Sidewalk sale days start today

PLYMOUTH — Downtown merchants will have specials today, Friday, and Saturday for the Chamber of Commerce's "Old Fashion Days" sidewalk sale.
"It's our fall sidewalk sale," said Betty Glaub-Gibbs of the Chamber. "It's called old fashion days because it's been called that forever…we've asked store (employees) to dress up according to an era…from the 1980s and back."
Stores that will be offering sidewalk specials include: Floor Store & More, City Center News & Books, Na Rie Simple Treasures, Kings Jewelry, Yoder's Sports Center, Treat's Squire Shop, and Harriet's Closet.
Treat's will be having a pulled pork fundraiser for the Plymouth High School Music Department Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bruce's "Big Grill" BBQ will offer a pulled pork sandwich with BBQ beans and cole slaw for $7.
The monthly Second Friday event also hosted by the Chamber is this weekend as well.
"We are really trying to start pulling in the culture (for Second Friday events), because I think it's the culture that brings people downtown," said Glaub-Gibbs.
To that end, LifePlex Dance Academy dancers will be performing in the street between Centier Bank and the Marshall County Historical Museum. Heartland Artists Gallery will also have art displayed in the street, and a caricature artist will be on hand.
Glaub-Gibbs said she's not sure how many stores will participate in the "dressing up" part of Old Fashion Days, but the Chamber is trying to bring the custom back.
One store that will participate is Rock On 109 Boutique.
"We (store employees) will be dressing in the disco style, and we will have a giveaway of a rhinestone 'bling' bracelet," said Cammy Jones of Rock On 109 Boutique.
Downtown merchants will be open until 8 p.m. Friday.
Glaub-Gibbs said that Second Fridays are planned out until the end of the year.
"October will be more of a fall theme with pumpkin decorating, in November we will have a chili cook-off between merchants, and December is the Christmas tree lighting — which will be bigger and better than ever," said Glaub-Gibbs.
She said businesses will be offering in-store refreshments, and children will have the opportunity to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Marshall County Historical Museum.