Sip and Shop showcases local businesses

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Tarrick Pittman looks at a bracelet from Monkeybeadz at the Ugly Sweater Sip and Shop Saturday at Booker T. Theater.


Staff Writer

Sunday, December 17, 2017

It may have been a little nippy Saturday afternoon, but shoppers were greeted with a warm welcome in downtown Rocky Mount.

The inaugural “Ugly Sweater Sip and Shop” at the Booker T. Theatre, sponsored by the Downtown Community Association and Dynamik Learning, offered folks a family atmosphere while showcasing local businesses.

“It’s really nice of them to do this; it was a lot of fun,” said Tasha Manning, a Rocky Mount resident who walked to the event with her two children.

Manning said she hopes the Douglas Block, a revitalized area of downtown, spreads. She said she believes the Event Center currently under construction will help with the effort.

“It’s nice to have something close we can do together,” Manning said.

Spurring interest in downtown and the Douglas Block is the whole point of the event, said Tarrick Pittman, president of the Downtown Community Association and owner of CoolGeeks Computer Repair and Installation Services.

“We want to give customers and businesses a chance to create a relationship,” Pittman said.

The event attracted a few vendors from out of the area including Wake County.

“It’s a recruiting tool,” Pittman said. “Hopefully they’ll see something they like in downtown and one day move a business here.”

Kimberly Thigpen’s The Bath Place is on Main Street, right around the corner from Booker T. Theatre.

Thigpen said the event was a wonderful idea.

“It’s bringing positive attention to the area,” Thigpen said. “It’s a great way to attract future businesses.”

The free event featured a live DJ, prizes, snacks and holiday punch. Vendors offered clothing, jewelry and other products.

The family fun isn’t over. Dynamik Learning will hold a “Winter Wonderlab” for children from Dec. 27 through Dec. 29. For more information call 252-497-3661.