Sidewalk Sales a smashing success

Deals were to be had up and down Greenwich Avenue as shoppers packed the street throughout the weekend for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sidewalk Sales Days.  Above, Liz Logie, at right, owner of Atelier 360 shows off some selections to a potential customer. –Ken Borsuk

Deals were to be had up and down Greenwich Avenue as shoppers packed the street throughout the weekend for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sidewalk Sales Days. Above, Liz Logie, at right, owner of Atelier 360 shows off some selections to a potential customer. –Ken Borsuk

It was nothing less than a shopper’s paradise last weekend as the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Sidewalk Sales Days took over Greenwich Avenue.

The annual summer event was blessed with great weather from Thursday through Sunday giving people a chance to check out all Greenwich Avenue has to offer. The event extended all the way down the popular shopping destination and onto the side streets. And it wasn’t just Avenue businesses that got into the fun. Local community groups set up to raise awareness as did other businesses ranging from jewelry and photography to green energy.

There was also entertainment for the whole family as face painting, balloon animals and caricatures were available. Saturday and Sunday also featured live music and this was all done in front of a record number of retailers.

According to Greenwich Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Marcia O’Kane, there were 138 retail participants, up from 120 last year. Foot traffic was also high, something Ms. O’Kane attributed to social media outreach from the chamber as people came from all over Connecticut and New York for the event.

“We heard only positive comments from retailers about the four-day event,” Ms. O’Kane said. “And, the shoppers were thrilled with the many bargains they found. It was evident by looking at certain parts of the sidewalks that were not passable that certain stores were having tremendous deals. Many shoppers told us that they were taking the day off from work on Thursday and that it was their tradition to spend the day to shop, dine and search for bargains on Greenwich Avenue.”

And if there’s any question about whether the sales will be back next year, you can put that to rest right now.

“It truly was a fun event and something that many people mark their calendars for every year since we hold it, rain or shine, the second weekend of July,” Ms. O’Kane said.

HANRadio.com broadcast live from the event on Thursday and the full show may be heard online at the site.

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