Everett should keep Small Business Saturday focused on locals

I was downtown Everett on Nov. 27 to do a bit of “Small Business” shopping. I noted that many of the parking spaces on Colby and adjacent streets were filled. Then I noticed a large tented affair on Wetmore, thinking it was a local Everett event. Not so. Apparently the mayor and a council member decided it would be a good idea to allow a Makers’ Market to set up business in Everett. These folks are not from Everett, they’re from Bellevue, Kirkland and other cities in Puget Sound.

I thought this was a terribly bad decision, to bring this group here on Small Business Saturday, and detract from the local businesses, taking up parking space and turning a back on Everett businesses on this particular day. I’m not sure of the economic impact on local businesses, but money spent at the Makers’ Market would certainly not stay here.

Unfortunately downtown was yet decorated, no lights and really didn’t express much holiday spirit for such an event as Small Business Saturday. Too bad these city officials made such a decision, and did not promote and celebrate our local establishments.

Mike Dahlstrom

Everett

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