LOCK HAVEN – It’s Small Business Appreciation Week and Downtown Lock Haven, Inc. is encouraging Clinton County residents to shop small and support local now and well into the future.
“They love and support this community, from donations to Little League, fundraisers and more. That’s how they love and support the community as a whole, ” DLH Manager Kira Rosamilia said.
Rosamilia is encouraging residents to shop at local businesses throughout this week. From retail stores, online operations, artists, designers or restaurants, there’s a lot of options for everyone. And, you can go beyond just simply buying products.
“We’re encouraging people to leave (businesses) a great review online… maybe even ask them if they want coffee or lunch for a day,” she said. “Ultimately, if we didn’t have small businesses, our town would die.”
The city’s Central Business District is filled to the brim with local businesses to choose from. So much so that they’re trickling in and around the area, the city and throughout Clinton County.
Pick up dinner at your favorite restaurant, purchase a gift for a loved one at a local gift store or grab a new outfit from one of the area’s clothing stores and boutiques. You may even have the chance to win a gift card to that business you like. To enter, create a video of yourself talking about your favorite small business in Clinton County and why you like it, and then upload it to Facebook or Instagram and tag @downtownlockhaven.
In celebration of Small Business Appreciation Week, DLH is giving away a gift card to one lucky winner’s favorite business.
And if you can’t get out too soon, DLH is planning a fun Friday night event that offers the perfect opportunity to get out and show your support.
DLH members will take part in the non-profit’s Seis de Mayo Sip & Shop from 5 to 8 pm on Friday. The event is similar to the one held in February and plays off of the annual Cinco de Mayo holiday.
“Just like in February, businesses will be offering free champagne or beer. Some are doing margaritas, ” she said. “A lot of restaurants will be offering Mexican inspired cuisine and deals.”
Rosamilia said a chalk board filled with participating businesses will be located outside of DLH’s office, 205 E. Main St., for shoppers to get an idea of where to go. There will also be QR codes located throughout downtown which will take users to a map, too.
And for those who want to bring the kids downtown, DLH is partnering with two of its members to offer kids activities at the East Main Street Parking Lot – including a large Pinata.
Individual member Anna Peddie and friends will provide games and the Rotary Club of Downtown Lock Haven will offer crafts from 5 to 8 pm at the parking lot.
At 6:30 pm, kids will have the chance to take a whack at a giant Pinata filled with candy. Those who would like to donate candy to put toward the Pinata may do so by dropping off donations at DLH’s office from now until Friday.
Rosamilia noted that children must be accompanied by an adult during the activities.
“The last (Sip and Shop) was a huge hit. I think this one will be a success, ” Rosmalia said.
So grab your friends, your family and the kiddos and head downtown on Friday night to support many local businesses. And don’t forget about those outside the city, too.