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Posted: 07/10/13

Romeo merchants to put out their best deals during the annual Sidewalk Sale

Observer Special Writer

      The annual Sidewalk Sale is one way the Romeo Merchants, Restaurants and Professionals (MRP) Association promotes the historic downtown area and the merchants who do business there.
       That event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21, and be accompanied by the annual Kid-to-Kid Sale at the Village Park on July 20.
       The MRP is planning great bargains and plenty of merchandise on display during the weekend. There will also be entertainment and recreational activities.
       An example of the promotions taking place is at Connelly's Creations where she will be having a Christmas in July sale. You can buy Christmas items early for 20 percent off.
       You'll find a bounce house for the kids in front of the store, located on Main Street. Many merchants will be selling items in front of their stores in tents.
       "There are a lot of other things happening downtown, the trolley rides are fun, the used book sale at the library is always busy and the Kid-to-Kid Sale gets better every year," said Connelly.
       The sale has always been a big draw for Romeo, she said.
       "I want to thank all the participants as well as the shoppers for making our Romeo sidewalk sale the success that it is," she said.
       Some highlights of the weekend include an array of merchants and vendors on the village sidewalks, summertime family fun, the Kid-to-Kid Sale Saturday and the Farmer's Market in the Village Park, a used book sale at the Kezar Library, kid's games including a bouncy house, a safety seat check and historic trolley tours.
       The weekend will also include art, music and more at the Starkweather Arts Center.
       Most Romeo restaurants will be serving food specials for only $1 and $2 and the Romeo Historical Society will have the Bancroft-Stranahan Museum and the Blacksmith shop open for tours.
       Supporting businesses include: Romeo Party Rental, Little Learners LLC, the Village Winery, Dr. Kehoe Orthodontic, Town Hall Antique Mall, Connelly's Creations, Romeo Jewelry, Main Street Salon, The Dance Studio, Tech City, Vera's Balloons, Uptown Buscemi's Liquor, Yorokobi Sushi, All Star BBQ, Younger's Irish Tavern and the Romeo Parks & Recreation Department.
       During the sale, shoppers can visit MRP members at: Northend Tax & Accounting, Romeo Printing Company Inc., Romeo Accountants Inc., Michigan Trolley Tours Inc., Whitcomb & Sons Signs and Culligan of Romeo.
       Merchants say that overstocked items will be cleared out and great bargains will be available. The MRP has encouraged merchants to increase the number of items and their supply of goods at the show this year and is declaring that Romeo is open for big business.
       To contact the MRP, call (586) 752-2682 or visit the website:
       Kid Sale
       Children can learn how to be smart sellers and shoppers during Romeo's Sidewalk Sale at the Parks and Rec's annual Kid-to-Kid Sale right in the Village Park Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
       Clara Russell, RWB Parks & Rec director, says it is a popular summertime event. It also gives children a summertime project to keep them busy. "This free event encourages kids to go through their rooms and clear out the toys, books and other things they want to sell and they can also shop for new favorites," said Russell. 
       "The kids have to bring their own table, set it up in the park and make sure to have an adult supervising," she said. "It's a really popular event and fun for the kids. It's a good learning experience for them."
       This year they will be sectioning off some parking spaces in the Village Park for the new Farmer's Market on the cement during the Kid-to-Kid Sale.
       "The kids will be on the grass so we're hoping for good weather," said Russell.
       Setup time is 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 and parents must call ahead of time to reserve their spot. For more info on the Kid-to-Kid Sale, call the RWB Parks and Rec office at (586) 752-6543.

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