Even though the recession has hit many main streets around our country, local merchants in Chardon have held their own and experienced growth. The success of Chardon’s uptown during these hard economic times has been possible because of the hard work of many interested parties who have offered numerous wonderful events throughout the year. There are also many good restaurants and intriguing shops for visitors to enjoy.
One of the unique shops still going strong after opening in April 2010, is Kelly’s Korner, which is located at 115 Main Street. While opening its doors, Kelly’s Korner had five local artisans and craftsmen putting their works up for sale in this unique boutique. Kelly’s Korner now features many more local artisans and craftsmen who have their works on display for sale. “Holiday sales were strong this year,” said one of the proprietors, Brian Kelly.
Another local merchant off to a strong start since opening its doors this past August, is Holly’s Hearing Aid Center, which is located at 151 Main Street. “I have a true passion for helping the hearing impaired and I intend to be in Chardon for many years,” said owner Holly Murdock. Before opening up in Chardon, Holly worked at fitting hearing aids for the past 14 years. During that time, she saw clients having to drive long distances to get basic services, so opening up shop in Chardon made perfect sense. Since the opening of Holly’s Hearing Aid Center, all first level spots on Main Street were rented and occupied for the first time in years. In the coming months, there will be at least one additional shop opening up on the Square which will include a ladies boutique.
Local shoppers are encouraged to visit the Chardon Square and browse through the many interesting shops. For more information about the wonderful events throughout the year, good restaurants, and unique shops, please visit the Chardon Square Association at http://web.me.com/heyyou830/chardonsquare/, Chardon Tomorrow at http://www.chardontomorrow.org/, and/or the City of Chardon at www.chardon.cc.