The summer sidewalk sale returns this weekend

Owner Katie Nguyen Wells said she participated in the sale because of the extra exposure small businesses like hers receive.

“We have been on King Street for three years. I don’t think many people know that we have a gift shop associated with the workshop. There’s a lot of people who will come in and say, ‘Oh, I didn’t even know you had a retail store,’ Wells said.

The retail store located inside the craft shop will have sidewalk sales offerings aimed at attracting the attention of visitors.

Shoppers can take an additional 50% off select AR Workshop Gift Shop items including seasonal decorations, accessories, pillows, candles, kids crafts, activities, games and puzzles; and an additional 50-75% off pre-made sample panels such as framed wood panels, porch panels and pillows.

All AR Workshop Alexandria purchasers will also receive a $10 gift certificate to use for a future class at AR Workshop with any purchase, no minimum purchase required. The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Like Kirkpatrick, Wells said summer is relatively slow in the Old Town area. Small business owners agreed that curbside selling gave them a much-needed boost during a slower time commercially.

“It’s a great opportunity to see what we have to offer,” Wells said.

For Wells, high season doesn’t start until September, so the sale is an opportunity for her to build up a clientele and clear some inventory before preparing for the holiday season.

“We love it because it brings lots of foot traffic…and the city comes alive,” Wells said.

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