Spring has finally sprung; the days are longer and the weather is finally getting warmer. West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square will host their second annual Spring Stroll, "SHOP-DINE-STROLL-CARE" on Saturday, May 5th 10am-4 pm. The stroll provides residents of West Hartford and surrounding communities with the opportunity to shop and dine and receive special offers while learning about and supporting charitable organizations.
"We wanted to host an event that not only offered retail excitement, but also offered an educational element that allows our business community to showcase products and services that help build a brighter future, locally and globally, for those in need," says Barbara Karsky of BK&CO. Local businesses participating in the event include, Ann Taylor, Lux Bond & Green, LCR, Reuben's Delicatessen, BK&CO, Labrazel Home, Armeny Custom Jewelry Design, Center Framing, Kimberly Boutique, DeRobertis Jewelers, Ten Thousand Villages, Artichoke, Frame Dimension, West Hartford Magazine and PATCH.
An impressive collection of local charities will be presented at the stroll. A few of them are the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Sunrise Sudan, Women of Change, Dress a Girl Around the World, Susan G Koman Race for the Cure Connecticut. Society, Alex Lemonade, The Bridge Family Center, Fair Trade Coffee, Food Share, House of Bread, West Hartford Junior Women's League, Love146 and the West Hartford Food Bank. Rosie DeRobertis, President of the WH Merchants Association is, "excited to bring important issues of our time to the community of West Hartford. We are hoping that we can inspire people to become smart activists. Our hope is that people will come and learn about all of the wonderful causes being supported by amazing people in the community and this event."
Besides the excitement of extraordinary shopping and dining with special discounts and offers, and the ability to help worthwhile charities, there will also be plenty of family entertainment. Face painting, balloon making, outdoor art, jugglers, street performers, informal modeling, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Chain of Change and more!
Each of these businesses has committed to include a charitable component to their business on Saturday with most donating some portion of their sales to the organization of their choice.
Strollers can pick up free butterfly stickers at each of the booths as they learn what the charity does to make the world a better place. You can go into any store you see a butterfly displayed in the window and enjoy a special discount, free tasting or gift with purchase.
Strap on your shopping shoes, and get ready Shop-Dine-Stroll-Care at West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square's 2nd annual Spring Stroll.