Rockford Sidewalk Sales

Sidewalk sales a once-a-year chance for super savings

July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

By BETH ALTENA Prepare for Christmas (yes, we said it), Halloween, and choose from apparel, jewelry, handbags, scarves, footwear and much, much more at Kimberly’s Boutique in downtown Rockford Thursday, July 16 through Saturday, July 18. Kimberly’s and other merchants are offering once-a-year deals during this summer’s Sidewalk Sales. Owner Kimberly Smith said shop-owners in downtown Rockford are all working hard and have more work to do to prepare for the annual sales. Sales are picking up for many retailers following an improved economy, and Kim, like many other shop owners, believes strongly in the value for shoppers of a brick and mortar presence compared to online or other types of purchasing. “It’s time to retrain your customers about who you are keeping employed,” she said. “The money spent here stays here. It recirculates in your home town.” Besides pride of community and wanting to see a thriving downtown, it is better for customers to shop in real stores as well, preserving a time-honored tradition of having the choice of walk-in places to shop with proprietors who take time to know their customers and take the time to restock with items they learn that their shoppers want and will buy. People who shop here live here and many people work in our downtown district, from the staff at Rockford, our local Chamber of Commerce and our many stores, banks, restaurants and other business establishments. According to Rockford’s City Manager Michael Young, most income for the city comes from business, a theme he often speaks about in working hard to keep downtown healthy. It is money from business more than residential that allows the city to keep up our parks, streets, make improvements to our infrastructure and continually upgrade the standard of quality Rockford is so well known for. Plus it is fun to shop in an actual shop. Right next door to Kimberly’s Boutique is Squire Street Mercantile, also owned by Kimberly. In the back room she showed off boxes and boxes with contents destined for Sidewalk Sales. In addition to the work of putting it all together, Kim notes, “And then you pray for no rain or where will you put it all?” Inside the Mercantile find clothing, including many Rockford and Michigan shirts. […]

Support your local economy, enjoy incredible bargains

July 15, 2010 // 0 Comments

Heart of Rockford sidewalk sales set for July  Rockford is known for its festivals, fireworks, parades, parks, picturesque dam, destination dining, family outings, canoeing, kayaking, and hiking and biking the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail… and, of course, its one-of-a-kind shopping district. Most who live here or visit don’t need added incentive to stroll about and enjoy all that Rockford has to offer, but just in case you need an extra nudge, be sure to mark the Heart of Rockford Business Association’s annual summer sidewalk sales on your calendar. The shopping frenzy kicks off Thursday, July 15 at 10 a.m. and runs through Saturday, July 17. Shoppers can expect serious bargains on clothes, toys, books, cards, paper products, home accessories, hair, nail, bath and body products, jewelry, garden supplies, yarn, wall decor, and so much more. Barb Stein, owner of Great Northern Trading Company and an organizer of the sidewalk sales, said, “Don’t miss out on the fun—and savings! See you in Rockford!”