MUSCATINE, Iowa–May 7, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry plans to “uncork” a new event promoting small businesses in downtown Muscatine with their first ever Sip & Shop. A fun, leisurely event designed for shoppers age 21 and older, the Sip & Shop will allow area residents to enjoy some of their favorite stores in a whole new way.
From 5 to 8 p.m., 15 out of the 19 participating shops will have one ounce samples of different wines available for registered guests. Shops will also stay open for business during this time, letting shoppers browse their wares later than they usually can. Several downtown restaurants will also offer special deals to Sip & Shop participants, letting them enjoy a delectable dinner along with their evening of fun.
As the Chamber prepares for the Sip & Shop, Marketing and Event Coordinator Dena Ferreira anticipates seeing many people out and enjoying an evening on the town. “It’s always nice to see a lively downtown,” she remarked. “I hope that people have an enjoyable time, get to shop at a place they may not have gone into before, and that it’s a successful and worthwhile experience for the business owners.”
If spending a night out at the Sip & Shop sounds fun to you, Ferreira recommends registering ahead of time to make check in easier. Anyone 21 and up wanting to participate may purchase tickets (costing $25 a piece) online at the Chamber’s Eventbrite Page. Then, at 4:30 p.m. May 7, everyone who signed up may pickup their Sip & Shop wristband, commemorative wine glass, and map of participating stores from the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Office at 100 West Second Street.
In order to make this year’s Sip & Shop possible, the Chamber received generous support from Bayer, Beckey Insurance, Bush Construction, CBI Bank & Trust, Feather Your Nest, GSTC Logistics, HNI, Kent Corporation, Krieger Motor Group, Muscatine Downtown Investors, Retirement Resource Group, Stanley Consultants, TanTara Transportation, and UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital. Ferreira would like to see the event succeed and to make it an annual event in the future. “It’s a great way to show support to our local businesses while also enjoying some delicious wines along the way,” she said. “If the Sip & Shop has a good turnout this year, it’s an event we can continue to offer each year.”
Throughout the rest of this year, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry plans to put on a variety of other events to encourage people to take advantage of everything downtown has to offer. “This year we’ve decided to focus on creating events centered around our local retail shops and restaurants to help promote their businesses in a fun way,” she explained. Though the Chamber has yet to announce their next major events, Ferreira says they will announce several future events soon via their Facebook Page.