Visiting the Amazon fulfillment center last week was an interesting experience. The size of the building is incredible. The technology is amazing. The fact that it offers employment to 1,100 people is impressive.
Amazon is not the only distribution center in Cecil County, but it is among the newest. Thinking back on the many centers I have toured through the years, it is a marvel to think of the many food items and other products that move through our county on their route between manufacturer and consumer.
This week, I joked with a political candidate that if they wanted to assure a win, they should legislate that all distribution centers in the county must offer an outlet shop for surplus items and/or scratch-and-dent merchandise. Can you imagine the fun local shoppers could have? We could stop at the food distributor and maybe get an over-ordered box of steaks that would have usually gone to a restaurant. There would be tires available from another outlet. Furniture, appliances and clothing would be in other outlets. What a concept!
First Friday Plans Are Revealed
The First Friday Art Loop and the Elkton Little League Parade means that downtown Elkton will be a very busy place on April 6. The Elkton Alliance has created a map detailing the parade route, street closures and available parking. The map is being sent out to merchants who are encouraged to share it with their customers. Volunteers will hand out promotional bags during the parade and to help First Friday attendees find parking. The parade is expected to last about a half hour and downtown merchants hope participants will check out the interesting shops and restaurants while they are downtown. Another new event is planned for an upcoming First Friday Art Loop. Cecil College’s Elkton campus is having a “Parents Night Out.” For $15 per child, $10 each for more than one child, parents can enroll their children, from potty-trained age to 12 years old, into the evening which includes an evening of games, pizza, a craft and a movie from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Parents can enjoy the Art Loop while their youngsters are cared for and entertained. Information on the Parents Night Out will be handed out during next week’s First Friday.
Cecil County Has A
“Best Tiny Town!”
“Southern Living” magazine has named Chesapeake City as one of the top 10 of the South’s Best Tiny Towns.
WILMAPCO Seeks Public Opinions
Every four years, WILMAPCO, the regional transportation organization, conducts a telephone public opinion survey of the region’s residents. There is also an online version of the survey this year. Cecil County residents are invited to participation. The survey results are used to inform the update of the Regional Transportation Plan. Visit www.surveymonkey.co/r/wilmapcosurvey.
Elkton Farmers Market Is Opening Soon
The 2018 season of the Elkton’s Farmers Market will begin on Thursday, April 12. The market is located under a covered pavilion in the town’s municipal parking lot off Howard and Bow streets. The downtown merchants committee were told this week that Matt and Morgan from Angelina’s Market will bring their vegetables into town on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other vendors are expressing interest in participating. Other activities such as music, things for kids to do and even some possible logo bags were discussed by the merchants. Potential vendors can contact Michelle Henson at the Elkton Town Hall at 410-398-0970 or email michelle.Henson@elkton.org.
“Dinner Under the Stars”
Is In The Future
Elkton’s downtown merchants are planning Dinner Under the Stars in the town sometime in 2019. Roads will be closed to accommodate the event, but merchants want to make sure businesses are not inconvenienced by any road closures. The downtown merchants are being asked to list their events and follow planned events by using a special online calendar which has been established. Originally, the dinner event was being considered for this autumn, but instead a movie night may be planned for this year with the dinner next year.
Fall Fest Theme Is Selected
This year’s Fall Fest in Elkton will be a tropical theme and will be titled “Fall Fest – Farewell to Summer.” At this week’s merchants committee meeting, it was reported that the Fall Fest committee is looking to increase the number of people at the annual Fall Fest in September by adding a local band with a local following plus adding a steel drum or Jimmy Buffet tribute band.
Virtual Conference Is Set For Small Business Week
There will be a Small Business Week Virtual Conference from May 1 to 3. Sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association, this free, three-day virtual conference will be held during National Small Business Week. It will offer parts of the in-person conference without the hassle of traveling. Participants can watch a dozen educational webinars, get free business advice from mentors and pick up free information and resources from sponsors and network with fellow business owners. Register through the Small Business Administration.