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Downtown crawl introduces local businesses to shoppers

November 3, 2018 GMT

HUNTINGTON — The second Downtown Huntington Crawl drew crowds of shoppers looking to browse and taste their way through local businesses Thursday evening throughout downtown Huntington.

More than 50 businesses participated in this year’s crawl, including shops located in The Market, which was not yet open for the 2017 event. Each retailer was paired with a local restaurant that set up in the shop and gave out samples of their food.

“Sometimes I think we take for granted this small, cohesive environment we have downtown that we have that many options,” said crawl organizer MacKenzie Morley.

Morley, who also owns Kenzington Alley boutique on 3rd Avenue, said the crawl’s first-year turnout last year far exceeded her expectations. In its second year, the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation created an online app for the event to add an interactive element. Participants could rate each shop, and at the end of the event the retailer and restaurant with the highest ratings will receive a cash prize.

“This is an opportunity as a new business to establish yourself and show yourself to all of the people who are participating, and the other businesses, too,” Morley said. “I think we were pleased with the fact that so many new businesses were on board with this.”

Tickets for the event were free with registration, but participants also had the option to donate to Colors for a Cure, a partnership between St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation and Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation.

Follow reporter Megan Osborne on Twitter and Facebook @megosborneHD.