“Canton Street is home to dozens of businesses no one has ever heard of.
“Recently, traffic from Alive After 5 has increased on the north end, but it’s not relevant traffic for many of us,” said Ann-Marie Giglio, who had the idea for After Noon, North on Canton.
“I think we really can’t compare the two events because AA5 has grown into something wonderful and fun but doesn’t really benefit the small, non-restaurant businesses here, nor does it intend to and we need to keep that in mind. Our intention is to bring the local community here for something special and to help bring awareness to our local small businesses.”
This Tuesday and on the first Tuesday of every month through October, there will be activities and business specials to the north end from noon to 4 p.m.
Apart from the time of day After Noon is being held, there are other differences, Giglio said.
“First, the spotlight is on folks experiencing the participating businesses in a VIP way,” she said. “We will give the client something special and unique to that day, a mini-facial, a special discount on purchases, a free dessert, whatever the merchant decides.
“Second, Canton Street is a natural center of Roswell and it’s more than a couple of good restaurants. It’s a special place, a historic place, a beautiful street, and we want to celebrate it.
“We want to encourage the community to embrace it. You can shop here, work-out here, get a mortgage refi, have your hair done, get some tutoring, have a massage, acupuncture, shop for clothes and gifts and pets. It really can be a destination.”
Third, Giglio said, After Noon will not accept outside vendors.
During the summer months, there are several family-friendly activities.
“We’re working to get the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s traveling reptile show here, as well as some youth bands and dance performances,” Giglio said.
“We’d like to get the local schools’ music departments involved for Fall concerts.”
A Lunch ‘n Learn, a swap meet and a scavenger hunt are also on the drawing board.
Visitors will receive a map of the street with the participating businesses clearly marked as well as balloons at the locations where the specials are.
Giglio, owner of Core Fitness, and Karen Braddy at Sweet! are planning and executing After Noon. Participants so far include: Sweet! Roswell, Core Matters, Shen Wellness Center, Elegant Attic, Pilates Power House, JuliaNelli Salon, Pet Fancy and Oli+Ve.
For more information about After Noon, North on Canton and updates on the specials, contact Giglio at (404) 435-6367 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.