HAMBURG — Monroe, owner of Monroe’s Place and a member of the Village Business Advisory Council, established Village Value Day.
The focus of Village Value Day is all things local. It will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2.
For approximately the past five years Village Value Day has been bringing local retailers together for a day so that community residents can explore wares and local items from one convenient location.
This style event will happen in other places down the length of a sidewalk, according to Monroe, but since so many of Hamburg’s shops are spread out.“We decided to put it in one location, under a big tent,” she said.
At 206 Lake St. — in the parking lot next to Dairy Queen — a tent will be set up, which means Village Value Day will happen rain or shine.
“The tent is really nice because it doesn’t matter whether it’s rain or shine,” Monroe said. “The concept of it is to blow it out.”
Participating retailers will include Monroe’s Place, Starlight Specialty Gifts, Studio B Dancewear, What A Woman Wants, Snippets & gems, Village Kids Consignment, Papaya Arts, and Bangs Salon Retail Products.
“This year we have a couple other interesting things added to [Village Value Day],” Monroe said. Ten Thousand Vines will hold a wine tasting. Additionally, Buffalo Street Grill’s newest food truck acquisition will be present at the event.
Stop by the HEART Animal Rescue and Adoption will have a trailer and kittens available for adoption, on site.
Monroe said she founded this event “because I have probably the largest amount of retail in the village and a lot of things that I need to clear out.
“In the summer time it’s hard to make money in the summer. It gets real quiet,” she added.
But Village Value Day is held the same weekend as the Eden Corn Fest, which Monroe said helps tremendously.
“We do it on Corn Fest Saturday,” Monroe said, adding that the event will “get some activity that is already en route to the Corn Fest.”
What she said she really wanted to emphasize is the significance of supporting local.
“One thing I feel is really important is we really need that community support,” Monroe said. “We’re fighting a really upward battle constantly.”
Big box and chain stores are major competition for local establishments.
“We’re also fighting against the Internet. Here’s the chance to support some micro, independently owned businesses.”
Monroe said that shopping local is very significant for maintaining local economy.
“We’re a big part of that tax paying community,” she said. “Without us, you’re affecting the economy [by shopping at big box stores] but you’re not effecting your local economy.”
“The more businesses that keep coming and opening up in the village, the more people we need to stop into that store that they’ve never been in but have driven by,” she added.
“We need to continue ... these are things to help keep our businesses strong and help have a thriving local economy,” Monroe said.
“Now that it’s kind of a resurgence, lets keep it going,” she said, in regard to the emphasis on local focus. “Be part of the movement. I think it’s cool to buy from local.”
The parking lot where Village Value Day will be taking place will be at 206 Lake St. in Hamburg.