This week's First Friday event opens the doors of local businesses

An eclectic group of nearly two dozen businesses will play host to evening shoppers Friday, when the city's business community invites people to come for fun, food and drink - and maybe a little shopping.

Sandy's First Friday event happens each month in the downtown core, with participating businesses on both Proctor and Pioneer boulevards.

The three-hour event, sponsored and organized by Sandy Main Street, will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, when more than 20 businesses stay open late for evening crowds.

More than one-half of participating businesses serve food or beverages or both, so come hungry, says Sandy Main Street Manager Jason McNeil, who manages the program that promotes this event each month.

Among the temptations offered at participating businesses are free tastings of such delicacies as garlic rolls, taquitos, barbecued pork loin, smores, cream puff, desserts, chocolate, coffee, wine, tea, beer and liquor.

Other businesses offer in-store promotions, art exhibits, classes and demonstrations, reduced prices for products or special services, drawings for prizes, discount coupons and free products or food with the purchase of other products.

There are even two open mics to benefit charitable causes and the release of a new microbrew.

Incentives to look and possibly buy are all over the downtown area at a number of stores staying open late for the convenience of shoppers.

A list of participating businesses is available at the UPS store, 38954 Proctor Blvd., and on the Sandy Main Street website.

For more information, call McNeil at 503-489-2173 or visit the group's website at

If you go

What: First Friday

Where: Downtown Sandy

When: 5 p.m. Oct. 7

Who: For a list of participating businesses, visit the UPS store, 38954 Proctor Blvd., Sandy

For more information: call Jason McNeil at 503-489-2173 or visit

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