Special to the HERALD
PLAINVILLE - A group of small business owners in downtown Plainville will be offering deals and discounts on July 29 and 30, as well as a raffle and a “guess the beans” game for children, as part of Rediscover Downtown Plainville.
All the sales will be happening during each of the stores’ normal business hours for Saturday and Sunday.
The owner of Chestnuts and organizer of Rediscover Downtown Plainville, Lisa Melninkaitis, said, “Rediscover Downtown Plainville started because a lot of our customers didn’t know we were here, and we wanted to offer people a chance to see what we have to offer.”
Other businesses participating in the two-day event include the International Institute of Cosmetology, the Grand Laundromat of Plainville, Torchlight Graphics, Unique Finds, Naomi Martinez Studio and many more. Each business will set its specific sales and deals.
From well-established stores to ones just starting, all the businesses in the area are participating with the hope that more people will realize the potential of a vibrant downtown.
“It is a challenge to be a small business, but I think small businesses bring a sense of community - shoppers can get unique experience from each of the places they go to,” said Melninkaitis.
While it might be cheaper to go online or to a large chain store, small businesses have long been the backbone of small communities, and they can help create jobs, give the community a local identity and bring in tax revenue.
While Rediscover Downtown Plainville isn’t a town-sponsored event, the downtown merchants are eager to spread the word about their businesses around the community.
“Plainville has been blessed by an influx of niche retailers and service providers who want to make their presence and value known,” said Mark DeVoe, the director of planning and economic growth for the town.
From El Paso and Bolo Bakery to Flipping and Stones, Ahhh, Bella! Hair Designs and the Cauldron’s Flame, each business provides new services that many in the community don’t know about or haven’t taken advantage of.
Melninkaitis said, “It’s great that we are starting to see a downtown built on what people what, but we as business owners want to see the area’s potential expand. This two-day event really is a collaboration of the community for the community.”