Thursday kicked off the third annual Norman Summer Sidewalk Sale, which lasts until Saturday, July 18.
Visit Norman said local businesses are hoping for a great turnout this year because businesses are struggling because of the pandemic and they've missed out on events that usually bring in more cash.
“The students didn’t come back after spring break. We lost the medieval fair and musical fest and other festivals due to the pandemic,” said Dan Schemm, the Executive Director of Visit Norman. “So they’re really struggling and we need to get out and support our local businesses so that they’re here after the pandemic.
This year, the Norman Chamber of Commerce said 28 local stores are participating in the sale. That includes Occasions, located near Main St. and 24th Ave Northwest. The owners said they’re doing what they can to make sure shoppers feel safe and comfortable.
“We’re gong to make sure our tables are not crowded and they are all set at least 6-feet apart, just in different parts of the store just so they’re never crowded around one table,” said Susan Austin with the store. “Of course we’ll all be in masks, of course we clean [and] we don’t have them sign anything.”
“It’s kind of a slower time for our businesses,” said Dan Schemm, the Executive Director of Visit Norman. “So, this is a way for all of us to support them. As local residents, get out and explore while it’s a little less crowded without the students here.”
Many stores are discounting prices both inside and outside of the store.
You can find a full list of participating stores here.