Whether you love chocolate, a night with your friends or giving back, February has something for you to celebrate in your community. When you do so, show some love to the local businesses that keep Main Street and all of downtown vibrant, bustling and unique. After all, a community’s heart and soul resides firmly on Main Street.
February 8, 2016
If you need the perfect gift for your Valentine, skip the chocolates and stuffed animals. The Vintage Valentines fair in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden district will feature food trucks, vintage vendors and vinyl records. Try a new on-the-go snack and pick up a unique gift from the themed open-air market. Find out more information from the Audubon Park Garden District.
Girls’ Night Out & Chocolate Stroll
February 11, 2016
Gadsden, Alabama, might have the sweetest event in all of February. All day long, participating businesses on and near Broad Street will each serve a different chocolate treat for shoppers. Then, merchants will stay open late for a special girls-only shopping event, complete with special promotions, refreshments and more. The Girls’ Night Out portion of the evening will last from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Find out more information from Downtown Gadsden, Inc.
Old Town Chocolate Walk
February 11, 2016
If Gadsden’s Chocolate Stroll isn’t the sweetest event, then Lansing, Michigan’s Old Town Chocolate Walk definitely is. The third annual event will take place from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., during which time participants can browse Old Town shops and restaurants while enjoying some sweet treats along the way. When you purchase a ticket, you’re securing yourself a box that you’ll be able to fill with two pounds of chocolate. Find out more information from the Old Town Commercial Association.
Love the Clubhouse Wine Tasting
February 13, 2016
Looking for the right bottle of wine for your Valentine’s Day celebration? Learn a new tip or two and try some new wines at this educational tasting event. You could also win a free bottle of wine for participating. What’s more, the event raises money via ticket sales for the refurbishment of a local landmark, the Cosmopolitan Club’s 1841 Greek revival house. Find out more information from Main Street Bath.
Fight for Air Climb
February 27, 2016
A charitable way to spend a Saturday morning, the Fight for Air Climb encourages Idahoans to send a little love to those with lung disease. Participants will climb 32 to 128 floors of stairs in downtown Boise’s U.S. Bank building. Teams and individual participants have already started to raise money by collecting donations in honor of their climbs. Find out more information from the Downtown Boise Association.
Love is in the air this month, and there’s no better place to celebrate than Main Street! Whether it’s a night out with friends or a romantic occasion with someone special, the locally owned businesses downtown in your community will have the entertainment you crave. Stop by your favorite local business or find a local business association in your community to stay up to date with what’s going on. Also, you can find love in all the local places you frequent by downloading the Independent We Stand mobile app for free.
Independent We Stand is dedicated to helping independent businesses across the country engage their communities and encouraging customers to buy local. If you’re a business owner, get buy local resources, tips and news by registering for a business membership. Your business will also be included in our ‘locals only’ search engine and mobile app. If you’re a consumer, take the pledge to buy local to join the movement.