Published July 9, 2009
Take advantage of sidewalk sale
to get re-acquainted with town
head downtown for the annual sidewalk sale — and make a
day of it.
Meet some friends for a cup of coffee and something tasty to eat at
your favorite breakfast spot — or bring a paper to read
as you linger over a second cup of coffee if you prefer
Fortified with a delicious breakfast, start your stroll down
Washington or First street to check out all the great
bargains. Downtown merchants will have tables in front
of their stores, and retailers from Gateway and Grant
squares will be under tents along the street. Some
stores will be offering deep discounts — up to 70
In addition to finding some great bargains outside, this is a good
time to head inside to take a peek at the latest fall
merchandise at your favorite shop.
The sidewalk sale also is a great opportunity to check out some of
the new businesses that have come to town or opened new
locations since you last shopped here. When you’re
driving through town, watching for pedestrians and
deciding where to park, it’s easy to go right past a
store without noticing that it’s there.
When it’s time for lunch, there are plenty of options. Everything
from a juicy burger to a fresh salad is available
downtown, and diners can choose a spot for a quick lunch
or a long, leisurely one.
Mid-afternoon can be an excellent time to take another little break
from shopping. Plan ahead to enjoy a relaxing hour or
two by making an appointment at one of Hinsdale’s many
salons to treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, facial
— or all three.
There are plenty of practical reasons to support local businesses.
Many merchants are our friends and neighbors. Successful
stores and restaurants attract other successful stores
and restaurants. And the sales and food and beverage tax
revenues help pay for things that make the village a
wonderful place to live and shop.
But Hinsdaleans shouldn’t head downtown solely out of a sense of
obligation. They should spend a day downtown because
it’s a real delight. We’re fortunate to have a
convenient shopping district filled with interesting
architecture, beautiful summer flowers and friendly
faces. And the shopper parking lot on Washington Street
near Hinsdale Middle School means people can spend as
much time as they want (up to six hours) without
worrying about feeding a meter.
So find some time this weekend to take advantage of the sale and to
get re-acquainted with downtown Hinsdale. You’ll be glad