HARTVILLE Shoppers and visitors in Hartville were treated to a special event Aug. 26 as downtown merchants hosted a DIY in the ‘Ville event, with shop owners sponsoring tables where they could teach about some of the unique skills they use in their businesses.
The diverse list of activities included necklace making, hat decorating, wood planning and vehicle maintenance. There were also mums for sale by the Hartville Garden Club and hot dogs for sale by the Lake Township Historical Society.
"This is an event where shoppers can make a connection with the shop owners as they work together on different activities," said Tara Weiderman, owner of the Modern Vintage shop and coordinator of this month’s event.
For the past four years, the merchants in the downtown area host one event per month starting in the spring and going through the summer and fall. Some of this year’s events included It’s Puzzling, Cruise in the ‘Ville and Get out and Play. The September event is called Downtown Date Nite and includes dinner, shopping, live music and an outdoor movie.
Hartville Mayor Cindy Billings said the July event saw close to a 1,000 people come into the center of town. Billings said people can get up-to-date details on the Village of Hartville’s Facebook page.
"Hosting these events has helped draw more people into downtown Hartville and we look forward to the next month’s event," Billings said.
A few of the make and take activities hosted by the shop owners included finger knit necklaces by Best Bib & Tucker, pet silhouettes by Snags & Wags, large paper flowers by Fiesta Creations, Lights that make you go hmmm… by HWC Automotive, how to plane through sawn lumber by Tool Exchange, embellished key pendants by Susie Kays Design, incorporating architectural salvage into your home by Lynn Michelle Design and stress balls by Two e’s in a Pod.
Weiderman said that each event is coordinated by a different shopkeeper. She also believes that the events draw people into the area.
"We all know that our downtown is small so we plan the events to draw people here so they can see and get to know the different shops we have and so they will come back to shop," she said.