Kyabram Free Press

Sidewalk Sale set to invigorate town

- By Zac Standish

Kyabram’s business community will once again pour out on to Allan St for the second staging of its Sidewalk Sale on November 5 and 6, following repeated COVID-19 shutdowns.

Run by the Kyabram Chamber of Commerce, the event was founded last year as an alternativ­e to the annual Kyabram Bush Market, which has not been able to run due to the pandemic, and aims to bring life back to the centre of town.

Kyabram Chamber of Commerce president Deanne Stagg described what the event was all about.

“(The Sidewalk Sale) has been put in place instead of the Bush Market, we did it last year and it was very successful, and the businesses will just take their products out on to the street and it is to entice shoppers to come into town,” Ms Stagg said.

“There are less restrictio­ns and it just makes things easier to run, and that will run all day Friday and the Saturday morning as well.”

She explained where the idea for a Sidewalk Sale came from and just how successful the event was in its first edition last year.

“We normally have the Bush Market where the street is closed from end to end and everybody goes out on the street and experience­s what the town has to offer, but due to the restrictio­ns we can’t do an event like that, so last year we did it as an alternativ­e and it worked,” she said.

“It was successful enough last year enough for us to go again this year and I am excited to see it continue to grow.”

The sale will feature all the town’s favourites, and Ms Stagg outlined what the community could expect.

“It is just to get people out and about and on the street again, businesses will have stuff on sale and things, keeping in mind that people will be starting to do their Christmas shopping,” she said.

“You can just come down and have a browse, try and find a bargain and just enjoy being with the community again.”

As for the businesses themselves, she said such an event was incredibly valuable following what had been a turbulent 18 months.

“It is a way of bringing people into town for the day so they aren’t just relying on the people that are around day to day as their entire customer base,” she said.

“I think it will definitely help with their sales and just getting their products out there once again following the repeated COVID shutdowns.”

 ?? ?? Street sale: Kyabram Chamber chief Deanne Stagg is ready for the November Sidewalk Sale. Inset, former Chamber president Miles Gould at the 2015 Kyabram Bush Market.
Street sale: Kyabram Chamber chief Deanne Stagg is ready for the November Sidewalk Sale. Inset, former Chamber president Miles Gould at the 2015 Kyabram Bush Market.

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