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Spend, Gift and Support Downtown Fremont Inc. Member Businesses

Spend, Gift and Support Downtown Fremont Inc. Member Businesses

New mobile gift card program sponsored by Downtown Fremont Inc. serves employers, and merchants as a simple way to give back to our community.

Downtown Fremont Inc. is proud to announce the new Think Fremont Community Card, a community-based digital gift card that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. Purchase a Think Fremont Community Card E-Card by visiting the Downtown Fremont Inc. website at www.downtownfremontohio.org or use the following link: https://www.downtownfremontohio.org/buycards/. With this card, you can write a personal message and send it to family, friends and colleagues via email, text, or physical copy. Recipients can choose to spend it at one of 21 (and growing) participating merchants in Fremont —or mix it up and spend flexibly at multiple locations. All-digital and always available on your phone, the Think Fremont Community Card is great for birthdays, holidays, teacher appreciation, coach gifts, or just to show your appreciation to a friend. Now you can give back to the community while you support local businesses especially this Christmas season and in 2021.

The Think Fremont Community Card eGift card is the perfect way to show love for your community and delight a friend!

Why supporting local businesses is so important
Participating in this program means supporting the heart of what makes our community unique. The purchase of a Think Fremont Community Card eGift Card creates a pool of cash that local businesses in Fremont can rely on. Studies have shown that local independent retailers recirculate 47% of their revenue back into the community, while only 14% of national chains’ revenue stays in the community. More dramatically, restaurants recirculate 73% of their revenue back into the community, versus only 30% for national chains.

By supporting local businesses, more money continues circulating through the local community—this is achieved through a combination of profits paid to local business owners, wages paid to local workers, goods and services procured locally for internal use or resale, and charitable giving within the community. If you’re looking for a way to do some good or want to know how you can help the community you love, send a Think Fremont Community Card E-Card today! For more information or to participate as a Downtown Fremont Inc. member in the program, please contact the Downtown Fremont Inc.

About Downtown Fremont Inc.
Downtown Fremont Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that works to support the revitalization of downtown Fremont Ohio. It allows for investors, donors, and members to preserve history while also adding something new. From restaurants to retail, parades to parties, farmers markets to festivals, there is always something to do in Downtown Fremont. We’d love you to come and visit us! Walk, ride, bike, or drive, you can easily access the attractions that Downtown Fremont offers.

About Yiftee
Yiftee (Yiftee.com) is the award winning, no hassle eGift card and promotions solution for local businesses and communities. With no special technology or POS integration, no revenue-share and no special accounting, it’s easy for merchants to offer eGift Cards on their website and Facebook pages. Merchants gain additional sales, foot traffic, and an eGifting capability like big retailers. Consumers, corporations, and merchants use the Yiftee mobile and online website to send thoughtful, unexpected gifts via email, text or print. Recipients pick up their Yiftee gifts using their smartphone at their favorite local restaurants and shops, driving profitable business to those merchants. For more info see Yiftee.com or email info@yiftee.com.

Downtown Fremont Inc. to host “Celebrate” Downtown Open House & Holiday Market

Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting a “Celebrate” Downtown Open House on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5. Thingamajig’s Holiday Market is Saturday, December 5 from 11am-2pm. Attendance to these events is free to the public.

“Celebrate” Downtown Open House is an opportunity for businesses to have extended hours to display all the merchandise they have to make your holiday shopping spectacular. Each of the businesses will have festive holiday savings to go along with unique gifts to buy for your love ones.

Thingamajig’s Holiday Market is from 11am til 2pm on Front Street between Croghan Street and Birchard Avenue. Sun, Rain, Snow or Cold, it will still go ON! The Holiday Market is a open air market on the streets of Downtown Fremont. At this time, seeking out vendors for the market to provide a great variety of goods to be sold. Each spot is 10×10 and the cost is $20…electricity not included. Must provide own tent and tables. Call 567-342-4758 to register and give payment over the phone. This is a great opportunity to support Small Businesses in Downtown Fremont and surrounding areas!

Downtown Fremont Inc. also has many more free events planned in 2021, so stay tuned and follow us on social media.

Thingamajig’s Holiday Market – Saturday, December 5th 11am-2pm

‼️ BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ‼️
We will be hosting the Thingamajig’s Holiday Market on Saturday, December 5 from 11am-2pm on Front Street! Sun, Rain, Snow or Cold, it will still go ON!
This will be just like a Farmers Market, so we are looking for vendors. Each spot is 10×10 and cost is $20…electricity not included. Must provide own tent and tables. Call 567-342-4758 to register and give payment over the phone.
Great opportunity to support support Small Businesses in Downtown Fremont and surrounding areas!

Downtown Fremont Inc. to Host Holly Jolly Events

Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting Holly Jolly Events in Downtown Fremont to get the holiday season started. The Tree Lighting on Friday, November 27 is at 7pm and Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 28. Attendance to these events is free to the public.

The Tree Lighting will take place at the corner of Front and State Streets by The Santa House Downtown. Prior to the Tree Lighting from 5-7pm, Santa will be in his house for children to visit and tell him what they want for Christmas. Santa will have hours from 1-3pm on Saturday, November 28 also. During this time Covid-19 guidelines will be adhered to by social distancing, masks required, hand washing station, and monitoring of your health before coming to the events.

To kick off the Tree Lighting, there will be dancers from Kassandra’s Dance Academy and The Garrison Restaurant will be roasting chestnuts and other holiday foods to get everyone in the spirit of the holiday season. For the tree lighting, Front Street between State Street and Croghan Street will be closed to traffic, for portable bleachers to be placed for sitting for the event to ensure social distancing.

