Main Street looks for a big Holiday season
The first Christmas with major remodel and construction finished, Main Street looks for a big Holiday season.
When it comes to a hometown Christmas Shopping atmosphere and experience, look no further than Main Street and downtown Grand Junction to fulfill your every expectation,” says Kathy Dirks, Marketing and Communications Director for Downtown Grand Junction, “We use a very simple formula to help create this experience, we listen to our members.”
And that is why downtown will be featuring a bevy of events, even kicking off the week before Thanksgiving on November 18th with the traditional tree lighting ceremony on Main Street. “Our vendors are very excited for the season and have actually rolled out windows and wares before what many would consider “traditional” downtown shopping dates,” adds Dirks. Dirks notes that Holiday windows are already up in many stores before the typical day after Thanksgiving kickoff and the stores and restaurants are ready.
Much of the pent up anticipation that is now being put forward in the shops and restaurants downtown can be directly linked to the opening of the pedestrian areas of the Main Street remodel, which has increased foot traffic, shoppers and visitors. “There is no question that all of retailers in the downtown area are experiencing a dramatic increase in their in the door traffic,” says Peggy Page, Owner of Page Parsons Jewelers and President of the Downtown Association, “We continue to hear from our stores that this is literally a breath of fresh air for shoppers, retailers and visitors.” With construction done and shoppers having full access to stores, “There is no question that traffic is up, and better yet, the people that come downtown are spending significantly more time here,” adds Gregg Palmer, owner of Brown’s Shoe Fit.
And Downtown Grand Junction is packed full of weekend events to take shoppers through the Holiday season. On weekends heading up through Christmas there will be carriage rides on Saturday and Sunday, the Parade of Lights —Downtown’s most popular Holiday attraction — on the 3rd of December that also features a Winterfest parade promoting many of the Grand Valley’s non-profits selling their wares and goodies and a “Spirit of Christmas Walk” on December 9th where Downtown will turn back the calendar to create an “Olde Fashioned Christmas” atmosphere with carolers, performers and school groups helping to fashion a feeling of Christmases past.
“It may sound odd, but one of our best days for restaurants and shops is Black Friday, as Downtown offers a completely different atmosphere for the shoppers who began their day so early,” adds Dirks, “We offer a respite from the hustle and bustle while offering the families of our community quality shopping and a wonderful mix of restaurants that that are truly a unique experience. It’s very heartwarming to see all of the folks out during the Holiday season.”
“Downtown is where you want to be” is the Holiday message for 2011 according to Dirks. And with a new hotel, fully opened and remodeled pedestrian walking, resting and shopping areas, new businesses and unique setting that only a downtown can provide, “You’d be hard pressed to find a more personal, convenient and friendly Holiday atmosphere anywhere.” Says Dirks.