Downtown Ferndale merchants love families and will show families all there is to love about their downtown with a special promotion on June 18.

“Families at Woodward 9” will be the first in a year ‘round series of “Third Thursdays,” featuring shopping and in-store special events from 6 - 9 p.m.

This Thursday, merchants will offer family-oriented activities and unique inventory for children and their parents. Participating merchants, identified by orange and white balloons, will be open until 9 p.m., and many will be setting up outside for their own sidewalk sales.

Families can expect such things as candle making fun at The Candle Wick Shoppe, children's book reading at Twisted Shamrock, and a chance to draw your favorite hairstyle in a contest at Meagan Mitchell Salon.

There also will be Gelato ice cream at the Pinwheel Bakery, a family-priced spaghetti dinner at Maria's Front Room, and 20 percent off family/grad photo framing at State of the Art.

And don't forget a ghost story exchange at the Boston Tea Room.

“Third Thursdays” is a collective effort by downtown merchants to better serve the buying public by staying open later and offering more, according to a press release from the Downtown Development Authority.

Many merchants plan to be open until 9 p.m. every Thursday. Shoppers can visit for updates.

Future “Third Thursdays” themes are:
July 16 — East Meets West at Woodward 9
Aug. 20 — Wine Dine at Woodward 9
Sept. 17 — Beauty on the 9
Oct. 15 — Thrillers on the 9

For more information regarding “Third Thursdays,” please contact Chris Hughes, communications and marketing manager at the Ferndale DDA, at (248) 546-1632.


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