Across the City shoppers are hitting the streets in search of the perfect holiday present. Stores in the City have specials shoppers can take advantage of this season.
And to help in bringing shoppers downtown, Mayor Tim O’Brien will be waiving parking meter fees in order to provide up to two hours of free parking in the downtown shopping district for the holiday shopping season.
“We want to make every effort to encourage shoppers to come downtown to do their shopping in the city this holiday season,” Mayor O’Brien said today. “To encourage and attract shoppers to our downtown area, I will waive parking meter fees effective Friday, December 16th through Tuesday December 27th. Shoppers will be able to park for free for up to two hours at specific locations during this period.”
The New Britain City Journal has found a few special sales readers can utilize downtown and around the City this month.
At City Luggage, 256 Main St., you will find specials on ladies and men’s leather wallets (monogramming available), handbags, assorted key chains and jewelry boxes. Leather gloves are selling for a special price of $6.
Across the street at Mitch’s Place, 227 Main St., there is a liquidation sale to get rid of old merchandise and make room for more. Sales include a $5 clothing sale on all the clothing in the back of the store and jackets for $20.
A store representative said the clothing sale is “huge”.
Amato’s Toy and Hobby, 283 Main St., is having a sale on train sets, radio controlled cars and helicopters.
“We have a fair amount of specials throughout the store,” said Steve Amato, owner. “We are giving away a free train set in conjunction with the train exhibit at the children’s library.”
That drawing is set for Dec. 21.
“There are a number of good places to shop and eat in downtown,” O’Brien continued. “I look forward with working with the Downtown District and the Chamber of Commerce to incentivize people to come downtown to do their holiday shopping.
Free and convenient parking during the holiday rush is an opportunity for those shoppers looking for alternatives to the high congestion and long lines associated with area malls. I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and urge them to make this shopping season a successful one for our local businesses,” Mayor O’Brien concluded.
At NewBrite Plaza many stores have specials.
Ocean State Job Lot has specials on sheet sets for $29.99 and a 6-element infrared heating cabinet is going for $179. Battery chargers are $60 and Patriots clothing is selling from $10-$20.
“In addition we have home generators for sale. This is the first time we have ever had them for sale. We even have new gas grills for $199. They are $300 every where else,” said David Sarlitto, director of marketing.
But there is one surprise coming Dec. 15. The store will be selling muck boots for just $25.
“Every size, style and color. That is all our Facebook is talking about,” said Sarlitto. “This is so new, it is not even in the flyer.”
Next door, Marshall’s had several rows of clearance clothing items on sale as well as Christmas decorations and gifts under $20 like Bruins, Red Sox and Yankee calendars.
Payless Shoe Source has Ninas on sale for $9.99 and Christian Siriano for $19.99.
Around the City other stores are holding sales of their own.
Polumbo Jewelers, 538 East St., is having a 20-50 percent off sale on all jewelry. And you can get an extra $10 off for spending at least $100. There is a large selection of Biagi beads as well.
New Look Salon and Day Spa, 396 West Main St., is offering such specials as a one hour massage for $50. Pedicures and facials are also at special prices this December.
When it comes to eating out, various restaurants are booking banquets such Roma’s, Angelico’s and Paradise Pizza.
Catanzaro Specialty Meats is taking orders on roasts and other meats for the holidays. Martin Rosols has its special easter kielbasa on sale for the upcoming holidays and Angelo’s Market always has special holiday foods and catering available.
Some places like Whinstone Tavern, at the Stanley Golf Course, are even already planning for New Year’s Eve.