A First Saturday market day is being planned to help small businesses that are struggling against the weak economy.

Audrey Caylor, owner of the Caylor Creek boutiques downtown, told the Glen Rose City Council during its time set aside for public comments that the city's small businesses are hurting. She noted that Sadler's Western store is closing and that sales are down at her business and at many others around town.

“It frightens me to see small businesses fail,” Caylor said. “Some people told me it's just the economy and it will take time. But some merchants don't have time.”   

The monthly Girls' Night Out, held on the third Saturday of each month, has been so successful that the idea came up for another Saturday night even to bring people to town to shop, then end early enough – around 9 p.m. – so shoppers could head to local music venues.

The First Saturday market will be held downtown and will revolve around a theme, such as a “Bike Night” in which people would be urged to bring their bikes and shop. The first First Saturday market is scheduled for August.

Shopkeepers on the square would stay open late and vendors also would set up on the square under the tentative plans.