Both times we’ve run the Survey of Rural Challenges, small town business owners have picked the same top challenge: adapting to being open later hours. That means I’m always on the lookout for ideas that work to help bring more people downtown and are also successful at generating business for local stores.
Cindy shared one in the comments on our story about downtown concerts drawing crowds but not shoppers.
“We did have a new event this summer where people did shop,” Cindy said. “It was dinner and a movie. We set up tables throughout downtown, had dinner, a musician performed, and we showed a movie on the side of one of the buildings after. There was about 40-45 minutes for people to walk around after dinner and before the movie, and they shopped. It was mostly couples in their 20’s, early 30’s.”
What events have you seen have success in a small town at getting people into downtown and actually shopping after five?
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