Franchot promotes Shop Maryland in Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE — Comptroller Peter Franchot visited Downtown Cambridge on Friday, Dec. 2, to promote small business and his Shop Maryland for the Holidays campaign.
Each year, Franchot visits areas across Maryland to encourage residents to support the small businesses in their communities, particularly during the high volume holiday shopping season.
“The whole point is to say to folks, ‘Look, somebody has to pay rent for these stores, pay the employees,
somebody has to pay all the accountants and lawyers,’” Franchot said. “Without traffic from consumers and without purchases from consumers during the holiday season, they’re not going to be able to stay open.
“We want to come down and do the right thing,” he said. “When you say that to Marylanders, they get it. They understand that the internet is convenient, they think they save some tax money, but they’re much more loyal to the folks that run these wonderful stores.”
Butterfly Boutique was the first stop in this year’s tour, and owner Dovile Cropper said that she has seen a significant increase in sales compared to the numbers from this time last year. She said she almost doubled her sales on Black Friday this year.
Several community leaders joined Franchot in his visit, including state Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-MidShore; Del. Chris Adams, R-37-Wicomico; Cambridge Mayor Victoria JacksonStanley; Cambridge Main Street Executive Director Katie Clendaniel; Cambridge Economic Development Director Brandon Hesson; Maryland Retailers Association President Cailey Locklair Tolle; Dorchester County Business Development Manager Susan Banks; Dorchester County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker and more.
“Brick-and-mortar is so important, and when you shop brick-and-mortar, you invest in your community,” Tolle said. “What brick-andmortar does for the community is a story that isn’t often told — philanthropy, neighborhood stabilization, taxes pay for the things we all care about so much.”
Additional stops on the tour included Thomas’ Fine Jewelry, Rock Lobstah, Knit Nook and Simmons Center Market.
The Cambridge Main Street Shopping Spree promotion is still ongoing in Downtown Cambridge. For every $20 spent, shoppers will be entered into a drawing to win a generous shopping spree at the participating businesses. The promotion ends on Second Saturday, Dec. 10, when a winner will be chosen.
Participating businesses include Sunnyside Shop, Butterfly Boutique, Heart of Dorchester Antiques, Thomas’s Fine Jewelry, The Wine Bar, The High Spot, Stoked, Blackwater Bakery, Rock Lobstah, Knit Nook, Canvasback, Main Street Galler y, Craig’s Gift Shop, Liv Again / The Art Bar, RAR Brewing, Simmon’s Center Market, Downtown Frame of Mine, Jimmie & Sook’s, Furniture Flipping Females (FFF) and more.
Wednesday, Dec. 7, and Friday, Dec. 9, will be Doe & Stag Night downtown. On Wednesday, ladies will sample wines as they venture from shop to shop, entering their favorite items into a store gift registry. On Friday, the gentlemen will be able to take advantage of the registry as they shop for their ladies. Participating shops, galleries, and restaurants will be open late both nights.
Second Saturday, Dec. 10, will feature trunk shows, bushel basket displays, carriage rides, and the grand prize drawings for the Downtown Shopping Spree. Expect live music, a Holiday Song Karaoke Competition finals, and more surprises. Shops, galleries, and restaurants open until late.
Saturday, Dec. 17, will be Dad’s Day, a chance for him to take the family out to shop for mom, aunts, grandmothers, and more.
A new promotion throughout the season this year is Gift Wrapping for Cause, sponsored by the Whitten Group. Cambridge Main Street has partnered with local non-profits like the Dorchester YMCA, Baywater Animal Rescue, and the Lighthouse Foundation to provide gift wrapping in exchange for donations to the respective good cause.
The Dorchester YMCA will provide gift wrapping from 12 p.m. until late on Saturday, Dec. 10. Habitat Choptank will wrap for Dad’s Day, Saturday, Dec. 17.
The 2016 Cambridge Main Street ornament, a commemoration of the Cambridge Municipal Building and Firehouse, is also available now at various downtown retailers for $20.
Butterfly Boutique owner Dovile Cropper, left, checks out Comptroller Peter Franchot, Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore and Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley during Franchot’s Shop Maryland visit to downtown Cambridge Friday, Dec. 2.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, left, Santa Claus and local dignitaries visit Butterfly Boutique owner Dovile Cropper during Franchot’s Shop Maryland visit to downtown Cambridge Friday, Dec. 2.
Comptroller Peter Franchot, right, presents Jennifer Fanning, of Rock Lobstah, with his Comptroller’s Medallion during his Shop Maryland visit to downtown Cambridge Friday, Dec. 2.
Thomas’ Fine Jewelry owner Thomas Robinson, right, and his sister Amanda Robinson meet Comptroller Peter Franchot during Franchot’s Shop Maryland visit to downtown Cambridge Friday, Dec. 2.