If you haven't already jumped on the "Shop Local" bandwagon, here's one more excellent reason to do so this holiday season.
The City of Redwood City has arranged with many downtown retailers to stay open late on two Thursday nights - this Thursday the 6th and next Thursday the 13th - so locals can get some extra holiday shopping time in, plus many retailers have agreed to offer special discounts as well.
To entice shoppers downtown for thest two late-night shopping events, St. Regal Jewelers Main St. is offering 25 percent off any in-stock jewelry and watches, and Ralph's Vacuum and Sewing Center - which carries several major brands of vacuums and sewing machines - is offering 5 percent off all items in the store (except Miele brands).
Stores on Broadway are planning their own special events too. This Thursday, Dec. 6, Fred Ganges of Mayers Jewelers is hosting a holiday champagne reception with an original art and photography show by artists Marla Lehr and Alisan Andrews, and Stuff on the Square, a Courthouse Square kiosk shop, is offering up to 40 percent off selected jewelry and up to 20 percent off all other items.
Retail stores on Lower Broadway will also be open late for holiday shopping. Young's Ice Cream will be open late.
"People are often surprised when they see the delightful specialty toys, gift items and special chocolates they offer at Young's Ice Cream," said Mike Kastrop, president of the Downtown Business Group.
Brick Monkey home furnishings store will also be getting into the late-night holiday shopping spirit.
"We will have Christmas treats to share with our late shoppers," says Stephanie Kolkka, an owner.
Gourmet Haus Staudt will also join in the fun.
"Gourmet Haus Staudt, located on Upper Broadway, has many specialty foods and candies from Europe that are difficult to find elsewhere in the Bay Area, in addition to some beautiful wooden nutcrackers and other European gift items," said Pamela Estes, member of the downtown retail task force.
And, restaurant owners hope locals will work up an appetite after all shopping.
"When everyone completes their shopping, they should plan to top off the evening by having dinner at one of our great downtown restaurants," said Kastrop.
The following stores will be participating in the late-night shopping events until 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13:
Pickled - women's wear
Gourmet Haus Staudt - European candies & gifts
Active Aggie - active wear
Cynthia L - women's wear
Brick Monkey - home furnishings, accessories, jewelry & gifts
Mayers Jewelers - AGS registered store
Stuff on the Square - crafts & accessories
Captain's - skate and clothing boutique
Young's Ice Cream & Candy Bar - novelties and children's toys
Broadway Tobacconists - cigar & cigar products
St. Regal Jewelers - find jewelry & watches
Ralph's Vacuum & Sewing Center - Miele, Simplicity & Elna
LL Brown Jewelers - fine jewelry and buyer of gold and other precious metals
Downtown Stores Always Open Later:
Broadway Tobacconists (9 p.m.) - cigar & cigar products
Gelb Music (7 p.m.) - musical instruments and music accessories
Cost Plus World Market
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