First Saturday Brings Business and Excitement to Downtown Frederick
by Taylor Diggs
First Saturday has been a tradition in Frederick for many years. The first Saturday of every month people gather in Downtown Frederick where they shop at small businesses and dine at the restaurants. Every First Saturday there is a theme that applies and varies based on that time of year. People from all around walk the streets of downtown and have the chance to enjoy lots of entertainment.
This month’s theme was harvest to kick off our fall season. “It’s really cool that they always have themes to it and it’s very exciting” says Kylie Baker from The Pasta Palette. Dancing Bear Toys gave out free hot cider, while other businesses participated in a pumpkin carving contest.
Small shops get the chance to be recognized on this day and gain more business than usual. The Perfect Truffle opened three weeks ago and had their first dose of First Saturday. “There has definitely been a lot of foot traffic than a regular Saturday” said employee Brooke Bailey. Unfortunately, the weather was rainy and cold, but it did not stop people from buying chocolate.
The rainy weather put a damper on other shops. “It brings business absolutely, but only if the weather is good. We’re actually doing slower than we usually do” said Zebop employee Melissa Cutts. It is important that the weather accommodates, so people will be able to enjoy the festivities even more.
To encourage people to come to First Saturday, some shops have special sales. “We usually have a basket drawing” said Kylie Baker. By having special deals they hope to attract visitors and promote their business.
First Saturday allows people to get out and explore with lots of entertainment. As the seasons change, people will get a different taste of Downtown Frederick. As fall continues and the winter holidays approach Frederick hopes to attract more visitors by hosting a variety of activities and especially First Saturday.