"Our goal is to showcase unique, independent small shops while promoting the Shop Local effort at the same time," said Cathie Antczak, co-owner and designer for Present-ations! Marketing, Promotions and Events.
Towns and cities participating include: Crown Point, DeMotte, Hebron, Lowell and Wheatfield. Participating shops and eateries include: After 8 Handmade, Antiques on Main, The Antique Vault, The Little Pink Shop, Mink/Est. 1964, Prairie House Primitives, Goodman Sweets, Bid D Bar Antiques & Reclaimed, Country Dreamin', Shady Spring Farm, Nearly New, Peace Planet Earth, Aunt Nae's, Classy Cuts Salon, Dragonflies Antiques & Accessories, Hodge Podge Fine Furnishings, K & S Sewing, Spring Run Farm, Tish's Antiques and Goldstar Café.
Shoppers have the opportunity to create their own itineraries during the three-day hop. The multiple towns participating provide a diverse and unique experience for shoppers and visitors alike. "Shoppers are welcome to start and stop wherever they please over the three-day hop to find their deals, which is often unavailable to travel groups" Antczak stated.
Small shops participating in the event hope to bring vibrancy to their local downtown areas through the three-day hop. "Small business is here, we exist and these shops are Northwest Indiana's best kept secrets," said Renae Helton, owner of the participating shop Aunt Nae's in Lowell. "Once they see what we offer, they'll be back."
In addition to special offers from local shops, shoppers can complete a game board to earn a souvenir from participating businesses by visiting the various locations.
This year's Summer Stroll - Regional Shop Hop is presented by Present-tations! Marketing, Promotions and Events. More information on this year's Summer Stroll - Regional Shop Hop can be found by visiting the Facebook page dedicated to the event at facebook.com/SummerStrollVintage.