First Fridays are Coming to Downtown Marietta!

With about 22 restaurants and 40 active retailers, plus two hotels and a number of venues for night life, historic downtown Marietta is a destination for everyone and anyone to enjoy a night out on the town, which is only one of the reasons why Marietta Main Street is excited to announce a new program launching January 2017: First Fridays!  A popular program in many Main Street communities, First Fridays are a celebration of small business, community, art, music, and all that makes downtown Marietta special.

Drew Tanner, Marketing Director of Peoples Bank Theatre shares, "We're excited to see the development of First Fridays as a monthly event that showcases our downtown merchants, as well as the wealth of live entertainment taking place at Peoples Bank Theatre and venues throughout town. Our audiences frequently ask about downtown options for shopping and dining when planning an evening out, and the extended hours offered on First Fridays will give them an opportunity to see all that the merchants in our historic downtown have to offer."

January through December, we invite our entire community to head downtown the first Friday of each month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. to enjoy our shops open late, fun themed programs, the opportunity to support area nonprofits, local artists, and local musicians, and simply connect with community.

Charla Hall, Manager of Baker & Baker Jewelers is one of many merchants who is excited to promote First Fridays. She says, "Here at Baker & Baker we are looking forward to the First Fridays in 2017.  It will be a great way to kick off each month with something a little different so everyone will want to check it out, and be a part of the fun festivities."

First Fridays not only provide the opportunity for our community to head downtown year ‘round, but they offer extended shopping hours more readily so we can continue to #shoplocal in #downtownmariettaoh.

"I truly believe that health goes beyond physical fitness," says Amanda Mercer, owner of THRIVEfitt LLC, "Complete health involves a community aspect as well. As small business owners, part of taking care of our health, both on a personal and business level, involves getting involved with our community. That's why I am SO excited for this program -- its the chance to connect and support small business all over Marietta. Together and united, we are stronger and healthier!"

Shoppers downtown will have an opportunity to win a free giveaway each First Friday by receiving one raffle ticket per each $10 purchase in any of the downtown shops. January's giveaway is a gift basket from THRIVEfitt LLC.

Find information about each First Friday, visit our Event Calendar and our Facebook page! Email if you would like your business or nonprofit to get involved in supporting downtown Marietta.