MILTON — Local experts in many different areas of wellbeing have come to the Art Academy of Milton, 38 South Front Street, to show off their expertise at the Be Well Festival.
It was a full day of self-care and relaxation during which the experts provided exclusive insight into how various services can enhance your self-care and daily life. Presentations were given every half hour and attendees had five-minute trials of all services at discounted rates.
Emily Gibson, owner of Amoss, 60 South Front Street in Milton, organized the event and said it was a unique gathering.
“It’s a little different for the area,” said Gibson, whose father, Steve Gibson, owns the Art Academy building.
Amoss provides visitors with items such as crystals, books, yoga mats, jewelry, and other items.
Gibson has been working for many months promoting Milton to the outside world. She recently stepped down as a volunteer manager of The Improved Milton Experience (TIME) to fill Milton’s empty storefronts and is part of an ongoing grant to benefit the aesthetics of downtown Milton.
TIME is a non-profit organization made up mostly of volunteers and focuses primarily on revitalization.
“They try to involve the community in different events and work hard with different grants to bring money to the community,” according to Gibson.
Gibson said TIME has different committees working with neighbors of all ages, experiences and abilities.
“We created a database to track empty and available storefronts to attract entrepreneurs and first-timers,” Gibson said.
Partnering with local businesses to offer customers discounts on the festival, Gibson said three local businesses in Milton accepted Gibson’s proposal.
Cinn-ful Treats, Two Owls and Tastecraft welcomed customers to the Be Well Festival.
Mike Luxenberger had been at the event since 10 a.m. He said there were a lot of people walking in and out during the event.
“A lot of great people,” Luxenberger said.
Luxenberger’s wife, Shelby, owns Dear Universe Resin in Turbotville, which provides semi-precious crystal accessories and resin home decor.
Baked on the Hill is a small company based in Muncy Hills that offers handmade polymer clay earrings.
Its owner, Tabitha Heistand, said Baked on the Hill is a direct result of pandemic life. Heistand started her craft during her quarantine while she was with her children.
“I’ve always been creative,” Heistand said.
She said she draws inspiration from her surroundings and other places.
The Be Well festival had attendees from as far away as the Harrisburg area.
Alexis Caldwell of Mechanicsburg said she came to Milton specifically for the Be Well Festival. She said she was impressed with the assortment of tie-dye products offered.
“It’s a pretty neat event,” Caldwell said.
Gibson said she was thrilled to see the direction Milton is taking and to see like-minded people coming together.
“It was really special to partner with my dad’s business to bring this to the community,” Gibson added.