Sidewalk sale with an incentive |

Sidewalk sale with an incentive

Labor Day weekend sale promises chance to win $1,000 shopping spree

— Perusing racks and racks of discounted clothing and other merchandise from more than 40 downtown businesses just got a little sweeter.

Tracy Barnett, director of Main Street Steamboat Springs, said this weekend’s annual downtown district sidewalk sale is being enhanced with the opportunity to win a $1,000 shopping spree at downtown businesses.

“Forty businesses have signed up to participate in the shopping spree, and we will be announcing a winner at 2 p.m. Monday,” she said.

Interested shoppers can register for the drawing at participating businesses beginning Friday, she said.

The participating businesses will be marked with balloons and red fliers. The winner will be announced at about 2 p.m. Monday at Off The Beaten Path Bookstore.

The $1,000 shopping spree must be spent before Christmas and can only be used at the businesses participating in the event, she said.

“We’re trying to get people into the downtown stores and not just looking at things on racks,” she said.

Barnett said shoppers should be aware that the downtown district encompasses more than just Lincoln Avenue.

“People need to venture to Yampa Street because we have businesses there doing stuff, as well as businesses on Oak Street,” she said.

Labor Day weekend is also the last weekend for the shoppers to hit up the farmers market held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

“This is going to be a weekend of bargains,” she said.

Allen’s employee Terry Sherrill said the store plans to display its remaining summer gear and discounted winter items from 2005.

“It’s time for us to clean out one season to get ready for the next,” she said. “All of our summer apparel will be at least 40 percent off, and we’ll also have some nice winter stuff out, too,” she said.

To many, the sidewalk sale marks the end of summer, not just for locals and visitors but for business owners, as well.

“I guess for us it’s the last blast of the summer. This is the last push of our summer inventory because now we’re getting ready for fall and winter,” said Linda Petet, owner of Steamboat Show Market.

By having discounts on the sidewalk, Petet hopes people will stop by the store for the deals and come inside for a sneak peek at what’s around the corner.

“We’re hoping people are getting excited for our next season,” she said.

Steamboat Shoe Market and Allen’s are both participating in the $1,000 shopping spree.

“Who wouldn’t?” Petet said.

“Gosh, I’d love to win something like that. There are a lot of great stores in Steamboat Springs to spend that money in,” she said.

Although she’ll be busy working the sale this weekend, Petet said she hopes to find time to take the downtown stroll herself.

“You can find some great deals at the stores,” she said. “I encourage people to get out and just walk around.”

Barnett said downtown parking may get a little tricky during the weekend, which is why she recommends shoppers park at the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown and ride the Main Street Shuttle into town. The shuttle runs every 10 to 15 minutes.

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