There are so many stories to tell….here are a few of them.
Second Saturday was promoted in the Elyria Chronicle, Morning Journal, Lorain County website by Lorain County Visitors Bureau, Cleveland West Side Mom’s newsletter, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, WEOL Radio, and more!
WHITE SQUIRREL SCAVENGER HUNT
- More than 50% of the White Squirrel Scavenger Hunt participants said they went into some stores for the first time.
- THANK YOU to these businesses that participated: Ben Franklin’s, The Carlyle Shop, Gibson’s, Evie Lou, Oberlin Bookstore, Ginko Gallery, KidSpeak, The Hope Collection, and Watson Hardware.
- Thirteen out of thirty-three scavenger hunt participants found ALL 9 of the squirrels! Participants received tickets to enter the prize raffle. A lucky first draw received a $25 Oberlin gift certificate and five more lucky people received $10 Oberlin Gift Certificates.
Gee Gee’s Kettle Korn sold out! They said they had a great day.
The East College Street Courtyard was a very busy gathering place for family activities:
Robert Ullman introduced people to his restaurant Bistro Bella Luna which is opening soon where Dave’s Cosmic Subs was.
James Peake introduced people to his Foldspace origami business and had fun creating origami with kids of all ages – some signed up for his classes.
Jenn Keathley of OberlinKids and Laura Slocum of KidSpeak provided lots of activities for kids all day.
Peter Slowik and Credo musicians provided lovely music in the morning and introduced people to Credo.
Three musicians played at various times in various locations during the day – helping to create a welcoming environment downtown.
Representatives from the new Willow Jewelry store opening Tuesday, June 15 where Herrick Jewelry was on W.College St. introduced people to the new store. They said they really enjoyed getting to know so many friendly people.
Jessa New from Slow Train Café reported a 20% increase in business from last Saturday. The Slow Train Story Telling was attended by 30 people who heard Pastor David Hill’s story and raised $50 for Oberlin Weekday Community Meals.
Evie Lou Oberlin and The Hope Collection had the best sales day since being in Oberlin!
The Arb at Tappan Square had a 27% increase in sales.
Friends of the Oberlin Public Library sold $400 in DVD’s and CD’s.
These companies and organizations came downtown to participate:
Oberlin Community Services – Emily said she gave away tomato plants and people signed up to participate in some OCS programs.
Mercy Health – representatives talked to people about their services and gave away lots of promotional items.
CATTS – representatives had lots of cat-related items that people were happy to purchase to support the organization.
Gene Piazza’s Insurance Agency had a table by Gee Gee’s Kettle Korn and really enjoyed the day – AND the kettle Korn!
Signs were installed in the downtown cement gardens acknowledging the volunteer sponsors of people and businesses that have agreed to maintain them. The downtown garden project is a program of OBP’s Keep Oberlin Beautiful initiative. Be sure to thank the garden volunteers when you see them.
Many thanks to Maureen Simen, Event Coordinator; Eli Chambers, OBP Summer Intern; and Elizabeth Elrod, OBP Administrative Assistant for all the work they did to make the June 12th 2nd Saturday a success.
How can you help with the July 10th and August 14th 2nd Saturday events?
July 10: Family Activities and Music Theme. Do you know a musician who might be interested in playing/singing? If so let us know so we can ask them to share their talents on July 10th. Do you know of a community organization that would be willing to perform? (singers, dramatists, baton twirlers, bubble makers, balloon shapers, jump rope teams, etc.) If so let us know or have someone contact us.
August 14: Art Theme. Do you know artists who would like to share their work – maybe demonstrate how their work is done? Let us know or have them contact us. They can also sell their work.
WHO TO CONTACT about 2nd Saturdays in Oberlin:
GRAND OPENING OF WILLOW JEWELRY and REPAIR – 7 W. College St.
OBP held a grand opening on Tuesday, June 22, to welcome Bill and Holly Piorkowski, owners, and Chris Sariss, manager to downtown Oberlin. Linda Slocum, President of Oberlin City Council, Rob Hillard, City Manager, Rick Flood, President OBP Board of Trustees and Janet Haar, Executive Director OBP, welcomed the new business and wished them success while also offering to support their needs.
Willow Jewelry and Repair is owned and operated by Bill Piorkowski who is also the owner of Elyria Jewelers and Repair in Elyria that opened in 2006. Bill is a certified jeweler with 26 years’ experience. Chris Sarris is the manager at Willow Jewelers and Repair in Oberlin. He has been working with Bill at Elyria Jewelers and brings 25 years of experience to their team.
Their goal has always been to treat customers like family. They prioritize customer service and the highest quality products to ensure the best relationships with their clients.
Services include jewelry repair, appraisals, watch repair, custom jewelry design, and buying gold and coins. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Be sure to stop by and welcome them to Oberlin!