Resolve in the New Year to shop and dine locally

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Start the New Year off right by spending the evening of Friday, Jan. 3 in downtown Beaufort. The Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association invites everyone to come ring in all that’s new and kick off the first First Friday event of the New Year.

Shops and restaurants will be open late for the event which runs from 5-8 p.m.

Every month, the Merchants Association hosts family-friendly First Friday events that are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to visit downtown to have a great meal at one of the area restaurants and explore unique shops, galleries, and specialty stores that will feature promotions, demonstrations, music, refreshments and fun throughout the evening.

This month, DJ Mike Partain will play lots of favorite tunes throughout the evening on the West St. Plaza to set the atmosphere.

To highlight the celebration, participating Merchants Association member businesses will be hosting a New Year’s Scavenger Hunt.

The challenge is to spy and spot the New Year’s bell hidden in each shop. Participants can pick up a scavenger hunt shopper’s card available at the clock plaza on Bay and West St. and in participating shops.

Shoppers then visit at least 10 participating businesses, and after spotting the bell and having their cards marked, they can turn them in to be entered in a drawing to win a cash prize.

The drawing will be held at 8 p.m. at the clock plaza on West St.

Supporting small and independent local businesses is important to the vitality, character, and economic strength of Beaufort. The unique products, services, and customer care that local businesses offer is what helps make our community thrive.

Make it your New Year’s resolution to shop and dine locally.

For more information, contact the Downtown Beaufort Merchants Association at dbmerchantsassociation@gmail.com.

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