The stretch of Broadway Avenue from the south edge of the city heading north to the Indiana University Northwest campus is the face of the Glen Park community. Along that drive many changes have taken place. Buildings are coming down, going up, changing owners and adding storefronts. There are a myriad of service and retail possibilities.
Several of those businesses, all members of the Glen Park Merchants Association, will be participants in the Glen Park Merchants Vendor Fair at IU Northwest on Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Moraine Student Center lobby. Participants will have merchandise for sale as well as many samples and giveaways. Vendors include Fashion Coordinators, Inc., Bible Book Center, Baskets Galore, Heaven Sent Gourmet, Broad Ridge Drugs, Bank Calumet and Golden Recognition.
"Strong economic development begins in your backyard. These businesses are very small, but are making it. The Vendor Fair is a way to show our support of these business owners," said Anna Rominger, dean of the School of Business and Economics.
Also present at the fair will be the Students in Free Enterprise group, a program that involves business students in educational projects in the local community to provide services related to business. SIFE helped organized the fair and is creating a Web site for the Glen Park Merchants Association and individual members. In the upcoming year they plan to provide additional marketing miscellaneous organizational assistance.
A small business owner present at a recent SIFE meeting spoke out and said he and his peers want to belong to the larger campus community, creating a safe atmosphere for students, staff and faculty to linger and shop in the area.
Yvette Irons-Johnson, treasurer for the Glen Park Merchants Association and assistant vice president of the Cleveland branch of Bank Calumet, agrees with this sentiment.
"There is so much this university can do for the merchants. And so much we can provide to the community. We all help each other out and are working towards creating one better community that is safe and thriving," Irons-Johnson said. "There is no need to travel outside the city when everything you could possibly need is right here."
For more information, please call The School of Business and Economics at(219) 980-6633.