What’s Up Downtown set for Wednesday with Nelsons

WHAT’S UP DOWNTOWN — Mark and Therese Nelson stand in the Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shoppe, one of several downtown businesses that will host the November What’s Up Downtown event set for Wednesday evening. The Nelsons also will offer visitors a sneak look at the Steubenville Popcorn Co. and Leonardo’s Coffee Shop. -- Dave Gossett

STEUBENVILLE — One week after approximately 3,000 people filled several streets downtown, the Steubenville Revitalization Group hopes to bring more people into the central business district for the final What’s Up Downtown event of the season, set to run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

According to SRG President Mark Nelson, this event will be anchored at the Drosselmeyer’s Nutcracker Shop with sneak peeks of the adjacent Steubenville Popcorn Co. and the Leonardo’s Coffee Shop, which are set to open in the next several weeks.

“And we have several of our downtown stores that will be open that evening on Fourth Street and Market Street, including Bookmarx, the Antique Warehouse, Appliance Depot, Mike’s Sweeper Center, Ace Optical, the Downtown Bakery and Just Play. Our downtown restaurants are already open in the evening, so we are inviting people to stop downtown for dinner and a chance to visit our local businesses,” Nelson explained.

Mike Strean of the SRG said the Steubenville Visitor Center trolley has been reserved to offer free rides to visitors who prefer to ride.

“Some of the businesses will be offering a special discount on their products and services during the event,” noted Strean.

“We are excited to offer folks a chance to visit the nutcracker shoppe as well as a chance to see our Steubenville Popcorn Co. and Leonardo’s Coffee Shop. The popcorn company and coffee shop are nearing an opening date as we finish up the renovation work,” said Nelson.

“The Steubenville Popcorn Co. has 20 local flavors, and the coffee shop will have 10 different flavors of locally ground coffee. And the popcorn and coffee will be available in the nutcracker store,” added Nelson.

“The home for these businesses is a building that was built in 1880. Ten years later, the Clover Club meeting room was here followed in 1906 by the Woodmen fraternal organization. In 1929, a bakery was here. Eventually some 75 businesses occupied these premises, including a department store and Frank & Jerry’s Furniture and Appliance store as well as a woman’s clothing store,” cited Nelson.

“This is truly one of Steubenville’s finest older buildings, and my family and I are very excited to be able to bring retail business back into the structure.

“We have put a lot of hours in here renovating the building and I hope we have a lot of visitors Wednesday evening to check out our businesses as well as other businesses in the downtown business district. We had a great crowd downtown last week for Steubenville Lights Up the Night, and I hope we see a lot of people join us again Wednesday evening,” Nelson said.

(Gossett can be contacted at dgossett@heraldstaronline.com)