Merchants and Artist Walk

The last Merchants and Artist Walk of the summer is coming up Friday and organizers and participants alike agree that it’s been a good season.

“I had a good response,” said first-time vendor Lori Friend-Hanson, of Marietta, of her experience in June. “I would consider doing it again because I think it is a nice thing for the community.”

Hanson owns Hansons Enhancements photography studio and also makes and sells jewelry. She was paired up with the Marietta Wine Cellars.

“There were a lot of people out and I really enjoyed seeing everyone,” Hanson said.

Jean G. Farmer, executive director of Marietta Main Street – formerly ReStore Marietta – said that despite some rain and some repairs to downtown crosswalks, the season of shopping and community gathering in the great outdoors went very well.

“I haven’t heard any complaints, in fact I think people are really excited about the improvements,” she said. “We did have a couple nights of rain but there were still people out and about.”

The brick crosswalk work on Front Street is expected to be completed by Monday at the latest, according to the city engineering department.

“If it doesn’t rain (Thursday), they will be sealed and ready to go by Saturday,” said Tyler Eppley, a spokesman for the department. “But if it does rain, we are looking at Monday.”

Pedestrians, therefore, will not be able to use the crosswalks Friday evening and drivers will have to adhere to the traffic changes.

Farmer said plans for next year are to expand to include more than the current 35 merchants on Front, Putnam and Second streets and in the Harmar Village. Already this year Brick Street Cottage at 102 Putnam Ave. has joined the ranks.

“She has a lot of repurposed furniture and a lot of cute stuff so it’s good to have them this year,” she said.

Being designated as an Ohio Main Street community, which was made official during Harmar Days in July, means that the organization will be able to network with other communities and get ideas for events such as the Merchants and Artist Walks.

“I would like to try some new and different things for next year,” said Farmer.

Some highlights of Friday’s event include musician Jennifer Phillips and artist Debi Ellis from The Pink Chucks Studio at FOUND Antiques; artist Gary Fisher at AA Baldwin’s Jewelry by Design; jewelry artist Kate Mulligan and photographer Robin Brandjes at Riverside Artist Gallery; candies by Jackie Scott at Zide’s Sports Shop; High Schools That Rock at Wild Rivers Cafe; magician Steve Dixon at The Peoples Bank Theatre and ladies in Victorian dress to promote The Castle.