rich historic and cultural identity.
Tell us about Oxford Mainstreet, Inc.
The mission of Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. is to serve as the catalyst to unify and partner with supporting
organizations to promote and foster economic growth and stability within the Business Improvement
District (BID) and surrounding area, while preserving Downtown Oxford’s rich historic and cultural
By preserving historic charm, fostering growth, promoting a sense of community and improving
image, Oxford will develop into an attractive location for investors, property owners, business
owners, and residents, and become a destination point for visitors.
What is something OMI does that someone might not know?
OMI is responsible for installation and maintenance of plantings and decor downtown. The
organization also has a substantial volunteer population that helps with these efforts. Although
cut back significantly because of the pandemic, the team has received ample and invaluable
contributions from a long-time dedicated volunteer, Mary.
Tell us about the team
Christianna Hannum | Executive Director
Christianna (Christy) Hannum, joined Oxford Mainstreet, Inc. in June of 2020. With her
impressive background in fundraising and non-profit management, she has done an incredible
job raising money for the Shoebox Theater in the past six months. Christy has deep roots in
southern Chester County. She was born and raised in Unionville and has fond memories from
childhood of traveling to Oxford with her family to pick up pet food and supplies at Oxford Feed
and Lumber. She now lives in Kennett Square with her two children.
Brian Dix | Main Street Manager
A Pennsylvania native, Brian Dix moved to the Oxford Borough over 14 years ago. After several
years attending school at and working for York College of Pennsylvania, he is thrilled to be back
in Oxford. Brian joined the OMI team in mid-October and hit the ground running with various
projects already in place. He has spent a lot of time meeting with merchants and gathering
information and feedback about how OMI can support the business community. He recognizes
how challenging and unconventional this year has been for small businesses and is looking for
ways to keep momentum and love for Oxford going within the community and beyond.
Plans for 2021
As has been the case for the majority of last year, so much is uncertain in regards to what is to
come. OMI is working to make sure that we can do as much as possible to support businesses
as we move into the new year. One of the ways they plan to do that is by bolstering digital
communication and presence. The monthly newsletter is currently being redesigned and is set
to debut in January. Additionally, Brian comes to OMI with years of video filming and editing
experience and plans to utilize that outlet as a means to keep business and the community
connected. It is difficult to make plans too far out so make sure to stay tuned for updates!
The Shoebox Theater is phase one of a two-phase plan to bring a larger theater to Oxford’s
business district in the very same building on Third Street that once housed the popular Oxford
Theater more than a generation ago. Christy has helped OMI raise significant funds to complete
the remaining construction. The team is hopeful that the Shoebox could open in 2021 when safe to do so.
How can someone get in touch with OMI?
Input and feedback from the community is always welcomed! You can call the office or send an
email. Also, you can visit our website at www.downtownjamesl439.sg-host.com and our various social