Third a Charm

By Joyce Ervin

The streets in downtown Milan were buzzing with activity during Milan Main Street’s September 3RD Thursday event.  Each month brings new and different offerings of community information, entertainment, good food and fun.  Or, attendees discover something new each month.
Julie Diver, owner of Accessorizzz-It Boutique, brought her retrofitted old Ryder moving truck turned into a snazzy shop complete with a small dressing room for trying on her, “Bohemian, hippy-edged apparel”, as she refers to her clothing line.
Casual and more formal attire could be found.  An interesting item was purses and totes to carry beer and wine made from military tents. Linda Squires and Carolyn Royal did some shopping.
 Royal’s three-year-old granddaughter, Marion Royal, helped pick out some jewelry for her grandmother. 
Take a few more steps and view homemade gifts, home décor and more presented by Special Ts by Joette, who brought her wares from Newport, MI.  Printed fabric pumpkins looked perfect displayed on that beautiful fall day. 
The Hair Lounge located 112 E. Main introduced their services saying, they are a one-stop shop for all of your glamour needs.  They were offering French hair braiding at a reasonable cost.
Round a corner onto Tolan Square and you found Vicki Zilke, local farmer and owner of Zilkie’s Farm Stand and Zilke’s Kitchen selling fresh produce.  Carefully picking out fresh squash was Sue and Pete Swope.
Across the way, Milan High School teens and members of the Code Red Robotics were passing out maps of routes to take for walks.  One of the club’s focus this year, teacher and club advisor Jennifer Glushyn, said was community outreach and healthy lifestyles.
If you sauntered down Main Street, you could stop in at Northern Chicks, and have a free photo made of your children and view the unique merchandise the shop offers.  Way down the block, near the Little Park on W. Main were more vendors and people enjoying treats and beverages from food trucks. 
People had their picture taken posing under giant wings that were installed on Mayor Dominic Hamden’s law office building.  People gathered and visited over the din of live music.  It was a friendly, busy atmosphere Milan Rotarians, Lisa and Kirk Straub and Bob and Montgomery Grostick were found.
Christine and John Acker were nibbling on homemade crackers and salads they picked up from food vendors as they wandered the downtown.
Standing on a corner of Tolan Square was Sallie Bancroft dressed in black and red to show the Milan school colors.  A known involved community participant, she seemed the perfect example of Milan and its spirit.  “I’m just here to show support,” she said.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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