By JOY BROWN
Sure, there are scented candles at Bath and Body Works, Calvin Klein dresses at T.J.Maxx, and Carhartt jackets at Raven Rock Workwear, but entertainment has also become a large part of Findlay Village Mall offerings.
It’s part of the reason why the mall continues to be a city destination despite adverse news, such as last fall’s announcement that the Sears store, a mall anchor, will be closing in April due to corporate downsizing.
“Findlay Village Mall continues to be a leader in hosting and supporting community events. Car, bridal, health, home, garden, craft and home-based business shows grow larger every year and offer free, fun activities for the family,” said Vonn Bowers, mall manager.
The Valentine’s Day weekend car show, held annually, is always anticipated by customers, Bowers said.
Another event, the Greater Findlay Area Home Show, “was a new addition in 2013 and will return bigger and better on March 1 and 2 featuring over 100 exhibitors and mall-wide activities,” Vonn said.
Last year’s trick-or-treat event inside the mall was perhaps the best-attended since it’s been offered. It was given a boost when the city postponed community-wide trick-or-treating because of bad weather.
The Findlay Village Mall Kids Klub also continues to expand with free make-and-take events, a partnership with Community Reads, and Santa and Easter bunny visits.
“The announcement of the Children’s Museum of Findlay opening a ‘Main Street’ prototype at the mall in early June will offer another wonderful opportunity for family entertainment featuring hands-on activities for the children,” Vonn said. “And, of course, JerBear’s Play Land continues to serve as an entertainment and meeting place for family convenience while shopping at the center.”
This year, Vonn said, Cedar Creek Community Church plans to move into the former 22,000-square-foot theater space on the northeast side of the mall, and remodeling and expansions of existing stores are planned.
The mall’s property management firm, JJ Gumberg, will aggressively market the Sears space to potential new tenants, Vonn said.
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