Chamber Newsletter – July 2011
June was a busy month in Downtown Marion. I hope you had the chance to enjoy one of the activities and stop in to discover a business you maybe didn’t know about prior.
I thought I knew something about most of the stores in Downtown Marion when I took the job, but there have been some pleasant surprises. There were also many things I thought were common knowledge regarding the Downtown, but when I speak of them, others seem to be totally unaware. So, in the spirit of discovery, let’s test your Downtown Marion knowledge.
I have a mug on my desk that was a gift (thank you, Tina!) purchased from a Downtown store. It is made from Marion County clay, molded, fired, colored and glazed all right here in Marion. Would you know where to find one like it if you were looking for a unique welcoming gift or sending a bit of “home” to someone who’s moved away? That would be The Guild, 146 West Center (next to Books on Center). The Guild features artwork, pottery, jewelry, woven materials and more from a number of different artists.
One of my biggest surprises was to find a beautifully renovated upscale establishment … I’m talking gorgeous wooden floors, pressed tin ceiling, shimmering lights … do you know where it’s at? Circa, 181 North Main Street (between the tracks) … don’t let the exterior fool you, it’s gorgeous inside.
Why go to Columbus to get your Buckeye gear when there are at least three stores in Downtown Marion who sell fan-tastic OSU items – from clothing to jewelry to gifts to home decor. Actually, there are four that I know of (in alphabetical order): Carroll’s Jewelers, 207 West Center Street (behind the CanDo/Chamber building); Southern Accents inside Charleston Place, 187 West Center; Home Again Stained Glass & More, 198 West Center Street; and This & That, 218 North Main Street
There are two stores which feature collectibles … everything from knives and martial arts items to dolls and lunchboxes. Curiosity, 141 South Main Street and This & That, 218 North Main Street There is also an authorized dealer of Innova disc golf supplies. Signs and Logos, 216 North Main Street Did you know there was a gently used children’s clothing and accessory store? (And it’s clean!) Just for Kids, 220 North Main Street.
You can get a fabulous dress for that special occasion (there are prom dresses on sale as of this writing for $25), as well as a great men’s suit. Keefers Clothiers, 131 East Center Street There are also cute, dressy flip flops (you can put them in the dishwasher to clean!), terrific purses, and delightful summer tops. Charleston Place, 187 West Center
For the home, there’s a remarkable antique store The Way We Were, 147 South Main Street, great items for the “country” home The Rustic Attic, corner of Church and South Main Streets, original artwork The Guild, 146 West Center , a gardening center V & J Gardening Center, and beautiful stained glass lamps, sun catchers, and wall art Home Again Stained Glass & More, 198 West Center Street. You can also take classes in everything from music to painting to knitting, crocheting, spinning and felting Spin a Yarn Fiber Garden, in the loft of Charleston Place, 187 West Center Street to Tai Chi above Books on Center, 150 West Center Street.
I’m running out of space and I haven’t even touched on so much, including the marvelous eating spots with homemade potato chips, strawberry shortcake, ice cream (by the cone or scoop!), and tasty lunch specials Baires Deli, 131 South Main Street; The Candy Shack, second floor of Charleston Place; 187 West Center Street; Infinity, inside the Harding Hotel at 267 West Center Street; New Beginnings, 141 East Center Street … and I can’t forget about the new grocery Dented, Dinged & Things, 129 South Main Street or the chocolate! The Candy Shack, second floor of Charleston Place
If you were stumped by any of the above, you are truly missing out on some excellent food and unique shopping experiences! (Go to www.downtownmarion.com for item locations.)
Manager, Downtown Marion, Inc.