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Merchants ready to sell on Scottdale sidewalks

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:45 p.m.

Scottdale merchants are excited about the prospects of the upcoming sidewalk sale scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Linda Kenney, a member of the Scottdale Area Chamber of Commerce who is sponsoring the event, said the chamber approached members of Scottdale Borough Council last year to ask if sidewalk sales could be reinstated.

Kenney, who owns The Stepping Stone on Pittsburgh Street, said she had a partnership with a greenhouse and tried displaying some herbs and other plants on the sidewalk outside of her store in 2013.

“I was told by (a former councilman) that I wouldn't be allowed to do that because merchandise displayed on borough sidewalks was not allowed,” she said.

It was at that point that she and other members of the chamber petitioned council for the opportunity.

“There used to be sidewalk sales in the borough all the time,” she said. “McCrory's used to always have things out when it was in business here. It was just a good feeling seeing thing out. You might not have needed anything that would cause you to go into the store, but you always stopped to see what was on sale when it was out.”

Collections by Marty will be putting things out during the sidewalk sale.

“It's fun to give people something to look forward to — a new tradition,” said Marty Savanick, owner of the business. “The whole goal is to give people another reason to come downtown.”

Chamber member Mary Jo Hixson said the organization also is trying to bring back the nostalgia.

Kenney said merchants who participated for the first time in 2013, when the sidewalk sale was reinstated, found it to be a successful way to bring patrons to the borough's main retail area.

She added any merchant, not just those belonging to the chamber, is welcome to put things out for sale.

The times for the sidewalk sale will be 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., but just really depends on when businesses have their wares out on the sidewalk.

The chamber plans to have sidewalk sales always held on the second weekend in May and in August.

Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.