Capitol Square Celebrates East Arlington First Lights 2018

Saturday December 1st from 12-4pm

Capitol Square, East Arlington’s vibrant business district, celebrates First Lights 2018 on Saturday December 1st 2018 from 12-4pm with free entertainment, festive refreshments, special sales and holiday activities for the entire family.

The Capitol Theater will begin showing Classic Christmas Cartoons at 12:30. Lanie the Jolly Elf will make balloon magic at Artbeat, where kids can also make glittery Christmas ornaments. The new Lotus Flow Studio will offer fun Holiday Yoga. The Calvary Brass Band will play holiday music from 2-3 pm in front of Town Tavern, which will be serving hot cider to passersby.

Hot cocoa will be served at the new Adventure Pub and refreshments will be offered at all the participating stores. There will be special sales at 13Forest Gallery, Derby Farm Flowers & Gardens, Maxima Gifts, The Muse’s Window, Continentale Salon, Lotus Flow Studio, and Artbeat. Quebrada Bakery will give away free star cookies with any purchase and Thrive Juice Bar will offer free size upgrades for all its drinks and smoothies.

“First Lights is a fun time for all in the dark and cold of winter. As the gateway to Arlington’s Cultural District, we love bringing families from surrounding communities to Capitol Square to discover all that we have to offer.” says Jan Whitted, a founding member of the Capitol Square Business Association and owner of Artbeat Creativity Store and Studio.

Keep Your Money in Town – Shop Local This Holiday Season

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Photo by Clark Street Mercantile on Unsplash

We’re taking a slightly different path with this month’s podcast. It’s the December holiday shopping season and we hope you’ll visit your local stores and restaurants, not just the mall. Online shopping certainly saves time, but neither you nor your local community benefits as much.

You may be overlooking the best gifts you’ll ever find, sourced and sold by small business owners, who work alongside their staff (or family) to find what you need and then cash you out. Even better – your dollars go to work in your community rather than fly off to a Caribbean tax haven, never to be seen again.

This month’s podcast features an interview with Alyssa Clossey, co-founder of Support Arlington Center. This neighborhood group plays a huge role in keeping businesses in our Town’s center alive and growing. It’s also a great example of how business and their surrounding communities can work together to keep their local economies healthy.

By all measures, the holiday shopping season is shaping up to be a good one. Make it the best ever, with goods and services that are available in your neighborhood. You might be surprised at how satisfying that experience can be. And, no parking hassles!

Listen to this episode right here, on the Arlington Entrepreneurs website. You can also listen to it on iTunes, SoundCloud and – just added! – Stitcher Radio. Give it a listen, then pack up the family and hit the streets for some great, local shopping.

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