Tonawanda News — Kay Learned, chairwoman of the Winter Walk and owner of Hodgepodge and the Palette Cafe, said more than 40 businesses and nonprofit organizations taking part in the day-long event have traditionally received a great response, with many holding individual open houses and other specials that appeal to potential customers.
Learned added that the recent popularity of Small Business Saturday, which took place last weekend, puts a feather in the cap for brick and mortar business.
“It gives them a chance to put forward their best products,” she said. “It’s been a real boost to their December sales and kicks off the month with a bang. This year’s Small Business Saturday was bigger and better so hopefully Winter Walk will be too.”
Last year was the best attended Winter Walk yet, Learned said, who has been in business on Webster Street for 17 years. And while she believes part of that reason is due to warm temperatures in December 2011, she said she also attributes it to a burgeoning business scene in the Twin Cities.
And while the Winter Walk has traditionally been a one-day event, it may be expanded to the entire weekend in future years.
“It’s something we talk about every year,” Learned said. “We almost did this year but decided against it, but it’s possible.”IF YOU GO • WHAT: 12th annual Twin Cities Winter Walk • WHEN: Saturday • WHERE: More than 30 participating downtown businesses and non-profits will open their doors to customers and residents on downtown streets in both Tonawanda and North Tonawanda. Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.