Broadway Nights, the new monthly activity in downtown Monett, opens this Friday with a number of artisans joining business operators in their stores from 5 to 8 p.m. or later.
Broadway Nights developed out of ideas exchanged by merchants. Linda Sitton, of Peppers and Company, had the idea of developing a Monett version of the montly art walk in Springfield. The recent addition of new cafés and art galleries in the downtown area opened up the idea.
|"Downtown businesses are working together to start Broadway Nights," said Jenny Schulz of Connie's Photography. "If you are an artist, you are welcome to join in the effort to make this monthly event successful."|
According to Schulz, Broadway Nights is a collaborative effort of downtown businesses to provide the community with an evening of dining, shopping, art and fun that makes a great date night or family event.
"We want to start providing our community with something to do in the evenings without having to drive to Springfield or Joplin," said Schulz. "If this is successful, we could see in the future various possible events such as a talent contest, movie night or karaoke contest. We are open to ideas for the future, and welcome all artists to come join."
According to Shaun Bennett, proprietor of Denali Dreams, participating businesses will be staying open until 8 p.m. or later. Activities for the first month are centered around an arts theme. Visual artists, musicians and writers will participate at the businesses. Not all commitments for artists had been made by presstime.
Among the participants will be:
* Blessings Books and Gifts: featuring Peter Chei playing the piano from 6 to 8 p.m.
* Bruner Pharmacy: featuring Hallmark and pharmaceutical needs
* Connie's Photography, featuring artwork by Jenny Schulz and decorative expressions from Uppercase Living.
* Denali Dreams Gallery and Coffee Shop: featuring coffee and dining. Angela Bennett will perform on guitar. Artwork by local artists will be displayed.
* Fashion Crossroads: featuring shopping for women and plus-size apparel.
* Front Page: featuring shopping for the home, clothing, bedding and more.
* Mocha Jo's Coffee Cafe: featuring coffee and dining. Nate Brown will perform acoustic guitar. Artwork by the late Matthew McCully will be displayed.
* Peppers and Company: featuring shopping for women's clothing, unique gift items, cookbooks and jewelry. Free votive candles will be given away while supplies last.
* The Trunk: featuring children's clothing, shoes, accessories, dance, and gymnastics clothing
Other downtown businesses may participate.
Interested artists and craftsmen and craftswomen need to contact Jenny Schulz at 236-0110 or Bennett at 417-489-3778.