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Starting December 3rd, Downtown Bellefonte businesses are joining forces, opening their doors to create a local shopping- and arts-centric event.
This December, on a typically sleepy Sunday, Bellefonte will transform into a lively place to celebrate the arts, the community and Bellefonte’s local businesses. The December 3rd event will be a preview to a monthly “First Sunday” initiative hitting Bellefonte in 2018.
It’s an extension of the First Sunday event that the Bellefonte Art Museum has held now for seven years. In that time, the museum has paid tribute to local artists and their work, giving visitors the opportunity to see the latest exhibits and meet with the artists that create them.
Lori Fisher, of the Bellefonte Art Museum, said that the event has offered a time for artists and patrons to come together as a community.
“Our goal is that our gallery opening will overflow into Downtown Bellefonte and provide a place for people to come together as they shop, eat and play,” Fisher said.
The museum sees between 200 and 300 visitors each First Sunday, and the hope is that these visitors will venture to other downtown businesses during their visit.
The reinvented First Sunday kickoff will be a great opportunity to cross off gifts on your holiday shopping list, or find unique items that you might not find online or in big box stores.
The event is being organized in conjunction with local business owners by BelleKey, the borough’s Main Street Program which support economic growth in downtown Bellefonte.
The following businesses will be open on First Sunday in December:
Bone Bar & Boutique, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brothers N.Y. Style Pizzeria, noon to 10 p.m.
Cool Beans Coffee & Tea, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dam Donuts, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Good Intent Cider, noon to 6 p.m.
The Great Mish Mosh, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hide and Seek Prenatal Peek, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Iron Star Trading Company, noon to 4 p.m.
The Plaza, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wine & Café on the Park
Wireless Made Simple, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Waive all upgrade fees and 25% off accessories
Also, local service-based businesses will be at SpringBoard, Bellefonte’s new small-business incubator and co-working space, on First Sunday. There will be free hot chocolate served, as well as snacks provided by Bellefonte’s Brazilian Munchies.
Visitors to SpringBoard during the event will be able to enter to win a prize pack featuring items and gift certificates from local businesses. Participating are:
Elite Edge Athletics
Hello Social Co.
Inspired Holistic Wellness
SpringBoard also serves as an extension of the Bellefonte Art Museum’s gallery, currently featuring work by local painter Jean Forsberg. The incubator will be open on First Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
“We’re really excited about getting people in downtown Bellefonte to see everything that our town has to offer,” said Ellen Matis, a local business owner who is helping to organize the First Sunday initiative. “Bellefonte is truly a beautiful town with a lot to offer residents as well as visitors.”
As the event evolves, Matis said that organizers hope to see it expand into a monthly showcase of the town’s businesses, as well as an event with activities and entertainment for the community.
Be sure to visit Bellefonte.com for more information about Bellefonte’s First Sunday initiative.
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