Second Year for Second Story Secrets

TROY — Second Story Secrets, a walking tour that reveals “what’s upstairs in downtown Troy,” is back for its second year. The event will be held on Saturday, September 19, 4-8 p.m., beginning at the Mayflower Arts Center, Troy.

The tour includes a rare chance to step inside 10 to 12 second floors, otherwise closed to the public, of buildings around the Troy square. Tour guides are on hand at each location to give history and information about the building. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the Mayflower, and door prizes are all part of the fun.

“This year we have an extra secret,” said event coordinator, Martha Harris. “We have a secret location that will be revealed only on the night of the tour. It’s exciting, and you won’t want to miss it.”

The tour features some of the favorites from last year’s event, such as the Masonic Temple, the old Shaughnessey building, and new uses for the Dye building (Caroline restaurant) and upstairs of La Piazza. New locations include the Coleman-Saidleman building (a.k.a. Lipp building), the Elks building, the Hatfield House and of course, the secret location. There are expected to be 10-12 locations total. In addition, restaurants around the square will be offering discounts just by showing your ticket on Sept. 19 only. This is a walking tour and it is advised that no children under the age of 18 attend this event.

Tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advance or $45 for two until September 14, 2015. Tickets will be $30 at the door (Mayflower Arts Center). Tickets go on sale Aug. 10, and can be purchased online at, or by visiting Partners in Hope, the Mayflower Arts Center, the Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, Applied Chiropractic, and Olive Oasis.

“We have a limited number of tickets, and this event almost sold out last year, so if you are interested, we recommend getting your tickets early this year,” Harris stated.

TCW and the Second Story Secrets committee encourage all Trojans to enjoy their downtown on September 19 by taking in Troy Main Street’s Taste of Troy event that afternoon and coming to the tour in the evening. Cap it off with dinner at one of our fine downtown restaurants! All proceeds benefit Troy Community Works, a non-profit organization that strives to enhance the long term well-being and livability of the City of Troy by a collaborative approach to sustainable community development. Thank you to MainSource Bank and Unity National Bank for being sponsors for this year’s tour.

For more information, or to become and event sponsor, call Martha Harris at 937.440.0062, visit, or find us on Facebook by searching Second Story Secrets.