People shopped during the Shop the Square even in Paulding on Dec. 2. The second round is coming up on Dec. 9. (DHI Media/Melinda Krick)
People shopped during the Shop the Square even in Paulding on Dec. 2. The second round is coming up on Dec. 9. (DHI Media/Melinda Krick)

PAULDING – This Saturday, Dec. 9, Paulding will host its second Shop the Square downtown.

This event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is organized by the Paulding Chamber of Commerce, Friends of the Chamber and the Downtown Revitalization Committee. The first event on Dec. 2 drew hundreds of shoppers to the local scene for products.

“We had a very successful event. Everyone complimented on how it was nice to see people shopping in downtown Paulding,” said committee chairman Jill Strahley. “The vendors were happy and exclaimed about the amount of shoppers they had. Some were so busy, they had a line of people waiting to check out.”

Last weekend, 22 vendors filled multiple buildings around the square, selling handmade gifts, food and other products. Twenty-five vendors are scheduled to participate on Dec. 9.

In addition to the many local vendors set up downtown, many other local retailers are offering deals and specials.

Shoppers can retrieve a Shop the Square map from any downtown business, as well as gas stations and the chamber office. The map will help guide participants through the vendors and shops set up around the square. It also will provide coupons and the locations of additional businesses to shop.

A free gift bag and Christmas CD will be offered to STS shoppers at the Paulding County Area Foundation and Paulding County Economic Development Office while supplies last.

Mikayla Pieper, chamber director, acknowledges Paulding County Area Foundation, radio station My 102.7 and the Paulding County Progress for their involvement with promoting Shop the Square.

Other members of the organizing committee are Renee Boss, Pam Dempsey, Susan Paulus and Mikayla Pieper.

“Friends of the Chamber and Downtown Revitalization wanted to organize an event to attract shoppers to downtown Paulding to make vacant buildings useful and promote local artisans and vendors,” said Strahley.

“The goal is to develop an ongoing event with vendors throughout the year and attract tenants to the downtown,” she added.

Come on out and join in for some great buys just in time for the Christmas season.

Here’s the list for Dec. 9 vendors:

Handmade jewelry and crafts - Ellie Barnes

Pampered Chef - Nicole Gebers

It’s Knott Pottery - Brandon Knott

Breads and Threads - Cheryl Rise

Winding Brook Stock Farms beef & CSP Nutrition - Eli Cook

Kreations by Kennedy - John Kennedy

Handmade wooden art - Eric Gillespie

Paintings and Thirty-One - Susan Bohner

Cotton candy, OSU Buckeye necklaces & ornaments - Kasey Mills

Doll clothing and accessories - Becky Carr

Wooden crafts and art - Mike Woodring

Sprocket crocheted items - Nikki Hull

Upcycled crafts - Heather Gottke

Young Living Oils - Kari Spangler

Sandy’s Sensations - Sandy Landrum

Assorted Nuts - Ron Dietrich

A Vintage In Time - Pam Dempsey

Lonnie’s Downtime - handmade baby items - Lonnie Leverton

Scentsy - Stephanie Hull

Usborne Books - Jessica Manz

Once I Was - Vicki Schulte

E&R Ceramics - Ron Ruger

Angels Four - Jean Schooley

What The Fudge - dips & jellies

Six local book authors

Current businesses that are participating with specials or coupons include:

Fiesta Habaneros restaurant

Susie’s Family Bakery

Signature Embroidery

Holly Wood & Vine Florals

Red Angel Pizza

Paulding Ace Hardware

Napa True Value

Don & Perry’s Furniture

Bargain Bin

Past Time Café

Kircher’s Flowers

For more information, check out Shop the Square’s Facebook page.