If you’ve attended a Marketplace and purchased something from one or more vendors, a huge Thank You! Your attendance and support mean more than you might realize. For starters, you “walked the walk” by adding your presence to the downtown and helped prove that Marietta is a pretty cool place to spend a Saturday. The larger the number of people frequenting the events and businesses, the more attractive the city is to residents and would-be residents. When businesses realize that Marietta has a thriving, vibrant downtown, they are more likely to see the potential of locating to the area. And that can only be a good thing for everyone!
Not only did you express your support for the city, but you also validated the vendor(s) with your purchase. These talented, creative and passionate people pour their time, money, heart and hard work into their products. Some create full time; others have to steal hours in addition to their “day jobs”. When they display their products, they are putting a piece of themselves out there for the world to critique. Your purchase reinforces the fact that their product has merit, their art has beauty to someone else, and that you place a value on their work. Some of these home-based business people may be contemplating the idea of opening a brick and mortar shop. Finding a supportive, enthusiastic market in Marietta may be just the thing they need to make that leap.
Larger cities, such as Cincinnati and Cleveland, have their pop-up fleas that draw large crowds on a regular basis. My hope is that the Marietta Marketplace will be the same type of attraction for the Mid-Ohio Valley. We’d love to see people marking their calendars for Marketplace day, planning to spend a Saturday in Marietta and the surrounding area. Don’t forget, there are many unique shops, eateries and small businesses all within walking distance. Cross the street to the shopping district and walk the historic foot bridge to Harmar Village with more great attractions. Chances are, there are new shops and restaurants since your last visit. If you like to get physical, there are Segway Tours, bike and kayak rentals, or you can walk the beautiful river trail.
Your visit to the Marietta Marketplace is more than just a quick shopping trip at an outdoor market—it’s one of many ways to enjoy a very cool city! Thank you again for your past and future support.
See you at the Armory!