ROUSES POINT — Businesses here are gearing up for the second-annual Explore Rouses Point event, planning sidewalk sales, raffles and other special activities.
At Rouses Point Beer Emporium and Rouses Point Liquor and Wine, special prices, tastings, giveaways and specialty foods are planned.
“It’s kind of like Sam’s Club; you don’t want to buy it unless you try it,” said co-owner Tammy Seguin, chuckling.
She is also a member of the Village of Rouses Point’s Downtown Revitalization Subcommittee, which hosts Explore Rouses Point.
Set for Saturday, June 28, and Sunday, June 29, beginning at 8 a.m. on both days, the event consists of a Retail Business Weekend for the downtown merchants, vendors in Rouse Park and village-wide garage and yard sales.
Local businesses need to take advantage of summertime opportunities to maximize sales, Seguin said.
“They are very aware that this is the time to make their money,” she explained. “(Rouses Point) is a seasonal area, kind of like Lake George.”
In the past, the village-wide yard sale had been held during the Fourth of July celebration, Seguin said, but moving that popular event to another date made sense.
“It brings different people for different events at different times,” she said.
And some show up for both.
Seguin plans to offer sale prices, samplings, tastings, giveaways and specialty foods at her businesses.
“It’s kind of like Sam’s Club; you don’t want to buy it unless you try it,” she said, chuckling.
The event will go on for two days instead of one, in case it rains, she said, as it did at last year.
Despite the rain, however, people were still entertained.
“We had a little ticket with the names of the businesses,” Seguin said. “Every person who visited that business would get a stamp, and whoever got all the stamps would get entered into another raffle.”