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Alton Main Street, Jacoby Arts Center partner for ‘First Fridays’ experience

Paige Ontis found Where’s Wadlow during First Fridays in October, and chose to receive a $100 gift certificate from Rushmore boutique as her prize.

Alton Main Street and Jacoby Arts Center are partnering to present First Fridays, a late-night art and shopping experience which spans 19 locations across the Downtown Alton district.

This event will be held on the First Friday of each month through December 2022, providing an opportunity to check out new shops and galleries and visit familiar favorites to experience art and specials at each business.

Participants are offering a variety of discounts, refreshments, and giveaways. Everyone who has their passport stamped at each location will receive a $10 gift certificate to any participating business. Free parking is available in the lot next to Jacoby Arts Center, located in Alton at 627 E. Broadway, and a free shuttle bus will be provided from 5 to 9 p.m., running a continuous loop between all participating locations. Participants who find “Where’s Wadlow” hidden at one of the locations can win a $100 gift certificate.

On Friday, Nov. 4, start the evening by picking up a First Fridays passport at Jacoby Arts Center. There you will receive a 10 percent coupon for the Artist Shop, events, and classes. Visitors at Alton Stained Glass Works will be entered into a drawing for one free overnight stay at the Tiffany Inn with the purchase of a one-night stay, plus they will have a selection of beer, wine and freshly brewed teas. At Funky Planet Toys & Gifts, attendees can play “Tic Tac Match” with game creator Larry Ashlock and enter a raffle to win toys. Olive Oil Marketplace will offer 10 percent off a total purchase or 20 percent off one item. KBK STYLEZ will offer 10 percent off any purchase of $30 or more.

Visit A&A Boutique for 10 percent off the entire store, Picture This & More to browse their frames and art gallery, and Rushmore will offer sips and sweets while you browse the latest fashions and enjoy their patio with a beautiful view. Country Meadows Antiques will be offering 10 percent off any item $25 or more and Country Meadows II in the lower level will have a secret surprise sale. Stop by Party on Broadway for $5 ornaments.

Receipts for any purchase from Refabuloused Relics from Nov. 4 to 6 and presented to Alton’s Gumbo 2 Geaux (1808 Washington Ave.) will receive a free 8 oz. gumbo (valid Nov. 5 to 11). Epicurean Fare will help keep participants energized with $5 adult coffee or hot chocolate and $5 munchies. 1904 General Store will have 15 percent off the whole store (excluding candy, fudge, and ice cream) and also hold a drawing for a $50 Brown Bag Bistro gift card.

Visit AP Cigar for 10 percent off Second Hand Barrel products, cigars, and accessories and Alton Music Exchange will be 10 percent off after 7 p.m. By Design is hosting raffles for a free pant hem and a $25 gift certificate towards alterations, and they will also have free refreshments available. Alton Flea Market will have $10 off a $50 purchase (excluding some vendors). Moon Drops + Wellness will have CBD seltzer samples + 20 percent off all Moon Drops Products and merchandise.

For more information on ways that Jacoby Arts Center is working to engage imaginations and enrich lives, visit www.jacobyartscenter.org.

For more information on the many ways that Alton Main Street is working to enhance and promote Alton’s historic downtown district, visit www.DowntownAlton.com

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