By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
With signs of the holiday season becoming more apparent and the annual Showcasing Nights of Washington (SNOW) event quickly approaching, Main Street Washington is kicking off the holidays the right way with a Shop and Stroll in the downtown area Friday.
Main Street director Sarah Grunewaldt said the Shop and Stroll is a night where businesses stay open later than usual for some pre-Christmas holiday shopping. She said the event highlights the gifts and merchandise available in Washington.
?Right now we have 14 businesses downtown that are participating,? Grunewaldt said. ?We have a few new ones. Needle and Thread is having a sale on some quilting supplies and some stocking stuffers. Art Domistique is having a show starting and some unique handmade holiday gifts. We also have the Relay for Life festival of trees at iTech.?
Other businesses that will be opened for the Shop and Stroll include J.P.?s 207, Jazz It Up, Earthly Blessings, Don?s Jewelry, Brown?s Shoe Fit, the Village, Wolf Floral, Repurpose It, Dodici?s Shop, and Mills Seed Company.
Businesses will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. with plenty of store specials, as well as refreshments and entertainment.
?It will be a nice way to get out and enjoy the evening with some friends and get some holiday shopping done or some shopping for your home,? Grunewaltd said.
She said that when people spend $100 at a local business, on average, $72 remains in the community. She said when the same $100 is spent at big box corporations, statistically, only $30 remains in the community. All the businesses on the Shop and Stroll are locally owned.
?You are basically doubling your investment in your community by shopping at a local store,? She said. ?They are a local person too. They have families they support. They have churches and organizations they support. They buy from other local retailers.?