PRINCETON — Summer officially began last Saturday, and the Princeton Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Bureau County Republican this year to put on this season’s popular shopping event — Summer Solstice.
Grab a friend or plan a group outing for this occasion, set for Friday, June 27.
Chamber of Commerce Director Kim Frey said due to the success of last year’s event, they’ve decided to make it an annual summer affair.
“Generally people are looking forward to kicking off the start of summer, this year more than ever. Our goal is to bring adventure seekers from near and far to our Main Street to enjoy an evening of wine and food tasting while shopping,” she said.
More than 25 Chamber businesses will keep their doors open past normal business hours to provide participants a chance to shop great deals, try new wines and foods, and provide a chance for shoppers to win a Chamber gift card.
This year’s event will feature new participating businesses including HC Craft Mall and Antiques, Juniper & Mae and Custom Threads. There will also be long-time favorite Princeton businesses new to the event including Guys and Gals Salon and Lodestone.
The fun night out is one great way to promote local shopping and support the area’s small businesses.
“The Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce has a vested interest in the success of our Main Street and surrounding small businesses,” Frey said. “Supporting local businesses helps Princeton preserve what makes our city great. Not only are these small business owners our friends and neighbors, but they are the driving force behind out regional economy … Spending an evening shopping local and all year long helps our small businesses keep the jobs they’ve created, boost out local economies and enrich our community.”
The shopping journey begins at 5 p.m. at the Chamber office where a complimentary wine glass and passport will be waiting for each shopper. The passport will be essential, as it will list all participating businesses. 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 that Chamber gift card. Summer Solstice ends at 8 p.m. Friday, however, the Chamber will accept completed passports up until the end of the day on Monday, June 30.
“We want to make sure our shoppers have enough time to take in as many participating businesses and all they have to offer without being rushed,” Frey said.
A perk along the way will be the available transportation that will taxi shoppers between Princeton’s north and south end shopping districts. The Chamber and Bureau County Republican have partnered with Bureau and Putnam Area Rural Transit (BPART) transportation to provide this convenient opportunity.
Rides will be free of charge. Pickup locations will be at the Prouty Building and on the corner of Main and Long streets (next to Darius Miller Park).
“We are really excited to be a part of Summer Solstice,” said BCR Multi-Media Consultant Pam Marsh, who is also a Chamber Ambassador. “Princeton has wonderful businesses and great folks who own them and work there. I hope everyone will join in the fun, and take advantage of this night on the town as we celebrate the start of summer in Princeton.”
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