Bevy of bargains await shoppers during sidewalk sales at downtown stores
After several years absence, Port Washington’s Maxwell Street Day will return Saturday.
The sidewalk sale will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 2 in downtown Port Washington.
Merchants and about 20 outside vendors will set up along Franklin Street and Grand Avenue, offering discount wares throughout the day.
Scott Schweizer of Anchor Men’s Wear, who is helping organize the event, said this event, unlike the many city festivals, is expected to be a boon for businesses.
The festivals, he said, expose the visitors to all Port Washington has to offer, but few people actually shop because they don’t want to carry shopping bags around with them as they relax.
“Hopefully they see what we’ve got to offer and come back,” Schweizer said.
Maxwell Street Day, on the other hand, is a day when people come to shop.
“This is a sale day,” he said. “This is an opportunity for merchants to show off what they have.”
Most downtown merchants will take part in Maxwell Street Day, Schweizer said.
“This is a true end-of-the-season clearance sale day,” he said. “This is an important day for people in my business. Maxwell Street Day is good for shopping for seasonal goods.”
The outside vendors will fill in vacant areas along Franklin Street, Schweizer said. They will be selling everything from cookware to origami, clothing, food and more.
Many local restaurants will also take a part of the event, Schweizer said.
Parking won’t be allowed on Franklin Street Saturday during the event, he said, noting that many merchants will be setting up merchandise in the parking lanes.
“We’re not closing the street, but we do ask motorists to keep their eyes open for people,” he said.
Although Grand Avenue merchants will also participate in Maxwell Street Day, parking will be allowed there.
Maxwell Street Day, which is sponsored by Port Main Street Inc., will have more to draw on than just city residents, Schweizer said, noting that the farmers market will run that day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Lions Fest is also being held Saturday.