Unlock the Key to Marietta's Heart on First Friday

As a community we all have a common love for downtown Marietta, that’s what keeps it going.
— Charla Hall, Baker & Baker Jewelers

Marietta Main Street’s new program, First Fridays, continues into February with a theme that is sure to unlock your love for our community: “The Key to Marietta’s Heart.” Visitors to downtown Marietta will again be entertained by a variety of local musicians in downtown shops, be able to celebrate the talent of local artists, and have fun shopping local.

Charlie Clay, Owner of Dad’s Primitive Workbench at 268 Front Street shares, “We are unlocking the key to Marietta’s heart by having shoppers come downtown to experience the heartbeat of our community: our downtown shops and restaurants!”

February’s First Friday will feature a variety of custom-created floral arrangements staged throughout downtown Marietta highlighting the artistry of local businesses like Aletha’s Florist, A Unique Flower & Gift Shop, Dudley’s Florist, and Two Peas in a Pod. In addition to the floral arrangements, shoppers will be able to shop local and win big by attempting to unlock gift baskets throughout downtown to see if they’ve won their contents, all donated by local businesses in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. 

 Local artist Jena Blair creates beads in 2000 degree heat at Twisted Sisters Boutique

Local artist Jena Blair creates beads in 2000 degree heat at Twisted Sisters Boutique

Six gift baskets will be on display in a variety of shops waiting to be unlocked by six lucky key holders during First Friday. To get a key, simply be one of the first twenty shoppers to donate to Marietta Main Street in any participating shop from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that evening and then test your luck with this new spin on a fun raffle!

“As a community we all have a common love for downtown Marietta, that's what keeps it going,” says Charla Hall of Baker & Baker Jewelers at 105 Putnam Street.

 Front Street during a January snowfall

Front Street during a January snowfall

Ryan Smith of Marietta Adventure Company located at 219 Second Street said, “January's First Friday was a wonderful success and is a great example of what our community can accomplish when we all work together. Despite the frigid weather, our downtown streets and shops were filled with people all evening!”

Other fun features of February’s First Friday are kids art projects at Peddler of Dreams Art Space for Children, letterpress card making at Just A Jar Design Press, information sharing about The Small Business Revolution and how to vote for #MyMarietta to win $500,000, and much more. 

In addition to First Friday, February 3rd is Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Days from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Front Street. A variety of downtown stores are accepting donations for this event, and Riverside Artists Gallery is hosting a food drive for local food pantries.

Future First Friday events are set to be sponsored by Washington State Community College, Marietta College, the Marietta-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Marietta City Schools.

Join us each First Friday of the month to shop local, support local art and music, join together as a community and have fun!