Women just back from spring break vacation now have plenty of reasons to stick around town, at least on Friday and Saturday, April 15 and 16. If you are one of the out-of-towners who frequent the downtown shopping district, this is a great time to spend a few days here as well. The Heart of Rockford Business Association again this year is offering a Girlfriends StayCation with plenty of special offers and events. The StayCation kicks off April 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. and continues April 16 during regular business hours. In addition to specials designed to spoil and pamper, one lucky winner will receive a Best of Rockford prize package plush with gift certificates, gifts, movie passes and more. According to organizer Christine Gault of A Charmed Life Nail Salon, the event is designed to highlight the many goods and services our little town has to offer. “This is a time of year when there isn’t a lot happening usually, but the weather is changing and it’s a great time for women to get out and celebrate that spring is coming,” Gault said. This is the event’s second year and last year resulted in a great turnout. With even more downtown shops participating, this year’s StayCation is even more exciting. Visitors to A Charmed Life Nail Salon can enjoy a free five-minute chair massage with the purchase of any service from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, a free hand paraffin with any specialty manicure, pedicure or shellac manicure. In addition the first 10 appointments booked will receive a Heart of Rockford shopping bag for future savings in downtown Rockford. At Baskets in the Belfry, enjoy 20% off your entire purchase and food-tastings (some exclusions may apply). On Saturday at 1 p.m. there will be a free demonstration on hand-tied bouquets at Rockford Flower Shop. At Great Northern Trading Company, join in their celebration of 34 years of serving Rockford and beyond. Everyone who enters the store will be allowed to choose a candy bar with a discount hidden under the label, ranging from 20 to 50 percent off the entire purchase. Dars Gems and Jewelry is offering 20 percent off one item and many in-store specials. […]
Aunt Candy’s Toy Company
Aunt Candy of Aunt Candy’s Toy Company was thrilled with the turnout during the last weekend of Harvest Festival, especially the tons of kids in the annual costume contest. Cars lined the streets of Rockford right up past the business district for Saturday’s events, which included free horse-drawn hayrides, a petting zoo, mascots and more. The Heart of Rockford Business Association organized the third weekend of Harvest Festival, which was a great success. A petting zoo at Garden Club park with pony rides drew children. Mascots, such as Roo Bucks from the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union, spread cheer among the crowd.
by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL Saturday, March 28, the Squire visited DeVos Place to attend the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show. We’ve been attending a lot of these shows lately. They are a breath of spring and a harbinger of better (make that warmer) days to come. Upon entering the Great Hall we almost stumbled into a huge sandbox! The show’s promoter, Showspan Inc., had created a humongous 900 sq. ft. indoor beach. The sandbox was dubbed the Monroe Street Beach because it fronted an area just inside the DeVos Place Monroe Ave. windows. There kids and adults alike had kicked off their shoes, grabbed a pail and shovel, and were creating sand castles. Overseeing it all was expert sand sculptor Janet Moore Schrader, The Sand Pirate. It was hard to say who was having more fun, the kids or their parents. The adults proved the old adage, “You can only be young once, but you can always be immature”. Every day of the three-day show featured a beach event and Saturday’s event was a sand castle building contest. There were grand prize winners in two age categories, 6 – 10 and ll – 15 years old. The kids were having a blast while their parents proudly snapped pictures with their phones and cameras. Schrader, acting as the official judge, chose two first place winners in each category. Remington Gross, 9, was the winner in the 6 – 10 year-old bracket and Justin Katerberg, 13, was judged champion in the 11 – 15 year-old category. What made this event of special interest to your Rockford Squire reporters was the fact that Rockford’s own Aunt Candy’s Toy Company had generously donated the grand prizes. The winners were blown away with each receiving an Ultimate Beach Package consisting of a huge wicker basket chock full of age-appropriate beach toys and games, which also included an in-store gift certificate. Each prize had a retail value of $250. During the three-day event Schrader offered lessons to budding sand sculptors, both young and old alike, and on Sunday led all interested kids in what is arguably the best part of the sand castle experience – DESTROYING IT!