A day in downtown for the whole family

The end of winter is in sight and March will be here in less than two weeks – can I get an Amen on that? While we’ve been fortunate to have a pretty mild winter so far, I’m betting all of us are looking forward to the start of spring and the chance to get everyone outside on a Saturday afternoon.

While the March weather is always unpredictable, we’re hoping mother nature cooperates for the fourth annual Classic Plastics Toy & Comic Expo and the second annual Savor Saturday on March 4th.

The Toy & Comic Expo promises a fun and memorable experience for the whole family, with its first ever two-day show and over 80 vendors. Celebrity guests include Steve Cardenas, who starred as Rocky DeSantos, the 2nd Red Ranger in the original Power Rangers’ and later as the Blue Ranger in the Power Rangers Zero.

A creative collaboration with Classic Plastics Toy Store, Savor Saturday was created to highlight and promote downtown restaurants and showcase their unique offerings. The event seeks to provide exposure and value to the participating restaurants, and draw both new and repeat customers to downtown throughout the day. After enjoying the Expo, families are encouraged to stick around downtown and sample savory treats from twelve different participating downtown restaurants:

·         Parkersburg Brewing Company

·         The Coffee Bar

·         Corner Café

·         Crystal Café

·         The Daily Grind

·         DownTown Specialty Bakery

·         Starbucks at the Blennerhassett Hotel

·         Timely Brew

·         Village Cakery

·         Toscana in Appalachia

·         Maka Mia Pizza

·         Breads & Beyond Bakery

Samples from each participating restaurant will be available for just $1 and customers will receive one entry into a grand-prize drawing for every sample purchased. The grand prize will be dinner for two at any downtown restaurant and two tickets to the Taste of Parkersburg annual event on Saturday, June 3rd.

The Toy & Comic Expo will be held at the Parkersburg Art Center (725 Market St.) and begins at 10 am on Saturday, March 4th. The Expo runs until 5pm on Saturday and re-opens on Sunday, March 5th at 11 a.m. Maps and more information on participating restaurants for Savor Saturday will be located at the entrance to the Parkersburg Art Center on Saturday, March 4th.

Folks, this is our chance to show our support for small and local businesses who do an enormous amount of good in our community. When we do something as simple and easy as enjoying a Saturday downtown, eating lunch and showing up can mean real transformation of our city. Our participation in a fun event that includes the entire family can mean the difference between a new business choosing to take a leap of faith or playing it safe and keeping their dreams on hold. The future of our downtown depends on us.