Tonawanda News

The Town

June 20, 2014

Event helps people discover Delaware

Tonawanda News — This Saturday balloons will be lining Delaware Avenue from LaSalle Avenue to Westgate Road for the annual Discover Delaware event.

This event, running from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., hopes to bring attention to the Village of Kenmore and the merchants who have set up shop there.

Though the event has been going on for nearly a decade, Marcia Brogan, a member of the planning committee noticed that it has particularly flourished in the past three years growing from about 20 vendors to last year’s 100.

Brogan attributes much of the prosperity of the event to the renovations that have been happening in the area.

“I guess it was just that people wanted to get more involved in the village," Brogan explained. "Then last year Nick Santara bought some of the buildings and revitalized some of the tenants, and that brought some energy. There were changes in the village, and more storefronts were being filled and people got more into renovating their properties.” 

This year, 70 vendors have already signed up to participate, but more are adding their names to the list.

While their parents shop, children can also enjoy the day with a singing princess, face painting, coloring, and a “smile hut” for taking pictures.

Musical entertainment will be provided from under the gazebo at the corner of Delaware Road and Delaware Avenue where a piano, banjo and guitar will be played. There will also be a violinist.

Brogan hopes that this event will continue annually, and will bring attention to Kenmore's local shops. 

“It’s just growing. Next year we have plans to withstand and grow and develop. Every year it seems we keep getting new ideas to grow,” Brogan said.

Discover Delaware is sponsored by the Kenmore Merchants Association.

“We’re trying to bring awareness to the merchants in the village to try to have people come into the village and shop local to support local businesses,” Brogan said. “Shop smart and shop local.”

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Delaware Avenue in the Village of Kenmore

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