|Friday night event geared toward encouraging people to shop local|
Salem Mayor Troy Merry remembers a time in Salem when it was an event to go to the square.
Families would drive to town, park and do their shopping.
Merry had the idea to bring those days back. This Friday the city will host “Downtown Alive” an old-fashioned summer community gathering on the Salem square.
The city will provide watermelon and drinks the “Short Notice Band” will perform on Brick Street.
Merry said the event will take place from 6-9 p.m.
“The square will be open to traffic,” he said. “The only street that will be closed will be brick street.”
Rebecca Marshall, who owns and operates the Salem Apothecary., said she remembers the days when the square would be hopping on Friday and Saturday nights. She loves the idea to try to bring those days back.
“I am excited about it because I think it’s a great idea,” Marshall said. “I remember working here when this was Apple’s Drugs and we’d be here until 9 on both Friday and Saturday because those are the nights everyone would come to town.
“Lifestyles have changed, but doing things like this every once in a while to highlight our businesses is a great thing.”
Marshall said they will be giving away water and said thy will also have samples of their new smoothies at the soda fountain.
“We want people to come in and look around and see all the things we offer,” she said. “We have changed some things.”
Marshall admits the number of businesses located on the square has declined over the years, but there is still plenty worth coming for.
“We still have some vibrant businesses here and it’s worth highlighting,” she said. “This is a businesses are and we want people to be aware that we are still going strong.”
Those who attend are encouraged to bring their chairs and blankets and if it gets too hot, spectators are allowed to sit in the shade on the courthouse lawn.
Of course the live music, watermelons and water are a bonus, the idea of the event is for those who attend to visit and make purchases at local businesses.
Merry said at the time this story was written that 19 businesses on or near the square are participating.
“We have good businesses in Salem and this is a way for them to be featured,” he said. “I hope there is a great turnout and I am sure this is something we can do at various times throughout the year.”
There will be live music, featuring the Short Notice Band beginning at 6 p.m. Call Salem Mayor Troy Merry at 812-883-4265 to let him know if your business is interested in participating.
The following is a list of participating businesses: