Down­town Shop Walk re­turns for ‘Lorain Bet­ter Block’

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE -

Busi­nesses in down­town Lorain con­ducted a “Down­town Shop Walk,” in 2017 to fo­cus on re­tail shops on Broad­way and are con­tin­u­ing efforts into May this year.

From noon to 8 p.m., May 19, the Down­town Shop Walk will con­tinue with the “Lorain Bet­ter Block.”

The Shop Walk en­cour­ages down­town shop­ping ar­eas to work to­gether to bring in­ter­est to the com­mu­nity to stop in and shop small, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from Mia Arre­dondo of Jevon Ter­ance Boutique on Broad­way.

The Lorain County Health Depart­ment is work­ing with the Lorain His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s “Lorain Proud” ef­fort to cre­ate a “Lorain Bet­ter Block” to show res­i­dents what a “bet­ter block” in Lorain could look like, the re­lease said.

The event will take place on Broad­way be­tween Fifth and Eighth streets.

It will dis­play beau­ti­fi­ca­tion, arts, mul­ti­ple ven­dors, a few food and drink stops and foot and bike traf­fic on Broad­way, the re­lease said.

Arre­dondo said she be­lieves “the event will be ad­van­ta­geous for es­tab­lished busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate even if they are out­side the spe­cific ar­eas iden­ti­fied for this event.”

The Down­town Shop Walk will pro­vide par­tic­i­pat­ing shop­pers with a shop­ping pass­port that in­cludes the names, ad­dresses and a de­scrip­tion about the par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses.

Each busi­ness will val­i­date the shop­per’s visit by stamp­ing the pass­port at the con­clu­sion of the shop visit, Arre­dondo said.

Af­ter at least eight busi­nesses on the pass­port are vis­ited, shop­pers will turn in their pass­port to the last store vis­ited and write their name on a raf­fle ticket for each in­di­vid­ual mer­chant’s raf­fle bas­ket.

Each mer­chant will se­lect a raf­fle ticket from their own busi­ness’ raf­fle.

To par­tic­i­pate, one must: re­ceive a Down­town Shop Walk Pass­port from the first lo­ca­tion you visit; ask each busi­ness to val­i­date your pass­port be­fore you leave; visit at least eight lo­ca­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing dur­ing their busi­ness hours or core hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; turn in Shop Walk pass­port from the last vis­ited lo­ca­tion and en­ter into the raf­fle for each busi­ness by fill­ing out the raf­fle tick­ets pro­vided to you.

Win­ners are con­tacted week of May 21 and no pur­chase is nec­es­sary to par­tic­i­pate.

The busi­nesses par­tic­i­pat­ing must: have stores open from times 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; do­nate a raf­fle item of at least $20 which is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of their busi­ness; en­cour­age reg­u­lar cus­tomers to take part in the Down­town Shop Walk to learn about other busi­nesses on Broad­way; and dis­perse the pass­port to in­ter­ested shop­pers.

The 17 par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses are: Zelek’s Flower Shop; Red Car­pet Hair­cut­tin’ Salon; Scorcher’s Ca­sual Eatery; Marzava’s & Son’s Swiss Amer­i­can Jewel­ers; Boarder’s Board Game Cafe; Nielsen’s Jewel­ers; Broad­way Mer­can­tile; Jevon Ter­ance Cloth­ing Boutique; The 530 Shop Ltd; Speak of the Devil; Le­gendz Bar­ber­shop; Lorain His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s Gift Shop at the Moore House; The Life­style Stu­dio; Lolipop’s; Foot­print Tours; To­tal Im­mor­tal Tat­too Hol­lisitc Pro­gres­sion Mu­sic Ther­apy & Les­sons; and K Cream Korner.

A hy­dra­tion sta­tion will be avail­able at Black River Land­ing.

Email shop­jevon@gmail. com for ques­tions.

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