Friday, June 15, 2012

Father's Day is Sunday, and although the day doesn't get quite as much hype as Mother's Day, Dad's still appreciate being acknowledged. Here are some great ideas available right here in Downtown Marion! 

Great Impressions has wonderful Father's Day cards
A new watch, money clip or ring from Carrolls Jewelers
Buckeye gear at Home Again Stained Glass, Charleston Place and the This N That Shop
Books ... check out Books on Center, Hope Crossing in Charleston Place or Brad's Books & Comics

Lighter or pocket knives ... if he collects them, then the Curiosity Shop is your place

Video games ... Bubbyman's Games & My Dad's Arcade
(they had some of those 80s video arcade machines for sale ...
how cool for your Dads man-cave to have his very own Ms PacMan machine!)
Guitar? Drums? Speakers? ... Musicians 1 Stop is your place
A cool bicycle from Rocky's Cyclery Antiques from The Way We Were
A fine suit or tie from Keefer's Clothiers
A night of bowling from Buckeye Lanes
Tickets to an event at the Palace Theatre ... they are showing The Three Stooges this weekend
Does he like history? Take him to the 1812 exhibit at the Marion County Historical Society
How about a chain saw or yard equipment from EE Johnson?
Or have EE Johnson, Marion Landscape or Jason Schaber come in and do your Dad's lawn up beautifully while he just gets to relax!

Guys like Chocolate, too ...
The Candy Shack & Cafe' in Charleston Place ... a large variety of delicious chocolates
Crown Tower ... they carry Godiva chocolates among many other fine delectable treats

Dinner ... we got ya covered ...
The Warehouse
Infinity at the Harding Hotel
Baires (open Friday evening & breakfast - lunch Monday - Friday)

A weekend out of the house?
Haven on the Vine Bed and Breakfast
Victoriana Bed and Breakfast

There are so many ideas ... just give me a call if you don't know where a particular store is ... or go to And please remember, where you eat, shop and play matters ... do it locally!
Karen Herr
Manager, Downtown Marion, Inc.
205 West Center Street, Suite 130
Marion, OH 43302

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A reminder we will be getting together at noon this Friday, June 8, to finish up the mulching. Anyone who would like to help should come to the Chamber, 205 West Center, at noon. I have a few pairs of gloves, but you'll probably want to bring your own gloves; maybe a metal rake and a utility knife to open the bags of mulch. Again, we actually have a lot of fun doing these beautification projects!
NEW! Jody Lackey, of Candy Shack, knows as with many business owners, they can't leave their store to help with these beautification projects. So, she's going to help by giving everyone who is helping with the mulch a half-price meal with a free scoop of Riverside Ice Cream on Friday!!! Thanks so much, Jody! Count me in for some half-price chicken salad ... and will you have mint chocolate chip Friday?
Also on this weekend on Saturday, June 9, APEX Church will be continuing with their Paint the Town project. If you'd like to be a part of this, just come by the church's Activity's Center, 162 West Center Street, at 9:00 a.m.

Come Downtown to dinner this weekend and check out what all we've been working on. There's more to do, but we plan to keep working on keeping it in tip top shape! You can sit outside (or inside) at Baires Friday evening, there's Infinity in the Harding Hotel and The Warehouse. The Candy Shack and Cafe' is open Saturday afternoon ... so if you're downtown shopping, stop in for ice cream! Or if you're just coming down to take a walk, stop into Downtown Pizza and either eat in or take a pizza & salad home!

We have another Cash Mob this Monday, June 11. Just meet in the stone parking lot behind Epworth Church (it's actually along Church Street) about 5:15 or 5:30 and we'll proceed to the selected store. The after party will be at The Warehouse, 320 West Center Street ... just go anytime after 6 p.m. You can go to one or both events. We just ask that you spend at least $10 in the mob store and make a purchase at the after party. By doing this, you are investing in the future of our community ... and having fun doing it!! I've attached a flyer outlining our Cash Mob schedule ... please print it out and share it with those in your office, put it on Facebook, and if you know how to Twitter (I don't), send out a Tweet or two ... and then come!

Celebrate Summer will be once again be held on Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. here in Downtown Marion. I've attached the news release with all of the details, and I'll have more information as the time grows closer. In short, however, you can still be a part of it if you are an artist or fine crafter, would like to set up a food booth, or have a pre-1950 vehicle you'd like to showcase. If you're interested, just give me a call!

Remember, where you eat, shop and play matters ... do it locally!
Karen Herr
Manager, Downtown Marion, Inc.
205 West Center Street, Suite 130
Marion, OH 43302