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Arrival of warmer weather brings boost to First Friday's


The crowds are finally flocking to Downtown South Bend now that the winter seems to be behind us.
Friday night was the first non-freezing First Friday of the year and DTSB is hoping this one creates buzz for the rest of the year.

"I can already see right away we're gonna have a lot of people down here for the first time this year, said Dena Woods with DTSB.  The other First Friday's this year haven't drawn massive crowds for a pretty simple reason...the weather. "The snow kept pushing us away," said Dan Blacharski. 

This time there was nothing pushing people away  "You can definitely tell there's a lot more livelihood in DTSB when the sun's shining," said Woods.  Dan Blacharski said, "We're happy the weather is breaking now and we're able to enjoy first Fridays again."  And Sardius Giden said, "It's really good to have nice weather just to walk around "

The crowds gathered around the event's street performers.  But those weren't their only plans for first Friday.  Blancharski said he was going to, "watch the performers, maybe have something to eat at the Chicory Cafe or the Chocolate Factory"  And Sydney Kenjockety said she and her family were "trying different restaurants, see which one we like."

Getting people to patronize the Downtown Businesses is exactly why DTSB puts on these events.  "It gives these businesses an opportunity to maybe attract some of the audiences they regularly wouldn't and develop some loyal customers," said Woods.  So Woods said getting people to attend, "It's absolutely essential "

And now that the sun is attending too there should be no problem getting customers into the downtown businesses.  "I think we've got some great momentum with First Fridays and we're gonna continue to see them grow throughout the year," said Woods.




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