One sign of the progress that Spencer Pride is making in the local community is certainly the number of downtown businesses who have chosen to participate in the festival marketplace. When we first began our festival, that number was zero. Over the years, it has steadily increased. This year, we more than doubled the number of downtown supporters!
Each year, businesses are solicited to participate in our festival marketplace. Businesses with a home in downtown Spencer, however, generally aren’t interested in having a booth on the courthouse lawn since they already have their business nearby. Instead, we approach those businesses with a different offer for participation: for just $25, we will list them on our festival map so that everyone knows that they are supporters of the festival. This helps encourage the thousands of festival attendees to visit these locations. In addition to recognition on the festival map, this year these businesses were also able to get brand-new decals for their shop windows to proudly advertise their support of Spencer Pride.
In 2017, 7 downtown businesses participated in the festival. This year the number jumped to a whopping 17! This is due to both the increasing appreciation of our event as well as the revitalization of the Spencer downtown. The complete list of downtown participants in the 2018 Spencer Pride Festival is listed below.
We really appreciate the support of all of these businesses & strongly encourage festival attendees to visit everyone on the list frequently!
All About You Salon
Brown & Associates
Casida Barber Shop
Civilian Brewing Corp.
Dragonfly Gallery (also a sponsor & donor to our raffle!)
Historic Tivoli Theatre (also a sponsor & donor to our raffle!)
Jit’s Thai Bistro
Owen County Community Foundation
Owen County Chamber of Commerce
Owen Valley Winery Tasting Room
Playhouse Toys & Games
Spencer Pride commUnity center
Sweet Oven Visitors Center
Unique Hair Designs
Watts Law Office (also a sponsor!)
West & Co. Realty