By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A new weekly event to bring shoppers and diners to downtown Richmond is kicking off this afternoon with food and drink specials, sales and live music.
Thursday Night Live is an initiative of the revived Downtown Richmond Association. Events start at 4 p.m.
“Many of the downtown restaurants will have specials,” said Rose Rex, the city’s Main Street and Downtown Association coordinator.
For example, Babylon will have a $5 dinner special and live music, Rex said. Tables and chairs will be available outside for a patio-like setting.
Purdy’s Coffee Co. also will have live music, according to the event’s Facebook page.
Many downtown retailers that usually close at 5 p.m. will be staying open later on Thursdays, Rex added.
Some of the participating businesses include: The Copper Still, Currier Music, Leeds Fine Jewelry, Madison Garden, Mike’s Bike Shop, Apollo Pizza, Art Attack Tattoos, Cosmic Oasis and others.
US Bank will be offering free parking from 3 to 11 p.m. and also is sponsoring a corn hole tournament starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Kettle Corn food cart will be at the event as well as some other street vendors, Rex said. The organizers will not be shutting down Main Street, she added.
Rex hopes to see the weekly event expand and eventually include a large musical act on the courthouse lawn. Also, in the future, the Downtown Association hopes to incorporate Thursday Night Live with Richmond Tourism events such as the Christmas parade and historical tours in the fall.
The Downtown Association meets 8:30 a.m. the third Thursday of the month at City Hall. Rex said the group is planning more ways to improve downtown and attract new businesses as well as supporting existing restaurants and stores.
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