By Jenn Watt
Published Dec. 11 2018
Eighteen downtown businesses stayed open late on Thursday Dec. 6 for the BIA’s Women’s Shopping Night.
The street was bustling with shoppers who hurried to visit as many stores as possible between 5 and 7 p.m.
For their part store owners offered delicious treats prizes discounts and deals. Staff were dressed up too. One woman wore candy-cane design glasses. Another was dressed as an elf.
A group of carollers belted out Christmas songs as they wandered down Highland Street just before 6 p.m. stopping at V&S to entertain the line of shoppers at the cash registers.
BIA administrator Cindy Campbell sent an email to member businesses which called the shopping night an “amazing evening.” She said there were 156 ballots cast for five $100 Foodland gift cards. To enter a ballot the shopper had to attend several of the downtown businesses for a stamp on their shopping passport.
Volunteers from Bank of Montreal stood out in the cold at the Village Barn handing out hot chocolate and candy canes. They had a propane warming unit to help shoppers get warm.
Winners of the Foodland gift cards were Elinor Harrison Teresa Boots Vera Smith Nel van der Grient and Cindy Trapp.