With over 125 restaurants and retailers in Chestnut Hill, exploring them all might be time consuming and costly. That’s why beginning Sunday, April 14, the Chestnut Hill Business Association (CHBA) is encouraging shoppers to come out and enjoy special promotions and retail discounts in the debut of a monthly Second Sunday event.
With a variety of shops and restaurants the CHBA wanted to find a way to incorporate all the aspects of the neighborhoods’ appeal, according to Deputy Director Kate O’Neill.
“Our shops are a part of what gives Chestnut Hill style and its unique flavor,” said O’Neill, “and this promotion gives shoppers a chance to try a taste of each.”
Offers range from special samples of new products at Weavers Way and Ten Thousand Villages, free appraisals and a 20% discounts at the Antique Gallery, and free kid’s meals at Chestnut 7 restaurant. Second Sundays will also feature institutions that are unique to Chestnut Hill.
“It’s a great chance for the community to come out and enjoy not only the shops but other places such as the Morris Arboretum and Woodmere Art Museum as well,” said O’Neill.
Second Sunday’s are also intended to appeal to those outside of Chestnut Hill community explained CHBA board member and Gravers Lane Art Gallery Director Bruce Hoffman.
“We really want people from outside the neighborhood to make the trip and visit for a day to enjoy the things that they might have heard or seen about but never actually experienced,” said Hoffman. He hopes Chestnut Hill’s transportation and proximity to downtown Philadelphia will encourage others to visit.
“We’ve got the Chestnut Hill East and West lines that run all day and we’re offering free parking along Germantown Avenue,” said Hoffman.
“So it’s really easy for families to take a trip in, enjoy the special events, and travel safely back home,” he added.
Although the weather is sure to be an encouragement for people to get out, the CHBA believes this consolidated effort by its retailers to attract people to their neighborhood is something can be done all year round.
“We wanted to start something that could be continuous and people could enjoy throughout the seasons, so we plan on continuing these promotions once a month for at least the rest of the year” said O’Neill. A long term tradition is also what Hoffman has in mind as well.
“The businesses we’ve talked to plan to offer different specials to make each Second Sunday relevant to what time of year it is,” said Hoffman. There have been initial discussions to hold a fashion-based event in the fall.
More information about Second Sunday promotions can be found at www.chestnuthillpa.com