Thursday, October 1, 2009

Not To Be Missed Evening of Open Houses - Downtown Plymouth

What do you get when you mix two art galleries, a communications agency, an herb store, a tea eatery and dance studio each hosting an open house on the same evening on the same block in downtown Plymouth? Add a few friends, maybe a date with your significant other and you've got yourself a perfect excuse to go out for the evening. On Friday, October 9th from 6 – 8:00 p.m., doors will be open to the public for an evening of open house receptions. Some of the doors, like the IN Gallery and The Midas Center will be opening for the first time.

If you have not visited this up-and-coming hot-spot located in the heart of downtown Plymouth, this is the perfect opportunity for you to see what all the hubbub is about.

Driving on Michigan Street in Plymouth, you may have noticed a window front covered with white paper near the corner of Michigan and Garro Street. Up close the window covering reads, “Are you in? Opening October 9th.” And, indeed the doors will be opening to welcome the public “in” to the grand opening of the IN Gallery and Studios Art Center. The gallery's grand opening will include an opening reception including refreshments, music and works by artist Josh Hozey. Hozey will be the first of several artists to exhibit at the IN Gallery and Studios. Gallery Director, Angela Leed is eager to bring visual and performing artists from all walks of life together. She shares, “We intend to create an on-going environment of support for artists of any age or experience while offering enlightenment and enrichment to the community.” Leed also is the owner of Imaginary Art School, located on the premises, upstairs next to the artists' studios.

Another organization opening its doors in this downtown location is The Midas Center, a full service communications agency. Relocating from Chicago, The Midas Center offers award-winning marketing, advertising, social media and design services to businesses in Plymouth and the surrounding Michiana area. Business leaders, colleagues and friends are encouraged to explore, mingle, network and learn more about The Midas Center and its range of services. Owner Andrea Cook intends to help empower the business community and will be presenting a free workshop on October 13th titled, “Website Basics.” This workshop is the first of a series of several upcoming brown bag lunch seminars. Future topics will include Social Media, Google, Branding and more. Registration for this workshop will be available during the open house reception on October 9th.

The IN Gallery and The Midas Center are adjacent to an eclectic collection of other businesses and organizations that are emerging. This marks the third year since the Heartland Artists have moved to the gallery space at 203 Michigan Street. Heartland Artists are a non-for-profit group dedicated to promoting visual art forms for Marshall County and the surrounding areas. Homemade goodies prepared by the members will be provided along with the selected works of art for the 21st Annual Juried Heartland Artists Regional Art Exhibit.

Just down the corridor, the Sisters' Tea Eatery will be extending their hours to welcome visitors for an evening of herbal tea tastings. Sisters' Tea Eatery is a charming contemporary tea room and restaurant featuring classic home cooking with a touch of gourmet. The owners, Donna Wenzel and Linda DeVault are sisters and their mission is to provide an environment for people to come for friendship and sustenance of body and soul.

The Herb Store
has recently expanded and will also be extending their hours to welcome the public for an open house reception. Doors will be open at two of the Garro Street entrances and through the property's entrance at 203 North Michigan Street. More information about a new dance studio soon to be opening in this downtown area will be available during this evening of open houses.

This is a community event. Please help support these local businesses and organizations by showing your support and encouragement. Come and enjoy the refreshments and see what downtown Plymouth has to offer.

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