ALTON — Alton Main Street invites the public to 3rd Thursdays, a fun shopping event in Downtown Alton where retailers stay open late and offer specials and refreshments.
Park once and ride the free shuttle from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. compliments of the Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Participants can pick up a passport at any of the 16 businesses and get it stamped along the way. Guests who visit every shop on the passport will be entered into the grand prize drawing for a $75 universal gift certificate to spend at any participating store. This month’s theme is “Soar on Broadway” — an eagle-themed event.
For added fun, the event will include a scavenger hunt — a photo album will be placed on the event’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AltonThirdThursdays) showing items that have been donated by shop owners. If you can find the item somewhere in the 16 shops, it’s yours to keep for free. For information, visit www.DowntownAlton.com.
Specials for Jan. 21 3rd Thursday event
- Alton Stained Glass Works & Tiffany Inn: Enjoy a tea-tasting special as well as drawing for a Free Beginners Stained Glass Class ($65 value)
- Country Meadows: After eagle-watching in the cold, snuggle under a warm cozy quilt
- 1904 General Store: 10 percent off store-wide, plus all holiday edibles are buy one, get one free
- Party on Broadway: Offering buy a $25 gift certificate get an additional $5 added for free
- JMC Design Gallery Co-Op: 40 percent off one full-price fair trade item, and many great deals in the 50 percent off fair trade section
- Olive Oil Marketplace: Get a free small sample bottle with a $25 purchase
- Wild Hare Emporium: 10 percent off all merchandise, plus giveaways and a drawing for a free item, and refreshments with a recipe card
- Grassroots Grocery: Enjoy 10 percent off our entire line of 40-plus bulk spices
- WOW Furnishings: Anyone who stops by will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate
- Body Restoration Spa & Salon: Free chair massage demos and $10 off purchase of a one hour massage gift certificate
- Specials will also be offered by Mississippi Mud Pottery, Dance Things and More, The Grapevine of Alton, My Just Desserts and Tinner’s Anvil American Handwork.