GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The annual Shop Hop event in the city's Uptown district is still happening this year despite the pandemic, with some changes to help keep everyone safe.
The event, which spans the first 3 Thursdays in December, has been going on for nearly 20 years now. Of course, COVID-19 has forced some adjustments.
“It's always such a magical night," said Jason Kakabaker, co-owner of Cakabakery.
“People are so excited to get out and about, be safe still, have some fun with your bubble, your group... I think it's going to be a huge turnout.”
The Uptown district consists of East Fulton, Cherry, Wealthy and Eastown. Businesses throughout will offer extended hours and special deals.
“Any time you're able to spend a dollar locally, much more of that dollar stays here in your community than it does when you shop online or with big box stores," said Margaret Kleist, owner of Blue Bridge Games.
"So really by spending your dollars locally, you’re investing in your neighborhoods, investing in your local shops and schools.“
You will find all sorts of holiday surprises as you stroll the area. Singing Strobel Grams, 2 brothers from Grand Rapids, have been making their way through the Uptown district singing Christmas carols, delighting customers, and raising money for college along the way.
You can find out more about the 2020 Uptown Shop Hop at their website.
There is more information about the Singing Strobel Grams brothers at their Facebook page.
And for information on businesses throughout West Michigan that are keeping their doors open, you can check out the FOX 17 We're Open for the Holidays West Michican map.