The Kent Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the welcome wagon (in this case it looks more like a trolley) to welcome Kent State students back to town. In the spirit of — show them and they will come (and keep coming back) — the Chamber and Main Street Kent have partnered to arrange a special showing of Kent’s best downtown businesses. The favorite places like the Franklin Square Deli and Rays are on the top of the list but this year they are joined by all the new businesses that have sprung up as a result of the Phoenix Project. Acorn Alley’s official grand opening is just around the corner but many of the small shops are offering a sneak peak at what’s to come. If you’re a student you don’t want to miss it (because it’s free food) but if you’re just a curious cat you should still swing through downtown to get a flavor of the new stores and feel like a kid again at the new Off The Wagon toy shop.
Here’s the press release from the Chamber:
This Thursday, August 27th, incoming Kent State students will be invited to Discover Downtown Kent. From 2:00 to 7:00 pm, the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with Main Street Kent, will welcome KSU students back to town.
“We plan to have live music, giveaways, and food to attract them downtown and to see what’s been going on since they left in May,” said Lori Wemhoff, Interim Executive Director of the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber and Main Street Kent will providing free hot dogs and water for the students that come downtown between 5:00 and 7:00 pm.
The students will be transported by trolley compliments of Kent State University and dropped off at Acorn Alley, where a number of new businesses will be open. The Arctic Squirrel will be handing out free samples of ice cream.
“We’ve asked downtown businesses to stay open a little later than usual and take advantage of the expected increase in visitors,” said Mary Gilbert, Executive Director of Main Street Kent. “This is a great way to showcase items for sale, and draw the students into the stores.”
In addition, businesses are encouraged to set up booths or tables in the Home Savings Plaza area. “There is no charge to set up, so we encourage businesses to take advantage of this opportunity and distribute information and literature to the students,”said Gilbert. Anyone interested in participating should contact the Main Street Kent office at 330.677.8000.