Join us for Small Business Saturday and other events through fall and winter
By Rina Rien, Director, Casa Grande Main Street
Sandwiched in between the barrage of Black Friday and Cyber Monday press is a little thing called Small Business Saturday. On Thanksgiving weekend, when the official shopping season is supposed to begin, this quiet little event takes place. Unfortunately, one day does not a season make, particularly when small businesses – just like major retailers – count on the season sales to survive the rest of the year.
This year, we’re celebrating our historic downtown with a Cash Mob Event on Small Business Saturday. You can opt out of website security breaches and mall madness this season while discovering the treasure trove of one-of-a-kind gifts. We’ll reward you for shopping local with fun hunts, raffle prizes and a return to holiday shopping bliss.
Here, local artisans and mom-and-pop shops offer uniquely crafted treasures for all tastes and price ranges. Our downtown is pedestrian friendly and you won’t have to find a new parking space to go from one store to the next. How about a gift certificate for wellness classes or a spa day? Maybe your speed is a romantic dinner and tickets for live music, theatre or dancing at one of a variety of entertainment venues?
We’ll be staging the event at Old Town Ale House, where you can share a craft brew with a friend while checking off your shopping list. For every same-day receipt you turn in from a participating merchant or restaurant, we’ll provide you a raffle entry for prizes, including gift certificates, merchandise and the grand prize of a $100 Visa card. The drawing will happen at 3 p.m. and you must be present to win.
As the year draws to a close, don’t forget – we’ll be celebrating the season on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Christmas on Main and The Electric Light Parade. Historic Florence Street will be hosting live music and activities during the day and is the best spot to set up your chair for a great view of the twinkling floats that evening.
Mark your calendar now for our 17th Annual Street Fair and Car Show on Jan. 21 and 22, 2017. Day Out Downtown will be dark in January as we prepare to welcome crowds from all over the region. Hundreds of exhibitors from all over the Southwest will be lining up to offer one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. Last year’s car show had a record 209 entries, and based on participant feedback, will include awards for class categories. Be sure to check our website or contact our office for the latest update on available exhibition spaces, car show applications and volunteer opportunities.
Casa Grande Main Street is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization advocating downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Visit our website at www.cgmainstreet.org for more information on our mission, memberships and upcoming events. Click on our Facebook link to stay connected and “like” our page for ongoing announcements.
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