Downtown Day Brings Petoskey Shoppers into Small Businesses

Pride—that’s the feeling Petoskey shoppers felt during the town’s first ever Downtown Day on Saturday.

Since the pandemic, small businesses have been struggling to stay afloat.

By Gov. Whitmer declaring Sept. 26 Downtown Day, folks say it shows the state cares about the small business economy.

Petoskey shopper Liz Helping says, “We know that behind every small business there’s a family or someone trying to make their dreams come true. So to see legislation that recognizes that and encourages people to get out and support local businesses, is really, really awesome.”

Andi Symond, Downtown Petoskey’s marketing and promotions coordinator, says this small act could do something big for local businesses.

“We’re thankful Gov. Whitmer did declare today Downtown Day just because our downtowns deserve to be honored and celebrated every day, especially throughout the pandemic,” Symond said.

Those shopping, like Brandon Trebbien, say the energy downtown is alive.Screen Shot 2020 09 26 At 6.38.45 Pm

“This is just natural out having fun, engagement in the community. It’s really fun,” he said.

Symond says you can “grab a cup of coffee, lunch, carry out, visit your favorite stores, say hello to your neighbors and just really celebrate your downtown.”

To say thank you for stopping by, Downtown Petoskey did giveaways all Saturday to encourage people to come back.

Andi Symond said, “We have over $500 of Downtown Dollars and another $200 of gift cards donated by Downtown merchants.”

Downtown Petoskey says it is continuing to encourage community members to spend their money locally and this is a good start.