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This year’s Downtown Delights shopping event held Thursday evening is timed perfectly with beautiful blooming trees that line the City of Sylvania’s Main Street where local shop owners are preparing for the spring retail festival that welcomes area shoppers to the historic downtown.
“This is a good time for people to come out and see the new shops and people,” said Jennifer Cummins Linehan, president of the Downtown Sylvania Association that holds the event twice a year. “And it is also a way for shop owners to thank customers that do shop with us.”
Downtown Delights festival spotlights more than 30 area shops located in Sylvania’s historic downtown. For the event, shops will stay open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, and will also host sales from 10 to 50 percent off merchandise and apparel, and other promotional offers, as well as musical acts and food samples. There will also be gift ideas for Mother's Day, Mrs. Linehan said.
The festival is held twice a year, usually on the Thursday of the second week of May and November, and owners keep their doors open past the usual closing time of 5 p.m.
“We have an active Downtown Sylvania Association that is working hard to make our downtown more visible to consumers and this is one of the programs they set up each year,” Mayor Craig Stough said. He also plans on attending the event which spotlights the quaint and unique shops around Main Street between Erie and Monroe streets.
More importantly the local vendors also share a respect and camaraderie for each other, which the event underscores.
Tom Prescott, the chief choconut of the shop known as Choconotes, said that when he speaks to a customer about creating a wedding favor using the shop's chocolate bars, he always asks the customer if they have a florist and suggests Mrs. Linehan, who owns Beautiful Blooms, a floral shop at 5646 Summit St.
“We are a tight knit group that tries to help each other out,” he said of the shop owners situated in Sylvania's downtown area. Choconotes is located at 5665 Main , St. By looking at the shop's windows, he said, people often are unsure about its product, which is chocolate bars that can be dressed up as greetings or marketing tools.
The company has had a Sylvania location for a year, and he credits the November Downtown Delights event for introducing area residents to its product.
“We had more than 370 people come through. It was a very big deal for us,” he said.
Last year Choconotes passed out Mexican chocolate for the winter-timed event. For spring they will be offering samples of chocolate truffles and will have local musical guests Andrew Ellis and Lucky Lemont.
He said that the event reminds people that there is a street in Sylvania with little and quirky stores that sell cool products.
For more information about Downtown Delights visit www.downtownsylvania.org.