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August First Friday

Sidewalks Sales Downtown this Friday

DOVER, DE August 4, 2020. Stalwart downtown merchants are pressing on with First Friday’s as they round out a challenging spring and summer season in downtown due to COVID.  Musician buskers continue to support merchants by playing outside shops, creating an enjoyable ambiance downtown while freeing up valuable indoor shop space and allowing shoppers plenty of room to browse.  Participating shops will be open until 7 p.m. this Friday, with sidewalk sales 4-7 p.m.

The Downtown Dover Partnership (DDP) Merchants Committee provides programming for this relaxed Friday evening experience with outdoor musicians lined up at retailers and restaurants.  “Value-added” will come in the way of a storefront sidewalk sale featuring special sales and promotions. House of Coffi will be set up outdoors alongside singer and guitarist Danielle and Michael Lundin selling fresh fruit smoothies, and customers will find cold refreshing drinks available while they are waiting for their orders at BnL on S. Governors Ave.  Clearance and sales racks will feature clothing, jewelry, household items, vape goods, and even sorority and fraternity merchandise with special promotional pricing.

The next several  months will be themed First Fridays, with September beginning to incorporate poetry, outdoor painting in October, and a special holiday kick-off for all ages planned for November with the Christmas Cartoon Trio at the Schwartz Center.  All venues support social distancing requirements and masks must be worn according to State of Delaware procedures. Activities, performers, and venues may vary.

Community members are encouraged to request the new “Capital Key” card and key fob to unlock value while shopping in downtown Dover.  The program features specials and promotions in many downtown shops, not only this weekend but throughout the year, keeping the program “evergreen.”  Examples include: free dessert with purchase of an entrée at 33 West (indoor dining); 10% off at Forney’s Too Ltd., That Ish Boutique, SoZo, The Wedding Boutique, and My Roots (see details); and a mani-pedi for $40 at Parris Nail Lounge (certain days apply.) Pick up your card at participating shops, at the DDP headquarters at 101 W. Loockerman Street in the Cendel Office building and, or request it to be mailed via  Details of all promotional offers may also be found at that website.

Below are participating stores, restaurants, and entertainment offerings from 4-7 p.m. with some venues to be open later than 7 p.m.:


  • House of Coffi, singer/guitarist Danielle & Michael Lundin 
  • Maxine’s Fashions, saxophonist Welsey Melvin
  • My Roots, saxophonist Grady O’Connor
  • Parke Green Galleries, keyboardist Samuel Mace and singer Rashawn King  
  • That Ish Boutique, guitarist William Thomas Moore Bentley 
  • Tina’s Timeless Threads, and nearby Puffster and SoZo, singer/guitarist Earl Reed 
  • Zuha Trend, guitarist Luis Figueroa


  • 33 West, singer/guitarist, Mike Miller 
  • BnL restaurant, singer/guitarist Rick Hudson 
  • Grey Fox, guitarist/singer Darren O’Neil

First Friday is produced by the Downtown Dover Partnership with portions of the program provided by a generous grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. 

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