On March 15, 2018, Third Thursday returned to Downtown Milford as stores remained open until 8 pm. Third Thursday was started in 2016 to allow shoppers to come downtown at night and enjoy the retail and dining Milford has to offer. Downtown Milford, Inc. (DMI), a non-profit organization aimed at economic development efforts in Downtown Milford, is excited for the return of the monthly event this season.
“I’m excited for Third Thursday to return in 2018,” said DMI President Sara Pletcher. “The monthly retail events really gained momentum at the end of last year with the Light Up the River event and Birthday Party and I think for residents and visitors alike, Third Thursday is an event people look forward to every month. To be able to get out, enjoy the town, see your neighbors, eat good food and visit the downtown merchants, it’s a win for all.”
Many local businesses have added their own monthly happenings to the Third Thursday event to encourage more shoppers. Marcia Reed, owner of Gallery 37, often holds an art reception to introduce new artists that are featured in her gallery.
“Last summer and in November I had art openings and a gallery talk which brought in so many people,” said Reed. On April 19, Gallery 37 will host a group show of 16 artists during an art reception titled The Power of Black and White. All artists, including painters, potters, collage artists, photographers and jewelers, will be exhibiting their art form in black and white.
Keila Sierra, owner of Petite Sweets Cake Pop Shop, states Third Thursdays are a great way to see new faces downtown and also feature their new recipes to loyal customers. “Third Thursdays not only bring in new people whom have never had our concept, but it also creates a fun atmosphere throughout town,” she said. “At Petite Sweets we are constantly evolving and creating new recipes to cater to our ever growing community of customers. We not only offer cake pops, but a fun, friendly and family atmosphere.”
This year, Petite Sweets has partnered with different companies and created fun and inspiring events for all ages, incorporating a merchandise wall. This Spring, they will soon feature Alfajores, Carmel Cookies, Nutella Cookies and Berry cookies, along with ice cream.
In addition to hosting the Light Up the River theme and the Happy Birthday Milford theme again this year, DMI is planning to bring new themes including Star Wars and Operation Give Back. “Third Thursdays serve downtown by introducing people to the small businesses and what they offer while enjoying food, the event of the month and seeing people they haven’t seen for a while,” said DMI Vice President and Third Thursday chair, Peggy Reilly. “Our hope for this year for Third Thursday is to continue to build on what we have done, increase business for the shops, bring in new businesses that see the vitality of downtown and make Milford a destination to visit in Delaware”
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