Downtown Business Association keeping busy with fall festival planning, new projects

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WATERTOWN — The president of the Downtown Business Association says the group hasn’t been this busy since before the COVID-19 pandemic began.

The DBA is working on several projects at the same time just as it’s putting together the organization’s first fall festival after two years.

“We’re really busy,” DBA President Joseph A. Wessner said. “With everything going on downtown, this is the best time to do it.”

The DBA aims to cultivate the economic growth of downtown Watertown by creating an inviting, dynamic and sustainable business district.

Last month, the DBA started holding a “Maker’s Market,” a kind of craft market, along Public Square. Organizers have had between 10 and 15 different vendors every week, selling everything from knitted items to furniture under tents along the sidewalk.

“We wanted to make it visual so people see it and stop to explore what’s going on,” he said.

They put together the markets this summer to get all of the kinks out, with plans that it can be bigger and better next year. They are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through next month.

Mr. Wessner hopes to get the market so successful that a Christmas village can be done during the holidays in about two or three years.

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