A group of Woodruff’s local business owners collaborated to put on a Small Business Saturday event that took place on Saturday, November 30th. The event included sales, games, live music and festivities in a friendly local setting.
The local event was part of a national program that started 10 years ago, designed to support local small business and showcase the goods you can get locally but may not find online or in corporate stores.
Local businesses that participated in the Woodruff Small Business Saturday event included Rotties 221 Biergarten, Muse 134, Country Meat Center, Woodruff Community Center Resale, Peachy & Posh, Jay’s Total Wireless, The Yellow Butterfly, Unique Jams & More, Pig on Fire, and Humble Grounds.
In addition to the brick and mortar stores, vendors set up on the sidewalk and inside the Woodruff Community Center downtown. Dan and Nicole Vilencia Hazard, owners of House of Hazard, set up on the sidewalk to sell art, handmade jewelry, and musical instruments. Brad Dietrick, owner of Old Rock Quarry Winery offered wine tasting inside of Rotties 221 Biergarten. Vendors inside the Woodruff Community Center included Jennifer Davis offering handmade sewn merchandise, and Scott and Candy Williams, owners of Unique Jams and More, selling their delicious homemade jams, relishes, and pickled items.
The Muse 134 featured an art exhibit showcasing artwork by Woodruff Elementary School’s gifted art students alongside live music and refreshments. The exhibit included an artist’s reception for the students to introduce themselves and discuss their work.
To encourage participation and shopping, the event included a Poker Run game in which shoppers received an entry for simply visiting a shop, and got a second entry for making a purchase. Each entry represented a specific card in a standard 52 card deck of playing cards. The idea was to collect enough cards to be combined for a winning hand.
As the event came to a close, everyone with a Poker Run entry gathered at Rotties 221 Biergarten to find out who won. Rotties 221 owners John and Yana Kosic Allen collected the entries and calculated who had the winning hand. The grand prize was awarded to Koosje Smith who said “I’m so excited to win, it was fun participating in the event and shopping at the wonderful small businesses downtown.”
Small Business Saturday was just another example of the never ending support that Woodruff residents have for their city and of the unique goods and exemplary hospitality offered by our local businesses.