BANGOR, Maine — Downtown merchants will be open for business a couple of hours longer Wednesday as part of the first Fusion Downtown Proud Open House.
One of the first major events associated with Fusion’s Downtown Proud community action initiative to promote downtown merchants, services and attractions, the Downtown Proud Open House features several downtown businesses staying open two hours longer, from 5 to 7 p.m., and offering special discounts and refreshments for customers.
“This is our second event. The first was a downtown cleanup where 15 volunteers showed up to clean up the area from Norumbega Park all the way down to the waterfront,” said Annie Collins, a member of Fusion Bangor’s steering committee. “We’re hoping people who do work 9 to 5 and don’t get a chance to see what downtown has to offer take advantage of this chance to check it out.”
Fusion, a Bangor-area networking group of young residents formed to engage with the community and transform the Bangor region into a preferred place to live, work and play in Maine, hopes to use the event to increase these merchants’ visibility and enhance the opportunity for people to connect with businesspeople.
Participating businesses include American Retro, Antique Marketplace & Cafe, Bangor Wine and Cheese, Best Bib and Tucker, Blue Heron, The Briar Patch, Central Street Farmhouse, The Charles Inn and Big Easy lounge, Epic Sports, Frock Affair, Giacomo’s, Maine Jewelry & Art, Metropolitan Soul, Mexicali Blues, One Lupin Fiber Arts, The Rock & Art Shop, Sweetest Thing, and Valentine Footwear.