Parents and young children, dressed snugly for the chilly weather, could be seen all around Old Town Pocatello on Saturday during the Small Business Saturday event that started at 11:00 am and ran well into the afternoon.  The event featured numerous businesses participating, with activities ranging from pictures with Santa to craft projects for the kids and a candy cane give-a-way, featuring candy canes with values ranging from store discounts to $100 in purchasing power.

One of the crafts for the children was a cookie decorating table set up inside The Yellowstone Restaurant (  Kiana Spillman, manager at The Yellowstone, said she saw, “dozens of children in multiple waves,” stopping in to decorate their sugar cookies with a variety of frosting colors.

Sharon Porter is the owner of DNH Studios (  While still four to six weeks from officially opening, the seller of homemade artwork (featuring the work of Nick Hottman,, bath products, and accessories, put together a pop-up store for the day.  They provided an assortment of cookies for those who dropped in to check out a sampling of the items they are offering for sale.

Children and their parents lined up for free pictures with Santa at Station Square  (  Lisa Brian, the Event Coordinator for both Station Square and Old Town Pocatello, was on hand to help with the photos and answer questions about all the activities taking place throughout Old Town Pocatello.  Brian credited the “amazing business and building owners” that sponsored the event, allowing about 250 families the opportunity to have their children get photos with Santa at no charge.

Old Town Pocatello sponsors family-friendly events throughout the year.  For more information, go to:



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