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By Dellaray Hileman
Hardins’ Main Street Shopping season ended on Wednesday, Dec. 15, with The Finale: Christmas on Main Street event at the Rastello Room.
Although this was the first season for Main Street Shopping, Cyndi Borrowman Kamp, owner of the Rastello Room, indicated that it was a huge success in the community. Borrowman Kamp Stated that Main Street shopping has “brought life to Hardin” and she is thrilled to continue it next year.
Over the last 11 weeks, Main Street Shopping has been able to incorporate local businesses as vendors, increasing the community’s ability to shop local. Each week, booths would be set up throughout the Rastello Room for shoppers to browse and do some holiday shopping from 4 to 8 p.m.
Borrowman Kamp described the vendors as “local handmade boutique style vendors” from Calhoun county or the surrounding area.
The feeling of community is immediately sensed as you walk into the Rastello Room on Wednesday nights. Elizabeth Sievers, of Tepen Hollow Designs & Sievers Angus Pure Premium Beef, has participated in at least five shopping nights.
“It worked out pretty good for us,” Sievers said.
Sievers Angus Pure Premium Beef is a new business in Calhoun County and they opened only six months ago. “I didn’t realize we had all these businesses,” Elizebath said.
Next year, Elizabeth is planning to offer different specials and bundles on their beef products, but says her products will stay “mostly the same.”
Main street shopping has helped businesses such as Sievers Blumen Farm, which is going into their fourth year in business.
“Main Street Shopping has been great for us and it is a nice way to get in front of people and network,” Taylor Sievers added.
Taylor said she is focusing on fresh cut flower variety this spring and hopes to bring a variety of pendants next year. Familiar faces are always present on Wednesday nights.
Deborah Benoist of Mabs Customs said that she has attended all but three Main street shopping nights. Benoist said that her business “blew up big in Calhoun’’ as a result. Her dedication to her business has paid off.
Borrowman Kamp said she has gotten “so much great feedback” in regards to Main Street Shopping and it seems the shopping won’t be gone for long. The next season is planned to run January through May 2022 on the first Wednesday of the month. The Rastello room also plans to have local shopping one Saturday per month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday night holiday shopping will start as a weekly event again in October and run through December of 2022.