Merchants in Linden Hills are extending their hours on Thursday nights in an effort to attract more business to the commercial node.
The businesses of Linden Hills will stay open until 8 p.m. beginning in September.
Tamah Burke, owner of Rove Arounds, recently proposed the idea in an effort to attract customers who can’t shop during the workday.
As a child, Burke remembers shopping with her mother on Thursday evenings. “That is my memory of Minneapolis, and I loved it,” she said.
Burke hopes the Thursday nights will bring a close-knit and unique business community event closer together.
“The greater power of coming together will help us all,” she said.
Burke contacted Mark Dwyer, president of the Linden Hills Business Association, to spread the word. Dwyer jumped on board with Burke and e-mailed the business owners in the area.
Response is trickling in, and some businesses immediately committed and are brainstorming specials, sales and events to hold on Thursday evenings.
Owner of the House of Tibet, Thupten Dadak, plans to show documentary films about Tibet every other Thursday, as well as offer sales on the clothes, toys and artifacts in the store. Dadak is optimistic about the Thursday night shopping.
“It’s a good idea. We are a neighborhood location, and people who come to shop are our neighborhood people. I think they deserve a discount,” said Dadak.
Beth Patrin, owner of Twiggs, thought about extending her hours before the mention of Thursday night shopping. Her customers told her how difficult it is to find time to shop, because many work until 6 p.m. when the shop closes, she said. She thinks that the extended hours of the community will generate additional traffic, but also provide a “good, unique experience for our customers.”
Twiggs plans to offer a special sale or event at least once a month. Patrin will arrange trunk shows to feature local artists and vendors, and offer chair massages to customers.
Café Twenty Eight is incorporating the entire Linden Hills neighborhood in their special — offering a 20 percent discount from 5–9 p.m. to any customer with a receipt of $25 or more from any Linden Hills business.
Burke’s business, Rove Arounds, will be offering a revolving, special surprise, Burke said. She plans to feature local artisans, offer two-for-one deals or a special discount, but the deals will change each week.
Other business such as Wonderment, Clancey’s and Uniquely Yours have committed to the event and are brainstorming sales and events for customers.
Burke hopes that eventually the community of businesses will be able to maintain the shopping night as a unit by working together with themes each week.
Dwyer supports the idea and the participating businesses.
“Our businesses enjoy opening their doors — this event is about bringing people together,” he said.
While Burke hopes the extended hours will help boost her sales and that of other businesses, she’s eager to spark a “nice buzzing, community feeling.”
For more information on the businesses of Linden Hills, visit lindenhillsbusiness.com.