MAIN STREET KENT: Chocolate Walk a success, Clean Up Kent Day coming

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The Chocolate Walk took place Saturday, Feb. 9, and downtown Kent was brimming with chocolate lovers. The event was a great success, with 200 attendees and 24 very happy business owners.

Ticketholders were able to tour Kent, collecting a chocolate surprise at each participating location while shopping, having lunch or coffee, while enjoying the beautiful day in Kent, which included the annual ice carving exhibition at the Hometown Bank Plaza.

Chocolate walkers collected treats such as homemade truffles from Ray's Place, chocolate espresso "bark" with sea salt from Bent Tree Coffee Roasters, cake pops from Tree City Coffee & Pastry, chocolate mustaches from Off the Wagon, German chocolates from Sue Nelson Designs … you get the idea.

Many business owners reported a healthy increase in sales over last year, with lots of new faces in their doors, and a definite appreciation for the constant flow of people that day. Several businesses gave out special coupons with their treats, and have seen people return to use them just days after the event. Mission accomplished!

Those who missed out on the event this time can look forward to its return next year. For event updates, check with us at mainstreetkent.org.

Main Street Kent awards

Main Street Kent's annual awards dinner will take place on Tuesday, March 5. As in years past, the Pufferbelly Restaurant will close for the evening to host our event.

Local business owners, city employees, Main Street Kent board members, partnering organizations, and various supporters will all gather for dinner, a presentation about 2012 accomplishments and 2013 plans, and a short presentation of awards to some of the key people who really make things happen at Main Street Kent. O

ne award will be given to the "Volunteer of the Year" and another person will receive the "Ron Burbick Award." This individual is described as one who "has taken a leadership role and made a significant contribution to downtown Kent and to Main Street Kent." Cheers to another productive, great year at Main Street Kent.

Clean Up Kent Day set

Main Street Kent presents "Clean Up Kent" Day on Saturday, April 27. Spring will be here soon, and sadly we will see all of the accumulated trash, litter, and cigarette butts that have been building up over the winter months.

With the sporadic winter we've had, it has become apparent, over and over again, that we need to work together to clean it up. Main Street Kent is organizing "Clean Up Kent" day and you are all invited. Whether you have two hours to spare, or the entire day, we're asking the community to come together and help.

We will ask that each group register with us, so we know how many people are working in each area as we tackle this mission. So "save the date" for now, but know that Mayor Jerry Fiala is on board, the Kent Jaycees are on board, and we are reaching out to all local organizations willing and able to help so this can be a productive, fun day. Scouts, environmentally concerned groups, service organizations, church groups, etc. are all welcome.

For information about getting involved, just call 330-677-8000, or email info@mainstreetkent.org. We will post information about how to register, etc. on our website www.mainstreetkent.org as soon as those details become available. Thanks for pitching in!

If you'd like to become involved in Main Street Kent in any way, please contact us. We're always looking for creative, willing people to help with our efforts.

Heather Malarcik is executive director of Main Street Kent. Main Street Kent is a non-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of downtown Kent, and is an affiliate of the national Main Street program, and is a part of the Heritage Ohio program.

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