In­dian Head busi­nesses vis­ited by trol­ley riders

More than 30 artists, crafters, busi­nesses par­tic­i­pated

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

Heads turned and faces lit up Tues­day as peo­ple watched the In­dian Head trol­ley trans­port lo­cal shop­pers to busi­ness lo­ca­tions through­out the town. The rainy, un­usual- ly warm day didn’t hold off the ven­dors from show­cas­ing their goods.

The In­dian Head Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion and the Town of In­dian Head spon­sored the fifth an­nual Up on the Hill and Through the Town Busi­ness Open House and Ven­dor Expo from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 29. Vis­i­tors had the op­por­tu­nity to be picked up and dropped off by the trol­ley as they stopped by each busi­ness to shop and meet more than 30 par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, crafters and busi­nesses.

“Our trol­ley doesn’t come out very of­ten and the In­dian Head Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion thought it would be fan­tas­tic if we could show­case the trol- ley but also have it drop peo­ple off,” said Pam Hund­ley, co-owner of Dale’s Smoke­house and co-chair of the busi­ness as­so­cia- tion. “Every­body loves rid­ing the trol­ley. You just don’t get a chance to ride a trol­ley very of­ten.”

Ven­dors from all over Charles County were able to set up shop in- side any of the busi­ness lo­ca­tions in­volved, free of charge. Par­tic­i­pants were wel­comed with re­fresh­ments, games, priz- es and raf­fle tick­ets for a chance to win a bas­ket of good­ies. Vis­i­tors also do­nated non-per­ish­able food items to sup­port N.E.T.S. (Neigh­bors Eager to Serve) be­fore vis­it­ing Santa Claus at The Moose Lodge and meet­ing the Chick-fil-A cow.

“Five years ago the busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion was look­ing for ways to bring busi­ness and the public to­gether, so a few busi- ness own­ers came to­gether and de­cided to have a Christmas get-to­gether in­clud­ing lo­cal ven­dors to show­case what they have,” Hund­ley said. “The pur­pose of the event is to let peo­ple know about all of these ven­dors that live within our com­mu­nity. The tal­ents that they have and the home­made crafts are un­be­liev­able.”

Hund­ley said peo­ple have “tun­nel vi­sion” as they drive through In­dian Head and trav­el­ers don’t even no­tice the busi­ness- es on each side of Route 210. How­ever, dur­ing the an­nual Up on the Hill and Through the Town event lo­cals get a chance to stop and meet busi­ness own- ers and their staff.

“Our town is at the end of the road,” said Sue Mc- Cormick, owner of Hill­top Sa­lon & Tanning. “We have lost a lot of busi­nesses, but we are alive. The ones that are [still here are] thriv­ing and peo­ple for­get that we are here. In­stead, many peo­ple go to La Plata or Wal­dorf to do all of their shop­ping. So we’re try­ing to make sure peo­ple know we’re here and know that In­dian Head is still alive.”

Hund­ley said nor­mally they have 10 busi­ness lo­ca­tions to hold ven­dors, but this year eight busi­nesses par­tic­i­pated.

McCormick said the event didn’t have the best turnout, but all of the busi­nesses came to­gether as a com­mu­nity for this fun joint event.

“It’s a warm event that makes you feel good about the town,” Hund­ley said. “You have a new re­spect for every­body and it’s just re­ally nice.”

Donna Cobb, owner of The Flower Bas­ket, said the event did draw in ven­dors and new faces who aren’t nor­mally in the In­dian Head area. Cobb’s flo­ral busi­ness, which she de­scribes as a per­son­al­ized, friendly shop in town, has been open for five years.

“If peo­ple came to In­dian Head and ac­tu­ally spent some time here, al­though we are so close to big­ger ar­eas, we do have that small town feel and ev­ery­one is willing to help each other,” Cobb said. “I think the event is a good thing for the town and I would love to see it con­tinue. I hope to see more busi­nesses come in and re­al­ize that In­dian Head is not just the end of the road. Our mayor, he’s great. He checks on all the busi­nesses once a month and he’s work­ing hard to bring In­dian Head back to life.”

The flo­ral shop is right next to Michelle’s Cakes, where lo­cals with a sweet tooth can find tasty cup­cakes and treats.

The In­dian Head Moose Lodge 1712 was busy spread­ing Christmas cheer with an early visit from Santa Claus. The Lodge’s John Carl­son said the event had a steady flow of peo­ple which al­lowed his staff to raise aware­ness of the lodge and its weekly ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We saw a lot of faces and there’s a lot of peo­ple who don’t know the Indi- an Head Moose Lodge is in this neigh­bor­hood or where it is,” Carl­son said. “We like to get in­volved with the town and the event gets peo­ple out to see what we’re about, and the res­i­dents see what’s avail­able to the com­mu­nity. This is our third year par­tic­i­pat­ing and if they do it again next year, we will par­tic­i­pate in it again.”

Lo­cal ven­dor Brenda Hayes, owner of One Horse Farm, sells some of her ap­ple but­ter, peanut brit­tle and other goods to Mayor Bran­don Paulin at Dale’s Smoke­house in In­dian Head.

Donna Cobb, owner of The Flower Bas­ket, pre­pares a flower ar­range­ment or­der dur­ing the Busi­ness Open House & Ven­dor Expo held on Nov. 29 in In­dian Head.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

On Nov. 29, the In­dian Head trol­ley drove vis­i­tors and shop­pers to var­i­ous busi­ness lo­ca­tions through­out the town.

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