Local merchants roll out the red carpet for holiday shoppers | ParkRecord.com

Local merchants roll out the red carpet for holiday shoppers

From the top of Main Street to Prospector Square and all the way out to Redstone and Kimball Junction, local merchants are offering special incentives to ensure locals do their Christmas shopping close to home. With celebrations, discounts and drawings, shopkeepers are doing their part to infuse the season with a festive spirit and to keep our community’s economy healthy.

On Main Street, the city is waiving parking fees from Nov. 24 through Dec. 17 and the merchants are planning a bunch of activities, culminating with an outdoor party to celebrate Santa’s arrival on the Town Lift. Throughout the month-long festival, more than 40 business owners have pledged to throw in prizes for a drawing.

In the growing commercial district along Bonanza Drive and Kearns Boulevard, a new business alliance (North of Main Association, NOMA) is frontloading its celebration with a tree lighting and live music on Friday after Thanksgiving from 3 to 6 p.m. near the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Bonanza Drive. The event is meant to be an introduction to residents and visitors who might not be aware of the growing number of galleries, shops and restaurants tucked among the new buildings in the Prospector and Snow Creek districts.

Down the road a-piece, the Redstone shopping area east of S.R. 224 is about to begin its first holiday shopping season with nearly all of its commercial spaces leased, stocked and open for business. And just north of Redstone, the formerly vacant Kmart location has re-emerged as new hub of nationally known retailers.

There are a handful of locally owned businesses west of Kimball Junction too several surround the new Albertsons market near Pinebrook and all are anxious to welcome new faces during the holiday shopping season.

In addition to the events and tempting enticements all of these local merchants are offering, your patronage will reap year-round rewards as locally generated sales tax revenues recirculate in the community.

This month, as they hunt for just the right gifts for friends and relatives, residents and visitors should make a special effort to explore the vastly expanded landscape of shopping opportunities, in and around Park City.

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