Broadway Nights returns on Friday with a Valentine's Day theme. More than a dozen businesses will be open until at least 8 p.m. with special sales and activities to encourage patrons to visit downtown.
A number of businesses have special sales planned for the occasion, said Shaun Bennett, a member of the merchant committee organizing the event. Both Peppers and Company and Wicked Lovely are planning to have live models in their show windows.
Wicked Lovely is planning to have a fashion show and photo shoot, open to the public. Patrons are welcome to try on various apparel in the store in true modeling style and have their photos taken.
Special music will be offered at several venues. At Mocha Jo's, pianist Bryan Lindell will be performing. At Denali Dreams, Tim Davis will provide music with his dulcimer and magician Cody Lowery will perform.
Activities will include demonstrations by woodworking craftsman Ken Forbes, who will bring a number of his handmade jewelry boxes for display at Connie's Photography. New one-of-a-kind jewelry made by Brenda Davis will be on display at Denali Dreams. Mocha Jo's is giving away free cake to early visitors at "Bodacious Bob's 56th Birthday Bash."
Bennett said other stores will have surprises waiting for those who visit.
Committee members have begun plans for future Broadway Nights, continuing on the second Friday of each month. March's event will fall near to St. Patrick's Day and lends itself to a variety of topical treats. April is planned as a "free tax day." To give customers a break on the eve of the federal income tax deadline, merchants will pay the sales tax themselves.