Category Archives: Contests

Envision Williamston Awards Main Street Winner

Envision Williamston, in partnership with Town of Williamston reopened the Main Street Challenge New Business Program. The Main Street Challenge is an entrepreneurial start-up competition for the purpose of generating additional retail occupancy in downtown Williamston.

The Main Street Challenge offered an incentive package up to $5,000 for a new retail business or restaurant to locate in downtown Williamston no later than October 30, 2022.
Depending on applicants, there was to be one award of $5,000 or two awards of $2,500.
Main Street Challenge applications were due March 15, 2022.

Envision Williamston Choose Raines In Williamston as The Main Street Challenge Winner. They received their Award at the Williamston Town Counsil Meeting and Will Receive 6 Monthly Installment Payments.

Envision Williamston has also reopened the Façade Improvement Program which is designed to stimulate a limited number of additional improvements to the exterior of commercial buildings within the Town of Williamston.

Facade Grant applications must be turned in to the Envision Williamston’s drop box at Town
Hall by June 30.

For information on either program, contact Envision Williamston Director Roberta Hamby at or by scheduled appointment at the Envision Williamston Town Hall office at (864) 847-7473.

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Envision Williamston announces Main Street Challenge winners

Envision Williamston recently announced winners of the Main Street Challenge grant program for 2019. The winners are Travis McCurly “Brew N Q” and Kristy Johnston “Phoenix: Born Again Retail”. Brew N Q  is currently a BBQ catering company, competition BBQ cook team and soon to be restaurant to locate in Williamston. In addition to low and slow smoked BBQ, homemade sides and desserts, they plan to use SC certified products and offer local craft beer from the Upstate. Phoenix will be a gift, consignment and resale shop. They plan to offer quality clothing, children’s items, accessories and gifts at affordable prices. The winners are eligible for up to $10,000 in incentives offered through the Envision Williamston Main Street Challenge. Congratulations to Travis and Kristy!

Envision Williamston announces Mural Contest Winners

The Envision Williamston team formally announced the winners of the 2018 Mural Design Contest at the Town Council meeting held March 5, 2018.

The winners are:

1) Heather Dowell for her design of “Mineral Waters: Then and Now”

2) J. Thomas Addison for his design of “Unbroken Chain of Mineral Spring Water”

3) Rebecca Vaughn for her design of “Modern Spring.”

Congratulations to all of our Mural Design Contest Winners!!

We wish to also extend a special “Thank You” to all of our entrants! We thoroughly enjoyed viewing all of your incredible designs!!

Please stay tuned for future updates on how to help bring these selected designs to life at three sites in Williamston’s Downtown Historic Corridor. We look forward to your continued interest and participation!

Envision Williamston announces Main Street Challenge Winners

Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall announced the winners of the Main Street Challenge for two new business start-ups during the Williamston Town Council meeting Monday. The winning applicants include an event venue and a sandwich shop and deli, that will both be located in the town of Williamston.
Recipients are Chris and Samantha Wagner who are planning to open an events venue at the Davenport House on West Main Street. Also Khaled Al Fackl and Imad and Rose Alchaieb who plan to open a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Sandwich Shop and Deli. The winning applicants will each receive a grant totaling up to $10,000 to start up and operate their businesses.

Online voting underway for EW Scarecrow Decorating Contest

Online voting for the Envision Williamston 2017 Scarecrow Decorating Contest is now underway.
Thirty or more delightful Scarecrows are on display across the Town of Williamston.
Show your community spirit and vote for your favorites here

EW Mural Design Contest – Now accepting entries

Envision   Williamston,   in   cooperation   with   Historic   Williamston and the Palmetto   Area   Cultural   Arts   Center,   is sponsoring a  Mural   Design   Competition for downtown Williamston.   The   purpose   of the program is to brighten up the streetscape by adding artwork of two   winners in highly visible locations in the downtown area.
The winner will receive $500 prize money and will be published in The Journal, on multiple Williamston websites and in  print advertisements for the town.
Local artists may submit more than one drawing for consideration but must be at least age 14 to enter.
The deadline for submitting artwork is Dec. 8, 2017 and the winning artwork will be announced on Jan. 15, 2018.
“We are hoping to have the mural installed and the grand reveal of the murals by May, 2018,” said Envision Williamston Executive Director Sonya Crandall.
The locations have been selected and are on the entry form.
“So if you have creative juices and artistic talent and would like to have your artwork on display in the downtown area, please pick up your Mural Guideline Package at Town Hall of you can view and print them online at,” Crandall said.

EW announces Mural Design Contest

Historic Williamston, The Palmetto Area Cultural Arts Center and Envision Williamston announce a Mural Design Contest for a mural project in Williamston. The project is a part of the Williamston Downtown Acceleration Program (WDAP) that is being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).

For more information Mural Design Contest