Sidewalk sale brings visitors to Downtown Barnvilles
Music ran through Downtown Barnesville last Thursday as shoppers bustled from vendor to vendor during the Annual Super Sidewalk Sale hosted by the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce.
During the sidewalk sale, many local businesses were offering deals and specials in their stores, while 14 area vendors set up to sale their products on the sidewalk throughout the downtown area.
The Chamber decided to have the sidewalk sale to help local businesses and bring people to the area to shop locally.
According to Jill Stephen, executive director for the Chamber, the town was booming during the event.
It’s been a fantastic day. We have been getting a lot of good response from it and everyone seems happy,” Stephen said of the event. “A lot of local businesses have set up. A lot of the local businesses here are getting different traffic going through their stores along with the different vendors that have set up. They all seem very pleased.”
Stephens doesn’t believe the pandemic has affected the event, saying that it didn’t look any less crowded than it has before.
It wasn’t just vendors with items to sale that participated in the event.
Ohio Hills Health Services (OHHS) set up a display outside their building educating people on the amount of suger in their drinks. They also handed out masks and hand sanitizers
Kendra Hessket stumbled across the sidewalk sale while she was out running errands. She decided to take a break from the errands and roam around to check out the vendors with her children Josslyn and Royce.
Josslyn,8, was excited over her purchase of press on nail polish from Kelley Hanlon, Color Street Nail Stylist.
Hanlon, who is new chamber member thought the sidewalk sale was a good thing for the chamber to do.
:Business has been good doing really well,” Hanlon said. “I’ve been so busy I couldn't post on my page that I was here an there’s only an hour left.”
For Becky Steele, who sales, Avon, Stanley, Fuller and Watkins products from her home, the sidewalk sale is a great way to advertise her products.
“This is my third year. I do this every year,” Steele said. It gives me advertisements and its gives me sales. I have a lot of regular customers,
Steele noted that with the pandemic everybody tied seems to be cooking more at home so her Watkins cooking/baking products have really picked up in sales.
For Cookie Jackson, the sidewalk sale is a way for her to sale her homemade crafts that she would normally take to the Pumpkin Festival. With the Pumpkin festival being cancelled she hopes to get sales at the sidewalk sale that she would have gotten at the festival.
“Susan Lapham of Avenues of Barnesville, a gift and home decor shop with an organic skin care line,said she sees an increase in customer traffic during the sidewalk sale because people come into town specifically to buy during the event. Avenues of Barnesville offers a variety of discounts and does a storewide sale during the event.
Dremmia Winland and Lori Rossiter, both with Emerald Point came out for to support the event and hand out fans.
Rossiter thinks the event was nice and likes that it offers vendors a chance to show what they have to offer but wishes there were more participants.
During the montly Chamber luncheon held on Wednesday there was some discussion as to the day, time and duration of the event. Changing it to Saturday was suggested, but it was noted that there’s not much traffic in downtown on Saturdays. Others suggested they hold the event longer during the day or have it twice a year.
Stephens noted that she would look into options for next year’s event.