Downtown Milford, Inc. has announced that the theme for 3rd Thursdays on April 20, in downtown Milford’s historic commercial district is Spring Bloom and Shop. Third Thursdays was started in 2016 to allow shoppers to come downtown at night and enjoy the retail and dining Milford has to offer. Stores will remain open on the third Thursday of each month until 8 pm.
“Third Thursdays is a fun way for families to experience all that Downtown Milford has to offer from special boutiques, dining and recreation along the Mispillion Riverwalk,” said Peggy Reilly, committee chair of the downtown Entrepreneur Networking Group. “By supporting locally owned businesses you become part of the revitalization downtown as you help our businesses to grow.”
During this month’s 3rd Thursdays, residents and visitors to Milford can explore downtown’s unique shops, meet Jim Duffy, author of Secrets of the Eastern Shore at his book signing at Milford Antiques & Friends, purchase flowers from Country Flowers at Milford Plant & Garden Center’s stall on Walnut Street and experience some fine food truck dining with culinary treats offered up by two of Delaware’s favorite food trucks – Rosenfeld’s Jewish Deli and Mr. Bar-B-Que. As the season continues, Downtown Milford Inc. plans to add additional food trucks and live entertainment to the monthly event.
“Spring Bloom and Shop on April 20 is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some art, shop for the perfect gift and try some good food with family and friends while supporting the local merchants in downtown Milford,” said Downtown Milford Inc. Director Lorraine Dion.
Reilly says that on April 20, supporters to downtown will also see several major construction efforts that are part of the Downtown Development District efforts and the Rivertown Rebirth Plan, including the former Lou’s Bootery on the corner of Walnut and Front Street. “These construction efforts are large projects that will help the local economy in the downtown as they allow current businesses to expand and new businesses to develop,” she said. “The finished projects will help attract more foot traffic and additional investment into our downtown.”
In addition to the visible Downtown Development District projects there has been many major moves happening in downtown Milford. The Chamber of Commerce of Greater Milford moved into the historic Windsor Hotel in downtown, located at 24 Northeast Front Street. In an effort to provide additional art instruction in Milford, the Mispillion Art League is expanding into a larger classroom space in the area behind the current gallery. The Music School of Delaware’s Milford Branch has announced its new location at 29 N. Walnut Street, which they plan to move into the Summer, includes additional private lesson rooms and a group lesson space.
Rain or shine, 3rd Thursdays offers families a way to discover some hidden gems at Milford’s art galleries, gift, antique and retail shops. For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact the Downtown Milford, Inc. office at 302-839-1180 or visit the event on DMI’s Facebook page.