STEUBENVILLE - Tri-State Financial Services will roll out the welcome mat for Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce members at a special Business After Hours designed to give not-so-frequent visitors to downtown Steubenville a taste of what they've been missing.
The fourth-annual Taste of Downtown will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at Tri-State Financial, 255 N. Third St.
Organizers Ken Perkins and Suzanne Kresser say the outdoor event, a Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours function, puts the spotlight squarely on downtown Steubenville, showcasing the culinary specialties of eight restaurants and bakeries - Baker Boy's, Damon's, Downtown Bakery, Froehlich's Classic Corner, Hu Nan Chinese Restaurant, Naples, Plain Jane's and Yorgo's, all but one of them located in downtown Steubenville.
MAKING PLANS – Making plans for the fourth-annual Taste of Downtown Business After Hours event are, from left, Tri-State Financial Service’s Kelli Knight, Brittany Sterling, Suzanne Kresser, Ken Perkins and Annie, their puppy. The event, set from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 in tents set up in Tri-State’s parking lot, will feature at least eight local restaurants and is designed to show people all the city has to offer after hours. Tri-State Financial is located at 255 N. Third St. -- Linda Harris
"It's a chance for chamber members who don't often get a chance to come downtown, or who haven't been downtown in years, to see the growth," said Perkins, who earlier this year moved his offices downtown. "There's just a lot going on."
Chamber President Sue Hershey said it's an opportunity for her members and their guests "to sample the best of the downtown restaurants."
"This has been an annual event," she said. "For the last three years it was sponsored by the Herald-Star, and now they've passed the torch to Tri-State Financial, which recently located downtown. It's another example of downtown business chamber members sponsoring events to provide networking opportunities" for our members and their guests.
Perkins said Tri-State Financial stepped up to host this year's BAH in hopes of showing guests another perspective of downtown life.
"I'd like to see it move every couple of years," he added.
Kresser said as many as 125 people typically attend the event.
"Everybody is so excited about the growth going on around the area, especially the downtown revitalization," she said. "We're excited to do this. For us to move our business down here, it's obvious we believe in the revitalization and everything that's going on."
She also pointed out that most of the restaurants participating in the event are "locally owned, family businesses that have been here a long time."
The Taste of Downtown will feature a DJ and karaoke, in addition to foods prepared by the sponsoring restaurants and adult beverages. There will be door prizes and a special drawing.
Kresser said they'll have two tents set up on the 1-acre lot, so the BAH will go as planned, rain or shine.
Admission is $10 . Reservations are due by 4 p.m. Friday and may be made by calling (740) 282-6226 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.