Sidewalk Sale To Showcase Downtown Businesses

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Skip Pikus, owner of Lou's Bootery, welcoming patrons downtown during last year's Sidewalk Sale.
Skip Pikus, owner of Lou’s Bootery, welcoming patrons downtown during last year’s Sidewalk Sale.

Teaming up on Saturday, June 1 from 9am to 4pm the Milford Merchants Association and Downtown Milford Inc. will host the second annual Sidewalk Sale in downtown Milford. The sale will showcase what Milford downtown has to offer by promoting its businesses, art community and farmers’ market.  Downtown shops will feature beginning of the summer sales and promotions while the Downtown Farmers’ Market is in full swing.

The Sidewalk Sale will feature tables on Walnut and SW Front Streets with information and items from Milford businesses and organizations. This opportunity will give residents of the Milford community and visitors to the area an experience of all that downtown Milford has to offer.

Chuck Stanko, owner of Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop and liaison between Downtown Merchant Association and Downtown Milford Inc., is organizing the merchants’ involvement in the Sidewalk Sale and hopes that the event will attract new individuals to the downtown area.

“Last year the event brought more people into the shop than on a normal Saturday during the summer,” commented Stanko. “While it is always great to have more business it will also give more exposure to the entire downtown area.” Since the event was so successful last year the Downtown Merchant Association and Downtown Milford Inc. plans to do a summer and a fall sidewalk sale this year.

Returning businesses to the Sidewalk Sale include Fur-Baby Boutique & Doggie Day Care, Ecochic, Dolce Bakery & Coffee Shop, Blooming Boutique, Riverside Antiques, Elegant Styles and Lou’s Bootery. New businesses will include La Ortalana Pizza Restaurant, Delaware Tang Soo Do Academy and Verde Italian Cooking School.

The Downtown Farmers Market, open for its thirteenth season, will also be open featuring vendors such as Little Wagon Produce, TS Smith and T.A. Farms . The market, which is located on North Walnut Street in a section of the beautiful Mispillion Riverwalk, offers fresh produce, locally grown farm products, as well as arts and crafts every Saturday from May to October.

“The market primarily offers seasonal farm produce, such as tomatoes, squash, corn, and other locally grown items,” said Lee Nelson, Executive Director of DMI. “In addition, the market offers items created with things grown locally, such as jams, honey, cheeses and meats. This makes up approximately 70 percent of the products offered. About 30 percent of the items available are handcrafted arts and crafts, reviewed by the committee to be sure the item fits into the market vision.”

The Sidewalk Sale will promote the downtown Milford area on Saturday, June 1 but more importantly will allow individuals to experience the variety of businesses, art and entertainment that the downtown area offers year round.