Shops in Westport are getting ready for the annual Sidewalk Sale and you’re not going to want to miss out on what they have in store.
“Just think about it: On a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Summer, you get to walk on the river front, hopefully the weather will be great. So, you get the ambiance of Westport. And you have stores really going all out to attract people to come down town,” said Steve Desloge, President of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association.
Steve Desloge is the President of the Westport Downtown Merchants Association --- the group behind all the actions. And he tells me come Friday you will find 95 percent of the 130 stores lining these two streets with merchandise out and open…ready for you to buy …at a very big discount.
“Everyone brings things out – it’s a sidewalk sale after-all. And it’s all the merchants, both national and local, on Post Road and Main Street. In some respects you have the top tier stores in the country on two square blocks. And stores many times not only have things out on the sidewalk, but in the stores. So, it brings people from out on the sidewalk into the stores,” he described.
And one of those stores is this one here --- Shoe In - where you can find bags, shoes, jewelry and other accessories
This wall of merchandise already up to 70 percent off. And that’s not all. The store’s manager Christie Hickman telling us more…
“The Mariners – we might put those outside. And, possibly the Minnetonka’s – we might put those outside as well. A lot of people know the Leepskin bags and the Isabella totes – those go really fast. So, you gotta get here on the first day or they’re gone. And, especially Cooba – because Cooba bags are 500 dollars and you can get a good one for about 200 dollars,” she said.
“I think this is an example of what Westport tries to do – day in and day out. It’s trying to establish itself as a strong cultural center as a strong arts center, a strong retail center. It’s tremendous how many people enjoy just walking down the streets on a Saturday and Sunday,” said Desloge.
The Westport Downtown Merchants Association (WDMA) is a non-profit combining the town’s merchants and landlords …both working off the mission to improve Westport’s commerce and culture. This weekend’s big sale – starting Friday July 11th, but the organization also hosts a number of fundraisers over the years… Be sure to look out for its next: The Westport Fine Arts Festival on July 19th and 20th.