Press release from City of Hendersonville:
Downtown Hendersonville launches LoveHendo – Shop Local Saturdays to provide open-air activity on Main Street the First Saturday of each month. The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville have refreshed the Open Streets pilot program to become a monthly Saturday activity for all to enjoy the great local businesses downtown has to offer.
Main Street will be closed to vehicles all day on the First Saturday of each month from 2nd Avenue to 6th Avenue. The cross streets will remain open to traverse to the unique avenue businesses and the abundant downtown parking available just a short walk from Main Street. The spaces on Main immediately in front of the Historic Henderson County Courthouse are reserved for handicap parking.
Many downtown businesses have expanded outdoor activities planned for the First LoveHendo – Shop Local Saturday on August 1, including:
- The Hendersonville Family YMCA will host free yoga on the 400 block at 8:30 am
- Team ECCO Shark Lab will host afternoon activities from 11:30-2:30 on the 500 block, including photos with characters, invertebrate tanks, bubbles, etc.
- Renzo’s Speakeasy Al Fresco at 6 pm on the 500 block
- Cool off with outdoor sprinklers and additional outdoor seating
- Mast General Store Sidewalk Sale
In the spirit of #SafeHendo, all businesses and customers are encouraged to follow the 3 W’s – Wear a face covering, Wash your hands and Wait 6 feet apart.
Downtown Hendersonville Pivot Fund
To encourage creativity and resiliency among businesses and nonprofits downtown, The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville also launched the Downtown Hendersonville Pivot Fund, a microgrant program to support businesses and nonprofits within the Main Street and 7th Avenue Districts to find creative solutions to adapt their businesses amid the changing environment.
“The open space on Main Street during LoveHendo Saturdays will allow for alternative ways to experience Downtown Hendersonville,” said Lew Holloway, Downtown Economic Development Director, “we encourage businesses to think creatively as they shift to a new normal.”
Businesses and experience-based nonprofits are invited to apply for funding to support expanding their business outdoors and maintaining social distancing standards. Donations are being accepted to support the program at downtownhendersonville.org.