Sweetheart Stroll inspires downtown shopping

This weekend, the Downtown Dickinson Association will be hosting a Sweetheart Stroll, where people can register to win prizes from participating businesses, visit with creative and unique vendors and have a sweetheart kind of time.

The Sweetheart Stroll will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Two baskets full of gifts will be raffled off and are valued at $200 per basket, with items donated by Dickinson downtown businesses such as Blue 42 Sports Grille & Bar, Brickhouse Grille, The Rock, Esquire, Salt Kitchen & Co. and many more.

Downtown Dickinson Association Executive Director LoAnn Wegh said the Sweetheart Stroll is a chance for people to get out and about as well as an opportunity for small businesses in downtown Dickinson to receive some attention.

“All the stores (who) are participating… made a donation or contribution of gift cards,” Wegh said. “Now we have two very awesome prizes that people can register to win at any of the stores that are participating and it’s all done to drive more shopping downtown.”

People who come out to participate in the Sweetheart Stroll must purchase an item from one of the participating businesses in order to register for either of the $200 baskets. Weigh said the two winners will be announced via Facebook after the event closes.

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Gift card baskets aside, guests will still have a chance to purchase a gift for that special someone for Valentine’s Day via the many vendors selling various handcrafted products and goods at the Oddfellows Lodge, located at 30 First Ave. W.

While at the Oddfellows, people can enter the photo booth and have their picture taken by Karolina Lym Photography for only $15.

For Wegh, this event is not just business, it’s personal. Wegh said she’s very passionate about making downtown Dickinson a place where everyone wants to visit, adding that she hopes downtown parking spaces become more and more hard to find due to a surplus of visitors.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the Downtown Dickinson Association has been formulating all sorts of ideas for events to keep small businesses in the downtown area running smoothly while adhering to the current health protocols.

“We look for creative ways to bring people together downtown… I think it’s important, especially now with COVID-19 and everything. It’s difficult to have those opportunities to spend time together. So we look for ways to bring people together to do things and have fun with their families… but practice what we’re supposed to do — (by) being socially safe,” Wegh said.

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