Clinton to promote downtown and small businesses Sunday

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CLINTON, Iowa (KWQC) – This is an important time of year for businesses across the nation. But in Clinton Iowa the holiday season is a chance for small shops to not only get noticed, but keep business coming year round.

“You can find a lot more things in town, here in Clinton, than you think you can,” said co-owner of The Painted Rooster Emily Steenhard.

Steenhard and her partners opened the shop four and half years ago.

“We have ornaments, we have decor, we have clothing,” Steenhard said of the store on 5th Avenue.

She said they do OK most of the year. But the holiday season is a chance to get noticed.

“[Shoppers] are willing to spend money, they’re looking for certain gifts and they have ideas of what they want to give to their family members,” Steenhard said.

That’s why she and other store owners are excited for Sunday’s Holiday Open House.

“It gets Clinton noticed, it gets people to come downtown and see what a beautiful downtown we have,” said Lou Ray, part of the Downtown Clinton event committee.

Ray is also a local small business owner, who’s taken part in the Holiday Open House for the past seven years.

Ray and Steenhard said Sunday isn’t just steals and deals.

“It’s not just shopping, it’s a whole experience,” Steenhard said.

“We have someone who is doing custom coffee’s, we have someone else that’s doing ciders,” Ray explained about other Clinton vendors heading out to Sunday’s event.

Wreaths will also be sold, animals from the humane society available for adoption and Santa is stopping by too. Both woman hope all of this brings people out to see everything 5th Avenue has to offer.

“The buildings that are empty are big buildings so it makes those of us who are a little smaller seem like we’re not here but there is you know probably ten or 15 stores on these two blocks that people don’t realize that are here,” Steenhard said.

The Holiday Open House is from noon to 4 p.m.  on Sunday, Nov. 20. It features the stores up and down 5th Avenue.

There is still no final count on how many businesses are participating, but most retail shops on fifth are expected to be open.

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