Artist Jordan Perkins created a pop-up art gallery for the event and spent the days painting on the spot. (Betsy Kline/ Castlegar News)

Artist Jordan Perkins created a pop-up art gallery for the event and spent the days painting on the spot. (Betsy Kline/ Castlegar News)

I Heart Downtown Castlegar event a success

Downtown Castlegar was busier than usual last weekend during the I Heart Downtown promotion.

Downtown Castlegar was busier than usual last weekend during the I Heart Downtown promotion.

Thirty-five businesses participated in the event that showcased what downtown has to offer and featured prize draws and even a pop-up art gallery.

“I think it was a great success,” said Shawna Tarasoff, owner of Mother Natures and organizer of the event. “Everybody is speaking really positively about it in sales, foot traffic, excitement.”

The winner of the grand prize draw for $800 in gift certificates from downtown businesses was Katrina Vermette, who lives downtown. Together with her daughter, she walked to every participating business and entered 33 draws.

After talking to the participating businesses, Tarasoff hopes to run the event again next year.

“Everyone was really positive, there was lots of buzz, good feedback, everyone wants to do it again,” she said.

 

Central City Shoes owner Derrick Kittson was pleased with the steady flow of customers during the event. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Central City Shoes owner Derrick Kittson was pleased with the steady flow of customers during the event. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Visitors to Swish were treated with a piece of chocolate. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Visitors to Swish were treated with a piece of chocolate. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Art on display at Jordan Perkin’s gallery. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)

Art on display at Jordan Perkin’s gallery. (Betsy Kline/Castlegar News)