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Employment History


Hobart Downtown Merchant Association


Hobart Downtown Merchant Association


Downtown Merchant Association

Vice President

Hobart Arts League Inc

Event Coordinator

The Hobart Downtown Business Association

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Northwest Indiana News: - News [cached]

Hobart Downtown Merchant Association Chairwoman Marie Smythe said although Oktoberfest is still two months away, she already has started looking for musical entertainment.

"This should draw lots of people downtown, especially since the Brickies are having their homecoming events that Friday, starting with the parade and the game," Smythe said."We (downtown merchants) are also currently soliciting street vendors for the event."
Smythe said she also is hoping for a downtown sidewalk sale in conjunction with Oktoberfest.
"Anything we can do to attract people down here to shop and browse will be a good thing," Smythe said.

Northwest Indiana News: - News [cached]

Marie Smythe, chairwoman of the Hobart Downtown Merchant Association, said she hopes this year's Street Faire will generate better attendance than in past years.

"We always hope for good weather, which could be a factor in whether we draw big crowds," Smythe said.

Northwest Indiana News: - News [cached]

Hobart Downtown Merchant Association President Marie Smythe said the parking problem isn't unique to Hobart's downtown.

"Lack of parking, or the perceived lack of parking, is the most common problem in downtowns around the region," Smythe said.
She said studies show the issue exists in many regional downtown districts throughout the state.
The issue recently surfaced during a round-table discussion at a seminar in Valparaiso sponsored by the Indiana Main Street Association.
Smythe said she agrees with other city merchants that Fourth Street reflects an example of the city's parking issues.
"There is ample parking behind City Hall, but getting people to use that lot is a different story," Smythe said."Customers will not walk a half block to a downtown store, but will walk twice that distance to (shop) at a Wal-Mart."

Northwest Indiana News: - News [cached]

Marie Smythe, chairwoman of the Downtown Merchant Association, said decorating primed wood ducks, crafted by the Hobart Arts League, is the perfect venue to showcase artistic talents.

The ducks, made of particle board, go on sale next week and will cost $10.When they're decorated, they can be entered in the Lakefront Fest's Dam Duck Parade, which takes place at the lakefront Aug. 16 and 17, Smythe said.
"Even merchants are invited to participate in the contest and will have an opportunity to win.Shop owners can use any theme of their choice, but preferably one that represents their store products."
Smythe said the public also can buy the ready-to-be decorated ducks at Draperies and Things, Brickie Photo or Greener's Apparel.All three businesses are on Main Street.
The wood ducks can be decorated however the artist chooses, Smythe said.
Last year's winner fancied Zorro, sporting a mustache and mask and a sword painted on his side.
"Ducks will go on display and be judged for originality and artistic creativity," Smythe said.
While prizes have yet to be announced, best of show will receive special recognitions, Smythe said.
Ducks will be sold by the Downtown Merchant Association and will benefit the streetscape or other city beautification projects.
For more information, call Smythe at (219) 942-0065.

For Immediate Release [cached]

Marie Smythe of the Hobart Arts League has announced a new series of free entertainment presented at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night at Hobart's Lake Front Park.

For info or to inquire about performing, call Marie at: (219) 942-0065.

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