Sidewalk sale draws customers to local businesses
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Whether local businesses participated on the town green or hosted from their locations, there were sales all around the town of Windsor on Aug. 16 and 17. This year, the Windsor Chamber of Commerce collaborated with First Town Downtown to host the annual town-wide sidewalk sale.
“August is a slow retail month,” said vice president of Bill Selig Jewelers, Sharran Selig. “It [the sale] always brings that nice little extra boost and it gives people an opportunity to take advantage of some good prices.”
Patti Pike, owner of Patti's Treasures and Antiques, and Selig said business was good both days. Selig mentioned she had 29 customers fill out credit applications and make purchases the first day of the sale, and the second day was just as busy. She added she was “pleasantly surprised” and attributed some of the success to the “beautiful weather.”
Pike said when she first opened her store 22 years ago she hosted a sidewalk sale every year. Eventually, she suggested the Chamber have a town-wide event. Pike said the idea came from downtown Manchester, which also has one every year.
Even with a slow economy, the Chamber's executive director, Jane Garibay, said the sales at participating businesses attracted residents to shop. She said that Geissler's had stacks of sales items along the front of the building. They also offered hot dogs, beverages, and snow cones both days.
In addition to town-wide sales, the event included a bounce house, and the Windsor Fire Department offered safety tips for children and the home. WinTV was also asking residents what they like about Windsor.
Aside from those mentioned, participating businesses included Action Carpet & Cleaning, Bart's Beanery Restaurant and Catering, Get Baked, Jordan Florist, PC Development Group, Ashley's Distinctive Jewelry & Gifts, PaulaWalla.com, Cozy Bottoms, Friends of Northwest Park, and Cool Kids Clothes.