I've been a bit delayed in writing this - my computer crashed and I need to set up a new system, etc. etc. Anyway, I wanted to put up a note about a very cool event in Harwichport, MA that I went to over the summer. The downtown merchants all got together - I assume through the Chamber of Commerce - and set up a music stroll through the downtown area on a Wednesday night. This is an annual event.
What a great way to drive traffic during slow times! The downtown main street was PACKED. There were 5 different bands of different styles playing at intervals along the street. The shops stayed open, and people bought. Not just food and drink, but all kinds of items.
The shopping mall has replaced the main street as our place to stroll, shop, and get entertainment. The merchants of Harwichport did a great job of bringing the entertainment of the mall to the downtown. The best part? It likely happened at a very low cost.
What does your community do to support your local commerce? What can you learn from this?