Sidewalk sale with an incentive
Labor Day event sale promises chance to win $1,000 shopping spree
Steamboat Springs — Perusing racks and racks of discounted clothing and other merchandise from more than 40 downtown businesses just got a little easier.
Tracy Barnett, director of Main Street Steamboat Springs, said a shopper will win a $1,000 shopping spree at this weekend’s annual downtown district sidewalk sale.
“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 today, 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 must be spent before Christmas and can be used only 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 need to 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.
This also is the last weekend for shoppers to visit the farmers market, which is from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the Routt County Courthouse lawn.
“This is going to be a weekend of bargains,” Barnett said.
Allen’s employee Terry Sherrill said the store plans to display its remaining summer gear, as well as discounted winter items from the 2005 season.
“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,” said Linda Petet, owner of Steamboat Shoe Market. “This is the last push of our summer inventory because now we’re getting ready for fall and winter.”
By having discounts on the sidewalk, Petet hopes people will stop by the store for the deals but 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.
“Gosh, I’d love to win something like that,” Petet said. “There are a lot of great stores in Steamboat Springs to spend that money in.”
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 crowded during the weekend, which is why she recommends parking at the Stock Bridge Transit Center west of downtown and riding the Main Street Shuttle into town. The shuttle runs every 10 to 15 minutes, she said.
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