Summer will soon be in full swing, and some downtown merchants are partnering to provide locals and tourists a truly Golden weekend. “Golden has so much to offer and we wanted to highlight it this …
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Summer will soon be in full swing, and some downtown merchants are partnering to provide locals and tourists a truly Golden weekend.
“Golden has so much to offer and we wanted to highlight it this summer,” said Donna Owen, owner of Avenue Gifts and a member of the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners.
Golden Weekends will be a new way for residents and visitors to experience downtown on Friday and Saturday evenings. It is being sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and a new group made up of local business owners calling themselves the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners.
Golden Weekends will take place 5-8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday evening, June 1 to Aug. 31, except for the first Saturday of each month because of the Super Cruise and during Buffalo Bill Days weekend, July 26-29. Activities will take place along Washington Avenue between 11th and 14th streets and on the side streets one block east and west of Washington. Free parking in the immediate area is available in the evenings.
“What we want to do is invite our customers and visitors to have a leisurely evening exploring downtown in the extra summer daylight,” said Roger Tapia, owner of Creekside Jewelers and a member of the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners.
Entertainment for Golden Weekends includes live music on street corners and free carriage rides. More than 25 downtown businesses — including restaurants, retail and others — will extend their business hours and offer specials, such as in-store demonstrations, samples, meet-and-greets, wine tastings, etc.
“It’s up to each individual merchant to provide something special and unique” in their store, said Pam Eggemeyer, owner of Spirits in the Wind Gallery and a member of the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners. “Where you see a gold balloon, you’ll know something’s going on.”
A change of approach
The Golden Chamber of Commerce is not doing its First Friday street fairs this year, but the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners still wanted to do something to thank patrons and vitalize the downtown experience.
And if this first year is successful, the Downtown Golden Merchant Partners will look into expanding it next year, Owens said.
“It may grow as it evolves on its own,” Tapia said. But “we look forward to its success with our customers because it’s really all about them.”
Golden Weekends is not necessarily an event, Eggemeyer said, but more like creating an ambience.
“The whole objective is to bring people here to experience everything Golden has to offer,” Eggemeyer said.
Golden Weekends will be a great destination for a date night, family night out or a gathering of friends, Tapia added.
“Golden’s a wonderful place with a lovely downtown area,” Owen said. Now, “Golden’s lively days can now roll into lively nights. I’m looking forward to having the stores staying open past 6 so people know that Golden is alive after 5 p.m.”
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