Night hours set for Oakmont shops
Shops in Oakmont's business district typically close at 5 p.m., but many will extend their hours June 29 for the first Oakmont Night Out to showcase the area and welcome some new merchants.
The event “gives people the opportunity to come into town and check out all our stores. People are excited,” said Summer Tissue, director of the Oakmont Chamber of Commerce, which organized the night event.
If all goes well, she said, the chamber will consider having a night out three times a year.
Live music and food from three mobile trucks will be featured, she said, and around 20 businesses will stay open until 9 p.m.
Two participating businesses are new in the Allegheny River Boulevard area: Oakmont Olive Oil and Boulevard Sweet Shoppe, known previously as 412 Fudge Co.
Bill Hickie, owner of Boulevard Sweet Shoppe, said he changed the business name after a partnership ended this month.
Sweetheart Candies had operated at the same site for 45 years, said Hickie, who took over ownership in January after the previous owners retired at the end of 2016.
He said he's happy to continue the family business, especially in Oakmont.
“This couldn't be a better community to own a business,” Hickie said. “Thus far everyone has been very, very supportive. It's a community that really supports independently owned businesses.”
He hopes new logos and signage by Precision Graphics in Oakmont will be ready by Oakmont Night Out.
The business district has undergone other recent changes. Embroidery from the Heart moved to a larger Oakmont location in May, and will participate in the event, Tissue said.
Four businesses recently closed, three of which were on the 600 block of Allegheny River Boulevard, Tissue said.
The closings leave three vacant storefronts in the business district, she said. One of the closings was Mae's Hallmark, in business in Oakmont for 40 years until October, Tissue said.
Hours for Oakmont Night Out are 6 to 9 p.m. More details are at oakmont-pa.com/com.cfm
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org.