You know that wonderful feeling after hosting a big party when all but your favorite guests have gone home and you can really settle in, reminisce about the good old days and maybe break open a bottle of the good stuff you've been saving for just such a moment?

For many locals, that is what Main Street is like when the ski season winds down and before the flurry of summer special events begins. The pace slows and familiar faces abound.

But that downtime comes with some challenges for local merchants, whose ongoing expenses don't take the same kind of hiatus. That is why they are rolling out a special welcome mat for locals from now through June 20.

The highlight of the effort will take place on Thursdays when a panoply of downtown businesses including restaurants, clothing boutiques, galleries and the museum will be offering special discounts. The city is even waiving parking fees on those days.

Truth be told, locals shouldn't need much additional encouragement to take a springtime romp up and down one of the most lauded historic/hip resort hubs in the world. But a few incentives can't hurt. You might even discover a few new merchants, or rediscover some you haven't visited in a while.

A hefty showing of local support will be especially welcome as merchants prepare for a daunting construction project. Questar will be replacing the street's 50-year-old gas main and in conjunction with that, the city will install new sidewalks and other enhancements. The work has been divided up into block-size increments that will allow businesses to stay open and pedestrians to safely negotiate their way to their favorite haunts. And only a small portion will be undertaken this season.

It will help if locals familiarize themselves with the project and help lead the way when summer business starts to pick up.

If anything, a new sidewalk is overdue. Even mountain-shod residents have found themselves stumbling over frost heaves and crumbling curbs. The random differences in grade also make it tough to properly plow the walkways and keep them clear of ice. The gas main project offers perfect opportunity to redo the sidewalk too.

Road construction projects are never pleasant until they are done and this one should make Main Street stand out even more among other resort-town hubs.

For more information about the special deals for locals being offered by the Historic Park City Alliance, go to: http://www.historicparkcityutah.com/

For more about the construction project and work schedule, go to: http://www.historicparkcityutah.com/construction-blog