Main Street Vineland will be sponsoring its next Downtown Merchants Meet-and-Greet on Thursday, April 6, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the law offices of Gruccio, Pepper, De Santo & Ruth, P.A., at 817 E. Landis Ave., Vineland.
The Downtown Merchants Meet-and-Greets, held every other month on the first Thursday, are meant to bring the various downtown businesses together to get to know and network with each other, and with Main Street Vineland representatives, according to Main Street Vineland Executive Director Russell Swanson. As the Meet-and-Greets are open to the public, it is also an opportunity for the public and the merchants to get to know and network with each other, he said.
“We’re proud to be able to hold this Meet-and-Greet in one of our premier law firms, which is located in one of our downtown’s classic buildings,” Swanson said. “In the early days of Main Street Vineland, they hosted our team meetings in their beautiful conference room. We’re happy and proud to invite businesses and the public to network with us in this fabulous location.
“Merchant networking—to each other and to the public is so very important in a strong center-city business community and the strong turnouts we have been having create a strong network,” Swanson said. “A downtown is a community of its own and the members of that community work best when they know and work with each other.”
This is also opportunity for the businesses and the public to get to know what the Main Street program does and how they can benefit from what Main Street Vineland offers. Doing this on a regular basis, Swanson said, builds on the progress already established.
“We in Main Street want to keep our merchants and the public informed about what is going on in our downtown, but also we want feedback from the businesses, as well,” said Main Street Vineland Associate Director and Business Development Director Robert Scarpa. “This not only includes input from the businesses but also using networking forums like this to show off what goods and services they offer the public.”
The Downtown Merchants Meet-and-Greets are a regular part of Main Street Vineland’s downtown mix of activities, according to Swanson, and various downtown businesses will have the opportunity to gain added exposure by taking turns hosting them.