Main Street Portsmouth (MSP) is set to host the annual Ellen Vetter Chocolate Walk on Saturday, Feb. 6, starting at 11 a.m. Over the years, this event has turned into one of MSP’s most popular events.
“Tickets (for the event) are $5 and can be purchased at the Main Street Portsmouth Office inside the Scioto County Welcome Center, the Sweet Boutique on Chillicothe Street, at Morgan Brothers Jewelers, Ghosts in the Attic, Remember When Antiques and Market Street Hardware,” Joseph Pratt, Executive Director of Main Street Portsmouth said.
Pratt said a few years ago the MSP Board of Directors named the Chocolate Walk in memory of Ellen Vetter.
“She was a major supporter of downtown Portsmouth and was a part of everything that was positive for the area and made sure it was the best that it could be,” Pratt said. “We commemorate her by having one of our largest events of the year named after her.”
The event will start at Port City Cafe and Pub, where participants will receive information about participating businesses.
There are over 30 downtown businesses participating in this year’s event, by giving away chocolate.
According to released information, “For $5, participants will be handed a bag of information, including a map of the participating businesses. Participants can spend the day strolling downtown, taking in unique building architecture and rich history, while also checking out the small businesses, while collecting treats.”
Pratt said tickets for the event are pre-sold. If all of the tickets are not sold, they will be made available at Port City Pub the day of the event. There will only be 400 tickets sold.
“This is an awesome way for people to come downtown and participate in an activity involving so many businesses. This gives people a chance to walk door to door and see what some of these businesses offer,” Pratt said.
He said this event is not only a good way to get more people in downtown Portsmouth, it’s also good for the businesses.
“I’ve heard from some of the businesses about how it benefits their business. (During the event) there are a lot of people that come to their businesses that might not otherwise,” Pratt said.
For more information about the programs and activities of Main Street Portsmouth, find them on Facebook or visit www.mspohio.org.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT