Sidewalk Sale Expects to Be Big

2013-08-23T00:00:00Z 2013-08-23T12:38:04Z Sidewalk Sale Expects to Be BigDiane Poulton nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Love the thrill of finding an end of season bargain? Want to get a jump start on your holiday shopping? Then the annual Lowell Sidewalk sale, sponsored by the town’s Chamber of Commerce is the perfect event for you.

This year’s sidewalk sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday Aug. 31. The town-wide sale encompasses Lowell’s entire business district from Casey's General store to Strack & Van Til’s. It will be held both inside and outside, Lowell Chamber of Commerce Carrie Austgen said.

With all the changes from moving the Lowell Labor Day festival location to 101 W. Oakley and changing its start date, the Chamber of Commerce is hoping this can add something to help involve local businesses in the festivities, Director Carrie Austgen said.

“Along with helping our local businesses, which is what the chamber does, this takes us back to years ago when sidewalk sales were at the end of every summer,” Austgen said. “Along with getting great prizes there will an opportunity for customers to win gifts from our local businesses.”

When visiting each store, customers will receive a ticket to bring to the festival and enter a drawing. Prizes will be drawn Sunday Sept 1 at 4 p.m.

The chamber has had the help of local business owner Renae Helton from Aunt Nae's with this exciting event, Austgen said.

Helton said she is excited about the sidewalk sale and hopes in will draw customers to the local shops.

“Anything that is happening in Lowell to bring excitement and people to town is a good thing,” Helton said. “Lowell has lost a lot of businesses in the past few years, so any activity that brings attention to the fact that we're still here and still doing business is good for the community.”

For further information about the sidewalk sale, contact Lowell Chamber of Commerce at (219) 696-0231 or Aunt Nae's at (219) 690-1180.

FARMER'S MARKET

There is nothing like a farmers market for fresh produce and locally produced crafts and gifts! The Lowell Farmer's Market is held on the first and third Saturday of the month at Mill Street and Commercial Avenue. Fall dates are August 24, September 7, September 21 and the last Farmer's Market will be held on October 12. The are hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh fruit and vegetables are sold as well as a variety of products from local crafters and vendors. The Farmer's Market will be expanding next year. Call Kris Holsti at 219-690-3060 for more information.

WINE TASTING

The Chamber of Commerce will give wine lovers a chance to sample a wide variety of brands and flavors as they host their second annual Wine Tasting Evening on Wednesday Oct. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The chamber and guests will enjoy a variety of wines, hors oeuvres and camaraderie at the Creekside at Meadowbrook Clubhouse, 10 Creekside Drive, Lowell. Ticket prices are being set and sold in advance only. Attendance is limited to 50 guests. Tickets will be available at the Lowell Chamber of Commerce office at East Commercial Avenue and Fremont Street or by calling (219) 696-0231.

SANTA IS COMING

Santa Claus is coming to town! Santa will be the guest of honor in the annual Lowell Parade of Lights Friday, Nov. 29. The Jolly Old Elf will assist in lighting the town’s Christmas tree by the American Legion and meet with local children at the Town Hall afterwards to hear their holiday wish list. The parade route is along Commercial Avenue from the Lowell Public Library to the tree. Tri Creek school bus drivers collect food drive.

YULETIDE OPEN HOUSE

Time to finish your holiday shopping! The Yuletide Open House, sponsored by the Lowell Downtown Merchants’ Association (LDMA), is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held along the sidewalks of downtown Lowell with appearances by Frosty the Snowman, who will pass out candy canes and provide a “Kodak moment” for a perfect photo. The festivities include sidewalk Christmas music, store sales, restaurant specials and complimentary refreshments. Merchants of Lowell’s downtown invite you to enjoy last minute shopping in a Norman Rockwell type setting. For information, call (219) 696-6487.

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