Downtown sidewalk sale returns to Saskatoon forward of provincial reopening – Saskatoon

On a mild Thursday afternoon, groups of people were walking through downtown Saskatoon, stopping about every half block to admire the outdoor displays with clothes racks and jewelry displays in all their glory.

Amid the waning COVID-19 pandemic, the Downtown Saskatoon Sidewalk Sale has returned.

“I see our banner flying across the street,” said Sarah Markilton, program director for Downtown Saskatoon. “We see music, we see shops with their things on the sidewalks; as always, and people are on the hunt for bargains. “

Almost 20 different establishments take part in the 45th annual summer attraction, a sign of the return to normal. Something that downtown business owners will appreciate after a long 16 month of pandemic restrictions.

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“It was probably the toughest year in our history to be open,” said Daniel Cote, owner of Bricker’s Shoes. “There (were) times when the parking lot was empty, nobody walked through the streets.”

“COVID made it a little tougher,” agreed Carol Dyck, co-owner of Manhattan Casuals. “But it will surely get better now.”

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This version of the annual sale may look different than any of its pre-COVID beginnings, however there will be a second sale running August 12-14.

The second installment will come long after the province reopens and will include the traditional closure of 2nd Avenue.

“Everyone’s looking forward to the August sale,” said Dyck. “When we all have our customers, have downtown, have the streets closed, it’s an exciting time.”

“I think this morning was so far so good,” said Cote. “Many are looking forward to the street opening for sidewalk sales.”

While the August issue will look familiar to many visitors over the years, it will include a few new wrinkles for everyone.

“I’m working to get what is probably the biggest slide in the entire province,” said Markidon. “To slip into the sidewalk sale.”

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