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'Festive Fifth' Lures Shoppers to Park Slope's Small Businesses

By Claire Cameron | December 2, 2013 3:19pm
 A group of business leaders in Brooklyn is luring shoppers with activities, decorations and yummy treats.
Festive Fifth Celebrates Small Businesses in Park Slope
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PARK SLOPE — Holiday shopping is about to get a little easier — and more festive — in Park Slope.

To support the dozens of small businesses that line Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue, the Park Slope Business Improvement District is holding a Festive Fifth celebration on the next three Saturdays leading up to Christmas.

Shops along Fifth Avenue will stay open until 9 p.m. on Dec. 7, 14 and 21, and many will offer special deals to bring in customers, said Mark Caserta, the BID's executive director.

Carolers will add holiday cheer, and Santa Claus will pay a visit in a vintage Ford Model T, handing out candy canes to passersby, Caserta said.

"It can only have a positive effect, getting more people in the stores and spending money in their community," Caserta said. "We thought it would get them more attention if we made it more of a holiday atmosphere."

This is the first year for the Festive Fifth event, which kicked off last Saturday with a tree lighting at 'sNice cafe near Third Street.

More information about the stores, restaurants and bars participating in Festive Fifth can be found on the Park Slope Business Improvement District's website