The Copper Easel, 216 W. Dominick St., is organizing the first Small Business Block Party & Craft Fair to be held downtown in the 200 block of W. Dominick St., from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27.
“We are really trying to encourage the community to shop local this year and we hope that by hosting an event on Small Business Saturday, it will be well attended,” said Adam Prescott Chrisman, The Copper Easel owner. “I’ve corresponded with the small businesses here around my gallery and they will all be open at some point during the event.”
At least 18 different craft vendors will be set up with tables along the sidewalk, down the Cinema Capitol tunnel and inside some of the local businesses. Gift cards and prizes have been secured from all the participating businesses and art studios to give away during the special shop local event.
“We will also have some fun ways for the community to be involved, including free crafts for kids,” Prescott Chrisman added.
There will be food available from local businesses and area musicians will be performing.
Small businesses involved in the “200 block party” are:
Rome Capitol Theatre, Cinema Capitol, Rome Art Association, Keaton & Lloyd Bookshop, The Balanced Chef, Copperccino’s Coffee House, Boyz from Italy, Engelbert’s Jewelers, Gary’s Music/GIGS and The Copper Easel.
Art studios participating:
John Hayes O’Neill Dance Studio, Shed Wise Music, Corey Colmey Drum Instruction, The Music Studio, A Vi Vo School of Acting and Violin & Voice.
“As we all know, the pandemic has greatly impacted the way that businesses and communities operate. Local, small businesses especially have struggled due to the costs of adapting and the potential lack of savings to fall back on,” said Prescott Chrisman. “Events like these offer businesses the chance to work together and provide something collectively to the community, as a way to make up for lost revenue and as a, ‘thank you,’ for the continued support.”
With the holidays quickly approaching, the business owner said it’s more important than ever to shop local and give friends and neighbors a chance to end the year successfully.
“We chose to focus this event on the 200 block of W. Dominick St. because it is quickly growing into a bonafide Arts District and we wanted to emphasize all of the great dining, retail and educational opportunities that exist here year-round,” Prescott Chrisman said. “Our city has seen many transformations in its history and it is important to continue to support the small businesses that call Rome home — for them and for the future businesses that will want to come here.”