Walkers to brave cold for chocolate
Tickets are on sale for the annual Chocolate Walk, being held 6-9 p.m. Feb. 7 in downtown Delaware.
“It’s very well-attended, given how very cold it is outside,” Frances Jo Hamilton, Executive Director of Main Street Delaware Inc., told The Gazette. “Last year, we were in single digits. We had sold all 200 of the tickets ahead of time, and just shy of 20 tickets didn’t show up.”
Tickets cost $15, and benefit Main Street Delaware, a nonprofit organization which puts on First Friday celebrations such as the Chocolate Walk and other programs to promote the downtown. The tickets are available at select stores and at www.mainstreetdelaware.com.
Participants will start at the Main Street office on 20 E. Winter St., where they’ll get a chocolate treat, a goody bag for holding other chocolates and a map of the businesses participating in the Chocolate Walk.
“We always encourage the businesses to give out something that’s complementary to their business, something that’s memorable,” Hamilton said. “Last year, Vito’s Wine Bar did a shot of chocolate wine.”
Usually, 30 businesses participate, Hamilton said, and this year’s participants include the Andrews House, Backstretch Bar, Bargar Jewelry, Button Up, Carousel Closet, Chelley Belly, Creative Foundations, Delaware Realty, E&G Lending, Fundamentals, Gibson’s the Florist, Green Door Salon, Hamburger Inn, Josey’s Posies, Sandusky Street Antiques, Sherwin Williams, Something Sweet, The Beauty Lab, The Hair Studio, Toujours, and Vito’s.
Some of the treats are consumable on the spot, and others can go into the goody bag, Hamilton said.
“It’s quite a bit of chocolate,” she said. “But with 30 businesses and only three hours to get around, they really try to book their way through the downtown, or they’re picking and choosing their favorite places.
“It’s a fun night and good for the businesses, usually a night that would be too cold to get anybody on the sidewalk.”
According to Main Street Delaware, the “Feb. 7 First Friday also will feature free children’s activities, live music, and more family-friendly fun in historic downtown Delaware. Many restaurants and businesses stay open late for the celebration.”
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