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Princeton Chamber organizes ‘hot’ shopping event

PRINCETON – The Princeton Chamber of Commerce has planned a “sizzling” event to help kick-off the first day of Summer 2013.

This Friday more than 25 Chamber businesses will keep their doors open a little later to attract shoppers looking for a good deal, a good time or just a reason to check out what Princeton’s downtown has to offer.

Summer Solstice will promote local shopping while featuring wine, food tasting and savings.

Princeton Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Frey said the goal is for shoppers to fill Main Street and enjoy a nice summer evening.

“Our shoppers will be welcomed into the participating businesses during special hours, many offering specials of their own and great savings,” Frey said. “In addition to the benefits for the shopper, we are hoping this event will boost sales for our retailers.”

The event will kick-off at 4 p.m. The shopping journey begins at the Chamber office where a complimentary wine glass and passport will be waiting for each shopper.

The passport will list participating locations. Shoppers who visit a listed location will have their passport punched. At the end of the journey, passports will be turned in for a chance to win a $100 Chamber gift card.

“Whenever there is an opportunity to encourage ‘shop local,’ the Princeton Chamber of Commerce wants to act on it,” Frey said. “We want to see our community support our local businesses as Main Street is the heartbeat of our community.”

A perk along the journey will be available transportation that will transport shoppers between both of Princeton’s shopping districts. The Chamber has partnered with Bureau and Putnam Area Rural Transit (BPART) transportation.

Rides will be free of charge. Pickup locations will be at the Prouty Building and on the corner of Main and Long Street (next to Darius Miller Park).

“I think it’s fair to say many have been waiting for summer to arrive, so it seems appropriate to celebrate the first day of summer … what better way than to kick it off than on Main Street,” Frey said.

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