continued “We’re not going to compete with the mall, people who want to shop at a bargain and compare at chain stores,” said Read. “Here we want to host a leisurely dining, music and shopping experience.”
Through First Weekend, the members of the alliance are hoping to attract people to investigate all the downtown has to offer.
Members of the association are asked to offer a 10 percent discount to patrons who attend businesses on Friday and return again on Saturday during First Weekend.
The next First Weekend is scheduled for July 5 and 6. The series is scheduled to continue with events in August and September.
“We expect about two dozen businesses will be offering discounts for the First Weekends,” said Read.
In order for the association to be successful, there must be a combined effort with members not only talking about changing but stepping up to do the leg work, he said.
“We all take pride in our downtown. I think hopefully others will join in and they’ll look around and say what a beautiful downtown,” said Adirondack Soup Company Owner Laura Dominianna.
Dominianna said in recent years she has noticed a social change in the community. In the past, flower boxes were destroyed or had the flowers ripped out. But today, she feels confident leaving her flowers hanging outside her business.
“Maybe there is a little change going on in this community,” said Dominianna. “I’m hopeful that it will continue and we will be able to beautify our streets and our downtown.”