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Shoppers Support Downtown Businesses at Midnight Madness

The event, hosted by the Annapolis Business Association, brought shoppers from near and far to downtown Annapolis Thursday night.

Downtown Annapolis was filled with holiday spirit Thursday night as residents, visitors, musicians and more gathered for the annual .

Inside on Main Street, shoppers were greeted with snacks and treated to 10 percent off certain items.

“We’re having a great time and everybody is so happy,” said Kathy Stanfield, who owns the store along with GeorgiAnna King Schurr.

Schurr noted that the event is great for small businesses.

At shoppers browsed the store’s collection of silver jewelry while enjoying the sounds of the guitar.

“It’s been really nice,” Donna De Garcia, owner of the store—which has been in business for 18 years—said of the event.

From corner to corner, music filled the air. At Main and Francis streets shoppers stopped to listen to the beat as Old Mill High School’s Steel Drum Band performed. Other groups performing included The Salvation Army Band and The Singers Madrigale who brought joyful music to those on Maryland Avenue.

Also on Maryland Avenue was 8-year-old Zazzie Barber and her 6-year-old sister, Lilly, who stopped to dance with a miniature musical Santa.

Their mom, Jennifer Barber, said they try to go to Midnight Madness each year. She said the girls especially like that there are cookies and snacks at many of the stores. For Barber, it's also a chance to support Annapolis businesses.

“I like to try to buy local,” she said.

While many of the shoppers, like Barber, were area residents, others came from far away.

Schurr said they spoke with one shopper who lived seven hours away and came to Annapolis for the event.

The event also included its share of community leaders. Stopping to listen to the carolers on Maryland Avenue was state Sen. John Astle (D-Annapolis).

“This is what makes Annapolis so special,” he said of the group of singers and the event.

Also spotted strolling through the shops on Main Street was Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen.

Cohen said the event is great for the local economy because the city and the Annapolis Business Association “really do a good job of promoting a coordinated effort for businesses.”

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