TAYLORVILLE – Tomorrow, July 1, Small Town Taylorville and the 40 MPH Club will host their monthly car cruise on the square from 4:30 to 8 p.m. The event lines up with Late Night Shopping, so several local businesses will keep their doors open later than usual for shopping and browsing.
“A car cruise is generally where you go and go park some place,” said Gail Lumb, part of the 40 MPH Club. “A lot of times they’ll have it for some charitable donation; we’ve done some for the food pantry for an entry fee. There’s no judging or anything involved, but you drive to a designated location, wherever it is, and then everyone just parks, everyone gets to see each other’s cars, enjoy the car atmosphere.”
The 40 MPH Club encourages all local businesses to participate in the event by staying open late or holding sidewalk sales.
“Our original idea was to do it in conjunction with the late night Friday shopping hours, to get more people down,” Lumb said. “And I think it will significantly help downtown if we could keep it going and keep it growing.”
Open until 8 p.m. for Late Night Shopping are Dear Yesteryear, Elladees Boutique, Storehouse on Market, Wonder & Rhyme, Little Luxuries, The Vintage Dresser Boutique, Quick Cash Pawn & Jewelry, Suessie Resale UBNA, and Scooter’s Coffee, all of which have a sale of some sort.
“As far as the businesses go, for one, we’re keeping all our money in town. With the cruise alongside the businesses, we’re creating an environment or atmosphere that’s family friendly for everyone,” said Lee Skinner, owner of Dear Yesteryear, who helped start Late Night Shopping and the cruise. “You’re giving families something to do, too. Not only just going to look at the cars, but they can go shop, too. There’s something for everyone.”
Open until 6 p.m. are Bundles & Bliss, The Wooden Flower, and Down to Earth Sustainability. Sydney Lynn’s Little Book Shop and Vinyl will be open until 7 p.m.
Still, the 40 MPH Club would like to see more involvement from businesses.
“It’s just participation is all it is,” Skinner said. “We’re not forcing anybody to stay open late. If they want to, great; if they want their normal hours, that’s fine, too. We encourage everybody to go into any business that’s open to shop during the car cruise.”
More information on the 40 MPH Club and photos from Friday’s cruise to come in the Sunday paper.