BRIDGEPORT — With sunny skies forecasted for Sunday afternoon, independent Bridgeport retailers will take their business outside.
The Bridgeport Business Sidewalk Sale takes place place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, when shoppers can expect to find promotions and special discounts at more than a dozen local stores.
The shopping event is the brainchild of the Bridgeport Business Association, a grassroots nonprofit that's emerging as a leading neighborhood advocate for small businesses. On its website, the group features business spotlights and helps promote events like last month's Palmisano Park cleanup.
"It's hard when each small business is doing they're own thing. So bringing them together can be difficult, but everybody's pretty excited about this," association president Maureen Sullivan said.
Many of the participating businesses are located along the Halsted Street corridor — an area that's been targeted by a bumper sticker campaign calling out "ugly" vacant storefronts — but organizers say deals can be had throughout the neighborhood.
The folks at Jackalope Coffee and Tea House will set up a vending area outside the shop, 755 W. 32nd St.
Vendors include Hemp Helps bracelet, 2 Sassy Sisters Bow-tique hair accessories, art by Annette, crafts by Mer, Jewelry by nāna Handmade Jewelry and designsforyiaya, photographs and gift cards by Collette, pet information by Walkies, Inc. and handmade vegan soaps by Fred Skeppstrom.
Below is a list of businesses that are scheduled to participate so far:
- Hardscrabble Gifts
- 312 Vintage Guitars
- Chitown Pickers
- Blue City Cycles
- Augustine's Eternal Gifts and Spiritual Goods
- Let's Boogie
- Bark n Bites
- Gio's Cafe and Deli
- Bridgeport Pasty
- Walkies Inc.
- Ascension Body Works
- Monster Island Toys
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