Small Business Saturday is an effort to support local shops that make our communities strong. This event encourages people to Shop Small & Shop Local and brings more holiday shopping to small businesses. Kristie Bilger, Executive Director, “The war on small businesses is happening. While franchises are great, a lot of that money leaves the community while most all of small business money stays in the community.” Small Business Saturday is a great event through American Express to make a BIG IMPACT within Downtown Fremont by shopping small and supporting local.

From November 27 through December 14, 2020, for every $10 you spend at participating downtown retail businesses, your name will be added into the 2 drawings being held on Monday, December 14, 2020. The first name out receives 250 Downtown Fremont Dollars. The second name out receives 100 Downtown Fremont Dollars. Downtown Dollars are redeemable at the many participating Downtown Fremont stores.
Santa is in the House on the corner of Front Street and Croghan Street in December on Friday’s from 5-7pm and Saturday’s from 1-3pm. Outside The Santa House Downtown is a mailbox for children to mail Christmas letters to Santa and receive a letter back from the North Pole from November 27 to December 19, no stamp required, but each envelope must have a return address.

Vendor Map for Saturday, October 17th Farmers Market & Crop Harvest Happenings Event

Vendor Map for Saturday, October 17th Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market & ProMedica & South Creek Clydesdales Harvest Happenings Event from 9am-1pm! Our market is on Front Street from Croghan Street and extends to Ewing Street in front of Paramount Cinema due to Covid-19 guidelines.

  • At the corner of Croghan and Front Streets, the South Creek Clydesdales will do a 2 hour extensive set-up for the 11am Clydesdale Parade which will take place on the east side of the market. ONE family will be awarded the opportunity to ride in the parade.
  • Trick or Treating will take place with the downtown business and vendors within the market. Each will have an orange balloon to let you know they are participating.
  • The Strand Theater will be showing a Special Feature of Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on the hour during the market.
  • Downtown Business will also be participating in a Pumpkin Hunt, where adults search for pumpkins located in stores to uncover a secret code. Activity sheets can be picked up and returned at the Downtown Fremont Inc. tent, located at Front and Garrison intersection. Completed sheets will be entered into a drawing to win $100 Downtown Fremont Dollars.
  • Stop at the Downtown Fremont Inc. tent at the Front and Garrison intersection to pick up a coloring sheet, color and return to the office at 315 Garrison Street, Fremont, Ohio by Friday, October 30 to be entered into a contest to win 1st $75. 2nd $50 & 3rd $25 Downtown Fremont Dollars.
  • Judging for the Virtual Costume Contest will take place during the market at The Strand Theater, and is open to the community. Winners will be announced after the market. 1st $75. 2nd $50 & 3rd $25 in Downtown Fremont Dollars to be used at member locations.

Downtown Fremont Inc. to Host Farmers Market & Harvest Happenings Event

Downtown Fremont Inc. will be hosting the Croghan Colonial Bank Farmers Market and ProMedica Memorial Hospital & South Creek Clydesdales Harvest Happenings Event on Front Street on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9am-1pm.  Attendance to the market and events will be free to the public.  This Farmers Market has many touchless activities for children and adults.

South Creek Clydesdales will have a 2 hour extensive set-up that starts at 9am at Croghan and Front Streets that will showcase an equestrian exhibition.  There will be a drawing for one family to participate in the AnnualClydesdale Parade which will go through the market at 11am.

Something new is the Virtual Costume Contest; participate by emailing your favorite Halloween picture to marketing@downtownfremontohio.org prior to Friday, October 16 to be a part of the contest. One entry per person.  Judging will take place during the market, and is open to the community.  Winners will be announced after the market.  1st $75. 2nd $50 & 3rd $25 in Downtown Fremont Dollars to be used at member locations.

The Strand Theater will be showing a Special Feature of Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown on the hour during the market.

Look for the orange balloon throughout the market!  Downtown Fremont businesses and vendors will be participating in Trick or Treat from 10am-12pm which allows children to go to stores and vendors to receive pre-packaged tricks and treats.

Downtown Business will also be participating in a Pumpkin Hunt, where adults search for pumpkins located in stores to uncover a secret code.  Activity sheets can be picked up and returned at the Downtown Fremont Inc. tent, located at Front and Garrison intersection.  Completed sheets will be entered in to a drawing to win $100 Downtown Fremont Dollars.

And don’t forget to stop at the Downtown Fremont Inc. tent at the Front and Garrison intersection to pick up a coloring sheet, color and return to the office at 315 Garrison Street, Fremont, Ohio by Friday, October 30 to be entered into a contest to win 1st $75. 2nd $50 & 3rd $25 Downtown Fremont Dollars.

Front Street will be closed from 6am until 2pm on Saturday, October 17th from Croghan Street to Ewing Street for this event.

Vendor Map for Saturday, October 3rd Farmers Market & Crop Circle Event

Vendor Map for Saturday, October 3rd Croghan Colonial Bank  Farmers Market & Pottery Perfection “Done Your Way”  Crop Circle Event from 9am-1pm! Our market is on Front Street from Croghan Street and extends to Ewing Street in front of Paramount Cinema due to Covid-19 guidelines.

Fremont CARES Small Business Relief Program

At last Thursday night’s City Council meeting, Fremont City Council unanimously passed a resolution creating the Fremont CARES Small Business Relief Program.  Attached you find info in regard to the program.  You can also visit the city’s website at www.fremontohio.org for additional information.  Any questions please contact the City of Fremont by emailing fremontcares@fremontohio.org.  Applications will be received until 4:00pm on October 1, 2020.

Press-release-Fremont-CARES-Small-Business-Relief-Program

Fremont-CARES-Small-Business-Relief-Program-Guidelines

Fremont-CARES-Small-Business-Relief-Program-Application

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