Last year Clatskanie Merchants started a Downtown Market, an idea spearheaded by Ellen Spaulding, owner of The Junque Trunque. Participating businesses placed white balloons outside their doors and created a vendor area in the parking lot at Discounts & Deals and Clatskanie River Inn to promote the 2nd Saturday Downtown Market. Cross promoting at the Clatskanie Farmers Market helped everyone to increase foot traffic for both events
It worked so well that now the group is collaborating with Keep it Local Columbia County to promote a 2nd Saturday Shop Across Columbia County! The event is set to take place on the 2nd Saturday of each month (hence the name). Ellen decided to promote across Columbia County because, “ I think that this will generate more customers by promoting each other, working together and letting people know of all the great shopping and eating places we offer in Columbia County. By encouraging people to visit our neck of the woods, they will spend the day exploring everything we have to offer.”
Keep it Local Columbia County website helps to promote all businesses across Columbia County. The goal is to promote our local cities and our county as a whole by encouraging visitors to come out for Specials and Events on 2nd Shop Saturday. Using grass-roots methods and Social Media particularly Facebook to reach shoppers is a powerful tool when business owners work together to promote and engage more people.
April 8th marks the launch of the first, 2nd Saturday Shop local Campaign across Columbia County with the Downtown Market specializing in Antiques, Art, Handmade & Vintage and will put out white balloons. The 2nd Saturday Campaign is also promoting our Downtown Markets and Farmers Market in Scappoose, Clatskanie, Vernonia & Goble many which will open late May to June. Other restaurants and businesses are encouraged to participate as well by listing events on the Keep It Local Columbia County Add Events page.
It is easy for business owners to join in the fun. We are promoting Antiques, Arts, Handmade, Vintage & More, Local Restaurants and Special Offers for the day. Join in the fun of “Over the River and Through the Woods” 2nd Saturday Shop featuring a Downtown Market.
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