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Chappaqua Sidewalk Sale a Success Despite Heat

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Despite record-breaking temperatures Thursday and Friday, sidewalk sales still brought new customers to shops along South Greeley Avenue and King Street in downtown Chappaqua. The weather could have put a damper on many of the participating businesses, but many adjusted by inviting people into their air-conditioned shops.

“It’s been a good idea. It’s bringing buzz into town,” said Lou Bastone, owner of Chappaqua Paint and Hardware. “That’s more important, that they come back throughout the year.”

Shops used the sidewalk sale as an opportunity to let out-of-towners learn about what downtown Chappaqua has to offer in food and merchandise.

“It brings in people from out of town which is always a plus," said Squire’s owner Michael Kuchner. "We always get a couple new customers from the sidewalk sale.”

“It’s definitely good to get people in that haven’t been here before,” said Dawn Greenberg, owner of Aurora’s Free Trade on lower King Street. “I thought people knew about me but they didn’t, so this was good for people to get to know about Aurora.”

Great Stuff, a clothing boutique at the corner of South Greeley and King Street, decided to beat the heat by bringing their sidewalk sale indoors.

“Everyone thanked us for moving inside,” said Barbara Tullio, manager of Great Stuff. “We did just the same yesterday when we moved it inside as Thursday out in the heat. I think we’re going to do this again next year.”

One shop broke records of its own, even as soaring temperatures set records. “We’ve been doing really good,” said Tara Mikolay, co-owner of Desires by Mikolay. “This has been our biggest one on record.  Despite the weather, people have been coming, I can’t believe it that people came out in 100-degree heat to try on jewelry but they did.”

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