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Hagerstown's Maymart makes downtown shopping a (spring) breeze

May 10, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Community Relations Specialist Jennifer Kram blows bubbles to attract passersby and encourage them to make a dentist appointment Thursday during Maymart in downtown Hagerstown.
By Yvette May/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The clouds, wind, and chilly weather swirling around Maymart in downtown Hagerstown Thursday morning didn’t keep everyone inside.

“It was nice to get everything quick,” Hagerstown resident Lolita Spangler said. “(Maymart) brings everything in one place where you can shop and find out about services without having to go far.”

Spangler, 35, was in the Public Square taking advantage of the city’s annual Maymart celebration, in which area businesses set up booths to sell goods directly to customers.

Spangler bought food from Hickory Haven Farm’s booth.

“I know that they have organic vegetables and fruits,” she said. “A lot of their items are homemade, and I appreciate that.”

Flowers, fragrances, jewelry, purses, totes, skin-care products and food were on sale at the event, which lasted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kool Smiles was even there accepting dental appointments for children.

Danielle Yohe of Chambersburg set up a booth for her home-based business, Cookie Lee, which sells jewelry.

“I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to expand to this area and see if I could get new customers,” she said. “It’s a great way to meet new people and new faces.”

Yohe, 34, said that she likes the way Maymart was set up.

“It’s centered great,” she said. “There’s quite a variety of vendors for people.”

A spring celebration, Maymart is held each year on the Thursday before Mother’s Day.

Hagerstown resident Kendra Moore, 37, was selling products for mothers from her booth for Thirty-One Gifts, along with 28-year old Jaime Thompson of Myersville.

“We have purses, other types of accessories, umbrellas, wallets and all types of other totes,” she said. “The name is based off of Proverbs 31 from the Bible, which celebrates a virtuous woman.”

Moore said that Maymart is good for promoting business.

“We’re right in the square of Hagerstown getting lots of attention today,” she said. “All kinds of familiar and nonfamiliar faces are coming through.”

Halfway resident Charles Sigler was among the residents who stopped by,  as he shopped at a vendor selling plants.

“I like to get my tomatoes here every year,” he said. “They could have a little more stuff down here, though.”

Sigler, 71, said that he hopes downtown Hagerstown will host more events such as Maymart to promote the city.

“This gets people down here,” he said. “You need promotions down here to bring more people.”

The Hagerstown Beautification Committee was also giving away tree seedlings, and entertainment was scheduled to be provided by the students from Music with Michael, according to Hagerstown’s website, www.hagerstownmd.org.

Hagerstown resident Leah Churchill, 27, who was shopping for fragrances, also said the event was good for downtown.

“I can get better deals here,” she said. “Lots of people don’t like downtown, but this could draw more crowds. Downtown Hagerstown should have more things like this.”

Maymart originated as Flowermart to celebrate spring, according to the city’s website. The vendors initially offered mainly plants and flowers, but eventually a wider variety of products were sold, so the event was renamed Maymart.

Hagerstown resident Chrissy Long, 37, set up a stand for Scentsy Wickless Candles, selling electric scented candles. She said that this event is good for her and the company, for which she is an independent consultant.

“This is an opportunity for me to get my name out there and network,” she said. “It also shows people that there are still things to do downtown here.”

The event was sponsored by Antietam Cable, Home and Garden Television and the city of Hagerstown.

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