Fran­chot pro­motes Shop Maryland in Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

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.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

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.

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