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Downtown has chance to shine

May 15, 2012
The Herald-Star

Do you think there's nothing to do in downtown Steubenville?

If you do, we would argue that you're wrong, and add that the proof will be on display Wednesday evening during the fourth-annual Taste of Downtown.

The event, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., has a new location this year, the recently opened offices of Tri-State Financial Services on Third Street. It's a special Business After Hours presentation by the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce that will offer chamber members and their guests the opportunity to network while sampling the offerings of several area restaurants.

Featured restaurants include Baker Boys, Damon's Grill and Sports Bar, Yorgo's Gyros and Potatoes, Froehlich's Classic Corner, Naples Spaghetti House, Hu Nan Chinese Restaurant, Plain Jane's and Downtown Bakery.

In addition to offering a taste of Steubenville's cuisine, the event will feature door prizes, a 50-50 drawing, cornhole competition and karaoke.

Downtown Steubenville has plenty to offer, with many locally owned shops and businesses that provide personalized service to their customers. That model is being followed by Tri-State Financial, for example, which relocated from its longtime Wintersville location to an expanded Third Street office last fall. Ken Perkins and Suzanne Kresser of Tri-State Financial, organizers of Wednesday's event, are excited about downtown and the growth being experienced there.

There are many activities held downtown each year for residents from all parts of the Tri-State Area to enjoy. The Sandra and Louis Berkman Amphitheater, for example, is home to outdoor concerts every Thursday night during the late spring and summer, with the series scheduled to open May 24. Historic Fort Steuben, meanwhile, offers a look at our area's past. Downtown streets will come alive in June with the annual Grecian Food Festival and activities remembering Dean Martin. The farmers' market will bring fresh produce to the downtown area each week through the fall. And, restoration efforts continue to bring the Grand Theater on Fourth Street back to life.

Some of the best food Steubenville has to offer will take center stage Wednesday evening, and we hope to see you downtown.

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