Annual sidewalk sale hits downtown Thursday

Thursday, July 28, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:27 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

Beginning Thursday, downtown retailers will be clearing their storerooms and lining Columbia’s streets with sandals, dress suits, sports coats, pens, designer jeans, handbags, baby clothes and other goods, all priced to move.

The 46th annual Dog Days Sidewalk Sale will be running from today through Sunday. Storeowners are encouraged by the city’s Special Business District to hold sales on the sidewalk in front of their stores.

Shoppers can expect to find between 20 and 35 stores participating in this year’s sale, according to Leah Wyllys-Gambiza, the Columbia Special Business District’s assistant director.

Sarah Horn, the owner of Sha, a women’s and children’s gift boutique that opened in April, said she’s looking forward to the sale.

“I’m hoping we get a good turnout,” Horn said. “I am anxious to get exposure from people who don’t really know about my store yet.”

“It is a good way to lighten inventory and get people downtown,” said David Danser, co-owner of Bingham’s, a clothier that’s taken part in the sale since 1989.

“I will definitely be there,” said Sharon Plank while strolling down Broadway on Wednesday. “They have some great bargains.”

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