just because we are country does not mean we don’t crave some city

while there are tons of things that we absolutely love about living in a small town, there are definitely times when we miss some of the qualities that the big city provides. this summer, we have been successful in finding a couple of our favorite spots right here in marion that provide us with the fun and classy ambiance that we have been searching for!

circa marion and rosa & rocco’s have not only topped our list of new loves, but they are quickly becoming our regular go-to’s for dinner, drinks, entertainment, and catching up with friends. the atmosphere that each of these places provides is exactly what we’ve been looking for! rosa & rocco’s has regular entertainment on thursday, friday, and saturday evenings and has an extensive italian menu, including some amazing desserts. the talented musicians in the rosa & rocco’s rotation create the perfect patio experience – you forget that you are in this little town of ours!

similarly, as soon as you walk into circa marion, you definitely feel like you have stepped off a small town street and into a new york city pub. we don’t know if it’s the exposed brick walls, the beautiful wood floors, the bar or if maybe it’s the sounds of frank sinatra playing in the background – but if you are looking for an adult alternative to the usual weekend hangouts, then circa might just be the perfect place for you to try.

how many times have you and your friends complained about there not being any place to go and or anything to do once the weekend arrives? you know you have, and so have we.  marion is what we make it, and we are choosing to make it fun – and to keep looking for and supporting these hidden gems once we find them.  so, if you find yourself in need of a night out in the big city, just think – you can find it here! you can keep up with both of these businesses on facebook and find them at the following locations:

rosa & rocco’s — 160 mcmahan blvd.

circa marion — 181 n. main st.

 

Race Brown performing at Rosa & Rocco’s

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“leapin’ lizards!”

who is young, talented and can wear a head of red curls like they’re the latest trend in hairstyles? ..and we’re flattered, but it’s not us. IT’S ANNIE! annie is the latest show being put on by the marion palace theatre, and we had the pleasure of attending it this past sunday.

this show, like every other production put on by the palace, did not disappoint! the cast was amazing, and you could tell that the time they have dedicated to participating in this show has been well-spent. annie will be on the palace stage for one more weekend – july 20 through july 22. call, stop in or visit marionpalace.org for more ticket and show information.

not only does the palace put on spectacular productions, but they also host events, show movies and support our local community. this is an excellent and historic site to take your kids to for a weekend show or movie – and not have to worry about spending a fortune! THE POPCORN AND CANDY WERE $1.50 AND UNDER, MY FRIENDS. now, after you have picked your jaw up off the floor from reading that fantastic news, we urge you to look into spending an afternoon or evening getting to know our local theatre a little better. we have our own broadway right here in our hometown, and when you may know a star or two in the show it can sometimes be better than seeing it anywhere else! so, after you may have had a “hard-knock” week at work, we suggest unwinding in a seat at the marion palace theatre this weekend – or any weekend to follow! it’s a marionish experience you won’t want to miss!

have you joined the mob?

what do charleston place, great impressions, paradise park miniature golf course and r&r greenhouse all have in common?  they are all just a few of the locally-owned businesses that have been featured in cash mobs – the latest trend designed to help fuel our local economy.  downtown marion, inc. and the marion young professionals have partnered to help promote small businesses in our community by taking part in this movement that has been proving successful in small towns all over the country.

twice a month, a particular SECRET local business is selected to be the cash mob location with an announced after-party location to follow. all cash mob participants meet at a designated location where the secret cash mob business is revealed and then “mobbed”.  each participant is asked to spend a minimum of $10 at the cash mob location. keeping the business a secret until mob time encourages people to try businesses that they may have passed on if they knew in advance. we can tell you that it has been eye-opening – it is really wonderful to have this opportunity to see what our community has to offer! there are businesses that we now think to visit that we didn’t really know much about before cash mobs. the after-parties are just as great! they take place at local establishments where the group can get food and drinks and have an opportunity to network and socialize. we have met so many new people who are also passionate and dedicated to helping support our local economy – so marionish!

to keep up with the cash mob schedule, you can “like” the marion young professionals and downtown marion, inc. pages on facebook – you can also contact karen herr at 740-382-2181 to be added to the Downtown Marion email blast list. for more information on marion young professionals, visit the website at www.marionyoungprofessionals.org.