There’s much to be thankful about in downtown El Dorado, and downtown merchants as well as out of district pop up businesses want everyone to know about it.
Therefore, on the first Thursday of each month through October, the downtown district is decorated with large sandwich boards and balloons announcing “Thankful Thursday.”
With extended hours, special discounts and exclusive offers, there’s something for everyone to be thankful for.
This month the beautiful, sunny weather provided a perfect backdrop for shoppers as they strolled through downtown.
Shoppers were treated to walking tacos, provided by Trunk2Treasure and vendors like Christina Starr Kreations held a drawing for a free candy bouquet.
Wade Graber and Mike Ward with TCG Services greeted people with the “Kindness Matters” campaign. In a partnership with USD490, they want to encourage citizens to take the kindness pledge and help create a summer of kindness.
The El Dorado Chamber of Commerce planned the first ever Chocolate Crawl for February 13th but due to the extremely low temperatures brought on by the Polar Vortex, the event was rescheduled for March 6th and crawlers were not disappointed.
With a bright, clear day and temperatures climbing into the 60’s, downtown El Dorado was alive with pedestrian traffic as participants made their way into local businesses to sample the chocolate treats.
Twenty-one (21) business locations throughout El Dorado volunteered to be “chocolate stops” and each provided sweet treats with several businesses handing out gift bags with their treats. Participants were given a passport-like ticket that had the names and locations of chocolate stops printed on the back. As they went from location to location, the ticket would be checked off by each business.
“I thought the Chocolate Crawl was a success,” said Cameo Rector El Dorado Chamber of Commerce Director. “It not only provided the Chamber with additional operating funds but as I was crawling myself.”
According to Rector, the goal of the Chamber Chocolate Crawl was to increase exposure of El Dorado’s business community and show what they have to offer.
“My hope for this event was to provide community involvement that was enjoyable while also bringing value to our businesses owners,” said Rector.
“After the event, a participant reached out to me and said she had so much fun with her daughter and granddaughter,” said Rector. “Not only did they get to spend time together and gather lots of great chocolate items, they found some new businesses they didn’t know existed.”
“I would like to thank both the businesses owners and chocolate crawlers for their participation and involvement,” said Rector. “I am excited for the potential this event has to offer and we hope to continue it.”
You must be logged in to post a comment.