Holland, MI came out swinging! Here’s their article on the competition from the Holland Sentinel, which features an interview with SOM CEO Joseph Smith:
Holland competing to be America’s best small town shopping destination
You can vote for Holland’s downtown in the Best Shopping on Main competition.
Posted Jan. 29, 2016 at 10:59 AM
Is Holland the small town with the best downtown shopping?
At least one person thinks so, and more are voting for Holland’s downtown in the Best Shopping on Main competition.
“I personally think it’s great that someone nominated us — I don’t know who. I certainly think downtown Holland is worthy of being nominated and of winning the title ultimately,” said Dana Kollewehr, Holland’s downtown manager.
Shop on Main started the contest as a different way to introduce a lot of people to a lot of small town shopping options. Voting for the top prize continues through March 1. The winner will be featured on a special episode of Heartland TV’s “Small Town, Big Deal,” hosted by Jann Carl and Rodney Miller.
People come from all over the country and world to visit and shop in downtown Holland, Kollewehr said.
“Now we just need to get the word out and get people to vote,” she said.
To vote, visit bestshoppingonmain.com.
The six-month-old Shop on Main company hopes to help small town shops reach more people through its platform. The contest is just an introduction, CEO Joseph Smith said.
“If you’re not online in some form or fashion, it’s very difficult for people to find you. We’re attempting to solve that problem in a different way,” Smith said.
Every town in the contest has been nominated by someone. The winning town’s nominator will appear on the show. So far, almost 100 cities and towns across the country have been nominated. Nominations remain open, he said.
“It’s actually going much bigger than we thought it would,” Smith said. “This contest has the potential to bring a lot of attention — like national attention — to (the winning) town.”