News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, Sept. 9, 2011
AIKEN -- It's Aiken's Makin' time again. The 35th annual craft fair is underway with more than 200 vendors out on Park Avenue in Aiken.
This year's event is bringing tons of people to downtown Aiken to check out those vendors, but is also bringing people to local businesses as well.
The sound of kettle corn popping or food frying isn't what Mary O'Hare, who owns M.B. Jewelry and Beads, loves about Aiken's Makin', it's the crowds.
"Coming out and speaking with them on the sidewalk welcomes them to Aiken and should increase my business," O'Hare said.
She hopes people will stop in her bead shop on their way to and from the fair, and that's just what Jennifer Beak is planning on doing.
"Where we are parked at is a good couple of blocks from where the festival is by having to walk back to where we parked; we are going to visit the local shops that have stuff out as well," Beak said.
Beak gets ideas from the craft show like bows for her daughter and then will make them at home.
"There are just great ideas here and crafters are just willing to share with other crafters different ideas and things like that," she said.
And O'Hare says people do that with jewelry, too, checking out designs and then buying the beads at her place. So even though there are other jewelers at the fair, she is not worried.
"Competition is good business and Aiken's Makin' is a two-day event and our stores are here 365 days," she said.
"It's just great to just rediscover downtown Aiken if you haven't been down here in a while," she said.
There is still one day left of this craft fair, but if you are coming to downtown Aiken and you aren't actually going to the festival, make sure to avoid Park Avenue. That way you are not stuck in traffic.