“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks/ Dressed in holiday style/ In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.” Paulding’s downtown sidewalks resembled the lyrics to a holiday song during Shop the Square on Saturday, Dec. 2. A second shopping event will be Dec. 9. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
“City sidewalks, busy sidewalks/ Dressed in holiday style/ In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas.” Paulding’s downtown sidewalks resembled the lyrics to a holiday song during Shop the Square on Saturday, Dec. 2. A second shopping event will be Dec. 9. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

PAULDING – This Saturday, Dec. 9, Paulding will host its second Shop the Square downtown.

This event, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., is organized by the Paulding Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Chamber and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. The first shopping day on Dec. 2 drew crowds of shoppers to the local scene for products.

“We had a very successful event. Everyone complimented on how it was nice to see people shopping in downtown Paulding,” said committee chairman Jill Strahley. “The vendors were happy and exclaimed about the amount of shoppers they had. Some were so busy, they had a line of people waiting to check out.”

“I talked to most of the vendors and they all said they did well, and that all of the shoppers were thrilled, agreed chamber director Mikayla Pieper. “There were so many people downtown and the committee was ecstatic about the turnout.”

Last weekend, 22 vendors filled multiple buildings around the square, selling handmade gifts, food and other products. Twenty-five vendors are scheduled to participate on Dec. 9.

In addition to the many local vendors set up downtown, many other local retailers are offering deals and specials. “I would remind people to check the booklet for coupons to be redeemed at local businesses,” Pieper said.

Shoppers can retrieve a Shop the Square map from any downtown business, as well as gas stations and the chamber office. The map will help guide participants through the vendors and shops set up around the square. It also will provide coupons and the locations of additional businesses to shop.

A free gift bag and Christmas CD will be offered to STS shoppers at the Paulding County Area Foundation and Paulding County Economic Development Office while supplies last.

“I was so happy to see so many shoppers out and about shopping local. We’re hoping to have another successful day on Saturday,” said Pieper.

“We anticipate another busy day on Saturday,” said Strahley. “Many who couldn’t make it on the 2nd are planning for this weekend.”

Here’s the list for Dec. 9 vendors:

Handmade jewelry and crafts, Ellie Barnes

Pampered Chef, Nicole Gebers

It’s Knott Pottery, Brandon Knott

Breads and Threads, Cheryl Rise

Winding Brook Stock Farms beef & CSP Nutrition, Eli Cook

Kreations by Kennedy, John Kennedy

Handmade wooden art, Eric Gillespie

Paintings and Thirty-One, Susan Bohner

Cotton candy, OSU Buckeye necklaces & ornaments, Kasey Mills

Doll clothing and accessories, Becky Carr

Wooden crafts and art, Mike Woodring

Sprocket crocheted items, Nikki Hull

Upcycled crafts, Heather Gottke

Young Living Oils, Kari Spangler

Sandy’s Sensations - Sandy Landrum

Assorted Nuts, Ron Dietrich

A Vintage In Time, Pam Dempsey

Lonnie’s Downtime handmade baby items, Lonnie Leverton

Scentsy, Stephanie Hull

Usborne Books, Jessica Manz

Once I Was, Vicki Schulte

E&R Ceramics, Ron Ruger

Angels Four, Jean Schooley

What The Fudge - dips and jellies

Six local book authors

Current businesses that are participating with specials or coupons include:

Fiesta Habaneros Restaurant

Susie’s Family Bakery

Signature Embroidery

Holly Wood & Vine Florals

Red Angel Pizza

Paulding Ace Hardware

Napa True Value

Don & Perry’s Furniture

Bargain Bin

Past Time Café

Kircher’s Flowers

For more information, check out Shop the Square’s Facebook page.