Fenwick First Fridays offer new shopping specials

Date Published: 
Nov. 2, 2017

Fenwick Island businesses are aiming to make Friday a big shopping night. The local businesses have followed in the footsteps of other towns in the region by starting the new Fenwick First Fridays events, continuing Nov. 3 and Dec. 1.

More than a dozen shops and restaurants are offering free samples, coupons or other specials. After the trial run in October, organizer Tim Collins said, he got a lot of positive feedback.

“I talked to two or three stores that were pleased with it and sort of determining how they were going to leverage it” into more discount days. “That’s the kind of results we’re looking for. Personally, for us, we had particularly good Friday,” Collins said of his own business, Southern Exposure.

He said he hopes more businesses continue to join in the event, which he said connects the community and builds hype for shoppers to spend an evening in town.

This winter, customers can get even luckier, with big prize drawings. In November and December, customers can enter the contest at different shops and restaurants. Winners will be announced at the Fenwick Freeze ocean swim on New Year’s Day.

The effort was led by Fenwick Island Business Development Committee, which is sanctioned by the Town of Fenwick Island to partner with the unincorporated sections of Fenwick, along Routes 1 and 54. Collins thanked the Town, the Fenwick-Bethany Area Chamber of Commerce and the businesses that have dived in whole-heartedly.

“There is a level of business that is literally in our back yard that we need to pull together as business community and make ourselves known,” Collins said. Meanwhile, they all contributed to share advertising costs.

“The whole idea is to promote shoulder season and business year-round,” Collins said.

Fenwick is home to restaurants, personal and home services, clothing and accessories shops, banking and other businesses.

Fenwick First Fridays shopping details are online at www.FenwickIsland.Delaware.gov and in the ad on Page # of the Coastal Point.

First Friday specials are available to all shoppers. Fenwick Friday separate from the Fenwick Locals 19944 discount program, in which people who reside or work in the 19944 postal code can show proof of their town affiliation to receive discounts at many Fenwick businesses.