Updated: 07/09/2014 11:24 PM
Created: 07/09/2014 3:41 PM WDIO.com
If you've been a vendor at Sidewalk Days for many years, like Sara Sarvela, you've learned a few things about making sure your tent doesn't blow away.
"The secret? Five gallon buckets of water and some rope," she laughed. She runs The Frame Corner and Gallery.
We asked if the on-going construction of the Maurices tower was affecting business at all. She said, "Actually, more people are walking down here, to look at what's happening. I think I've seen more traffic. It's a historic building that came down. It's been kind of fun to watch."
You could see some of the Sidewalk Days crowd checking out the construction.
Others walked around Superior Street, feasting on some of the goodies. One new thing this year, according to long time attendees, was grouping of tables and chairs so you could sit and eat.
Some vendors are brand new, like the "Get Juiced" stand down by The Frame Corner. Kody Olsen was showing us how he makes spritzes. He's 15-years-old, and told us Sidwalk Days is the first event for this family run business.
A little further east, Continental Ski and Bike said they are back as vendors this year, after a few years off. "The exposure is tremendous, and it's a great community event," said Kraig Decker, Marketing and Community Outreach for the store.
Also a return vendor? Hartley and Brock Bauer. They run a small lemonade, Kool-aid, and bracelet stand outside of their parents' store, Laughingstock Design.
"I like to save my money," Hartley told us. Smart girl! Her brother agreed. When asked what the best part of Sidewalk Days is, he said, "Taking the money."
Sidewalk Days continues through Friday.
While stores and more than 75 vendors offer special sidewalk sales, Superior Street is closed to vehicles between Lake Avenue and 4th Avenue West Wednesday until 9 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Street dances will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Friday, Aces on First will host the Pot Bellied Stallions while Roscoe's Pioneer Bar will host TripleKoin. Dubh Linn Pub hosts Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Alter Boys with opening act Ugly Mugs on Saturday.
On Friday, West 1st Street will be closed in the 100 and 300 blocks from 6 p.m. to Midnight. On Saturday, the 100 block of West Superior Street will be closed from 4 p.m. to Midnight.
DTA busses will be rerouted during the street closures and will not stop at the Downtown Transit Center and Holiday Center bus stop during the closures. DTA customers are being advised to transfer at the library or Radisson bus stops for connections to other routes.
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