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Thanking small businesses

Ironton aLive wishes to thank all those that participated in the third annual Ironton Small Business Saturday. Including the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from Troop 106 that once again fixed s’mores and kept them coming for the shoppers.

The trolley stayed busy moving folks from downtown to the hotel, the Ironton Hills Mall and South Third Street. The elves made cookies at the Transit Café and Santa himself taking requests from the kids at the Ironton City Center.

We thank the merchants for participating by decorating their windows and filling the downtown with Christmas cheer. But most of all Ironton aLive thanks the shoppers for filling the downtown with activity. The sidewalks downtown were filled with folks walking from store to store. The scene resembled the busy Christmas season of the past.

Ironton aLive this year introduced the passport program for the shoppers. The passport gave shoppers a chance to win Ironton Bucks. Ironton Bucks were introduced last year and were very successful, they can only be spent with Ironton merchants and Ironton aLive reimburses the merchant dollar for dollar. All shoppers who visited 10 of the 30 participating stores entered their passports in a drawing, the first prize was $500, second prize $250 and third prize $100 in Ironton Bucks. The winners are Sarah Dressel, Elaine Kleinman and Laura King. I wish to thank everyone that took part and hope you make shopping in Ironton a habit.


Sam Heighton

Executive Director,

Ironton aLive