RARITAN, NJ - On Aug. 10, Discovering Raritan brought local businesses outdoors to interact with the community.

Somerset Street was closed between Wall and Anderson streets for the event, which was expected to be the first annual from the Raritan Economic Development Committee.

“When the Raritan Economic Development Committee was started in January, we decided at our first meeting that our main goal would be to support and promote our local businesses and to show the community that Raritan is open for business,” said Carey Marago, vice-chair of the committee. “We wanted to do something to get the attention of our residents and to show everyone that the committee is here to work with them to grow our current businesses but to also attract new businesses.”  

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The event included food, music, giveaways and contests sponsored by local businesses.

Children decorated Main Street with chalk art, and a parklet was set up in front of As You Like It, which will remain for the rest of the summer, providing a colorful and comfortable place to sit and relax.

“Our hope is that the business owners will look forward to the event each year as a day to showcase their businesses,” said Marago.