By James Feichtner
During December ‘tis the season for shopping and in an effort to encourage shopping local, local shops in the Nickel Plate District are collaborating to host a progressive dinner on Dec. 10. Back for it’s second year, the free event will have 10 local stores participating offer something at each of their locations for customers to enjoy while they shop.
“Each store will serve a part of a course,” Zoa Hackman, co-owener of Dahlia’s said. “Last year we were the main dish and we are going to be again this year. We’ll be serving the main course. Last year we had barbeque roast beef sliders and some sides and then the other stores were deserts and some appetizers.”
Last year a gas leak around Lantern Road and 116th Street caused difficulty for residents to come and go through that area, but Hackman believes this year will have a much better turn out.
“Last year the street; they literally had cops blocking the road at Lantern Road and around the tracks and people just couldn’t get to us. It was a real mess last year,” Hackman said.
Only six businesses participated last year, but this year it has expanded to 10 businesses participating. Shop owners said it’s a great opportunity to support local shopping and involving the community.
“It’s a good way to support local and it’s a fun event for the people of Fishers to get together and do some shopping and try out different boutiques as well as have a fun girls night out or get ready for the holidays,” Melanie Stoddard, owner of Blush Salon, said.
Gallery 116 owner Tracey Gritter said she’s excited to participate because it helps spread awareness.
There’s so many new businesses and it just gets the word out. If we’re all helping spread the word about what we have to offer in shopping in services, I think it’s just good for everyone.
The event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Businesses participating are Dahlia’s
Blush Salon, Roman and Leo, Vardagen, Dottie Couture, Gallery 116, Blue Eyed Girl, Twigs, Lilly and Sparrow and Blue Peppermint.