Event to be held May 1-2 in the Rockford Rotary Pavilion Feel like celebrating spring with a bit of fresh air-and a fresh new look- but you don’t want to break the bank or wait for the July sidewalk sales? Fret no more! Just head to the Four Store Event to be held at the Rockford Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford on Squire Street (across from the post office) and snatch up the bargains while they last. But before you head out, be sure to take a non-perishable food item with you. All those who make a donation will receive a free gift. Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Company and one of the event’s organizers, notes: “in this tough economy, the demands on food pantries have escalated, and we as business owners want to do our part to help out. We are giving a free gift to anyone who brings a non-perishable food item with them to the Four Store event.” This first ever sidewalk-type event is being organized by Rockford-based businesses Baskets in the Belfry, Kimberly’s Boutique, Right Up Your Alley, and Great Northern Trading Company. The four stores will be offering a huge array of items at deep discount clearance prices. According to store owners Polly VonEshen (Baskets in the Belfry) and Jan Wallace (Right Up Your Alley) there will be a little bit of everything at the Four Store Event, including apparel, jewelry, home décor and much more. Kim Smith, owner of Kimberly’s Boutique, promises the group’s spring-cleaning efforts have resulted in a treasure-trove of bargains you won’t want to pass up. The Four Store Event runs Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Rockford Rotary Pavilion is a covered venue in the heart of downtown Rockford, so come out-rain or shine-and enjoy the fun and sure savings… and don’t forget your non-perishable food item.