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Business owners offer Tuesday incentives

Forest Grove business owners are making Tuesday the day to shop around town.

Becky Kramer of Urban Decanter, artist Helvi Smith and Kristen Ling of A Framer’s Touch are hoping to promote the treasures offered by local stores.

“We want to remind people there are a lot of great, unique businesses in downtown Forest Grove, and we’re hoping with a little help from social media we can drum up some excitement mid-week,” said Ling.

Future specials are announced on the Shop Local Tuesday Facebook page. Participating businesses — Urban Decanter, A Framer’s Touch, Helvi Smith’s art studio, Caffe Montecassino, Tyson’s Pub and Grub, Sugar Shack, BJ’s Coffee, Pizza Schmizza, Ballad Town Billiards, Vic’s Guitar Cave and stylist Cara Keenan of Metro Hairworks — offer shopping incentives such as sales and giveaways every Tuesday.

“We’re hoping for more cross-traffic between businesses and more networking and communication,” Kramer said.

Last week, Ling offered $5 off a purchase of $25 or more, and plans to mix up future enticements with giveaways, drawings and featured-artist deals.

The Sugar Shack, Tyson’s and Pizza Schmizza, BJ’s Coffee, Caffe Montecassino and Ballad Town Billards offered food and drink specials, and Smith offered deals on her art.

Smith has been in her art studio at 1914 Elm St. for about six years, and has been an artist full-time for five years. Some of her work is also featured at Valley Art.

“I hope someone will come into the studio and know I’m here,” Smith said.

During the first Shop Local event, “I had someone come in who had never been here before and they bought a painting.”

Smith, who’s lived in Forest Grove for more than 30 years, is “still amazed at all the businesses I don’t know are here. Maybe this will help with that,” she said.

Business owners interested in participating can send a message via the Facebook page. Or they can call or visit Kramer, Smith or Ling.



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