It’s hard to believe that we’re already to July in 2016. So much has been going on lately, including our Road Trippin’ Series with Fox 25, the National Little Britches Rodeo Finals, another great Red Brick Nights event, and a great buzz around town. With September football, October’s Bluegrass Festival, and then gearing up for Victorian Walk and A Territorial Christmas at the Pollard in November and December, I believe we’re a town that really takes shape in months that end with “ber”. Maybe I’m just trying to think cool thoughts on another 90 degree plus day, but you can’t deny that Guthrie gets a special buzz around town with kids being out of school and live music in the streets during these summer months.
It’s nice to see new retail options coming to town, giving us more opportunity to #ChooseGuthrie. Galleria Furniture just opened at 1611 S. Division St. in the former Aaron’s location. Galleria got off to a hot start with a very successful opening weekend. Of course, Tractor Supply is making great progress on their building near I-35 as well, and there are more developments in the works that we will learn more about as we close in on the end of summer. Another new way to #ChooseGuthrie is the new GuthrieAmerica co-working space along First Street. If you haven’t already picked up a GuthrieAmerica tee shirt, be sure to swing by Boutique 206. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of blue GuthrieAmerica tees inside The Rock this football season.
Earlier in the month, to celebrate Independence Day, several downtown merchants got together to put on a sidewalk sale which was a huge success. We’ve seen numerous examples lately of Guthrie businesses supporting each other and partnering together to make great things happen for our entire community. I urge you, continue seeking out opportunities to support Guthrie businesses that invest so much into this community. Many of these businesses are more than just a commercial storefront, many of them have people that are actively engaged and volunteering in the community; to continue raising the quality of life in Guthrie.
If there is something you’re in the market for but don’t know where to find it, talk to these store owners. If you’re shopping around for insurance rates, or looking to make some new investments, there is someone with a lot of talent in Guthrie that would love to help you.