Spring Open House starts today downtown

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Downtown Denton businesses are having a Spring Open House event this weekend to help visitors welcome the new season with special deals and promotions.

This year, more businesses than ever — more than 40 merchants and restaurants — will participate in the Spring Open House, a two-day event that encourages people to come out to the Square to shop and eat, said Traci Davis, owner of Garden Gate who helped plan the event with the Denton Main Street Association.

“One thing that we’ve tried to do is really pull the restaurants too, so that it’s all supporting downtown, not just the merchants,” she said. “We’re all trying to help each other and cross-promote.”

Sunday is anticipated to be the biggest day since many stores that are usually closed on Sunday will be open from noon to 5 p.m., Davis said. Today, all stores participating in the event will be open until 5:30 p.m.

Davis and others have been planning the event for months and coming up with promotions. She will be featuring a spinner that displays different percentage amounts; a customer will earn the discount selected during the spin for a single item in the store.

For stores right off the Square, the open house offers a chance to participate in an event and remind shoppers that they are in the area. At Nole’s General Store, Christye Price said the business has taken a hit from Hickory Street construction, and hopes the event will bring in more customers.

“With the construction, people are just not coming down here, so hopefully they’ll make it down here,” she said. “We usually have a pretty good turnout.”

This weekend will also be a good time to shop for gifts for events and holidays around the corner, Davis said.

“I stress coming down to shop because Mother’s Day is coming up, graduations are coming up and Easter is coming up, so those are all good reasons to come down and shop,” she said.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.


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