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Thursday, June 27, 2024

This Friday, June 28, the first annual Fourth Friday at The Emporium will be a thrilling and enjoyable way to end each month, filled with fun activities and live music.

Chris Godfrey, owner of the downtown host for small businesses, says the idea came when he and the other owners wanted to do something to bring the community together.

“The charm of a small town is having events like this. We want people to get out and enjoy themselves. We provide the setting and do all the hard work. People get to get out of the house, have fun, and support their community. Everyone wins,” said Godfrey.

The monthly event will be themed, with this month dedicated to kids in the community. 

“There will be face painting, a motorcycle show, bounce houses, food trucks, activities, games, live music, as well as non-profit organizations that are mostly children-focused organizations.” 

As the first event of many, Godfrey says The Emporium is still sorting all the details but stresses the event is free.

“This first one is us getting our feet wet. We want it to grow, so expect some learning on our part. Be patient as we figure out how to make this bigger and better, and keep it at no cost to you.”

The Emporium will be open for visitors to explore what the small business hub offers.

“Most of the businesses will be open, with only a few exceptions. Almost all of the ground floor will be open for you to walk through and enjoy. Some of the appointment-based businesses have asked to be excluded (at least this time). As business owners, they make their own hours and have other obligations and families. We completely support their decision to take care of life outside of The Emporium. There will still be plenty of businesses open and ready to tell you all about their shops.”

The Emporium and the Brazil Public Library will partner for the annual event, and guests will be able to visit both locations safely. Walnut Street will be closed. 

“We are so excited about this! Sarah Trover is their new director, and she is so eager to serve this community. She expressed to us how in love she is with Brazil and how she would be overjoyed to help with the Fourth Friday events. We share her drive and energy. Partnering helps us both; we gain her experience and passion, and the library gets to reach more to the community about what they have to offer our citizens.”

In February, The Emporium opened it’s doors to the public and currently hosts 11 small businesses with a range of specialties.

“The Emporium isn’t just a mini-mall. We are your neighbors. Nearly every business owner in The Emporium is a citizen of Brazil or the surrounding area. We love our town. Since we live here too, we know we need more to do here. If that means us hosting events, giving back, and donating our time to do that, or starting a business to do just that, then that’s what we will do,” said Godfrey. “However, we can’t bring you all of that without your support. Spread the word. Tell your friends and family. Take some time to support these businesses so they can keep pouring their hearts into their craft and bringing all these exciting options to Brazil, all under one roof.”

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