Our city sidewalks will be busy sidewalks (at least the one along Grand River) this Thursday, Dec. 11 for the Grand River Winter Walk. Come shop, stroll and snack along Grand River from 5-9pm.  Several vendors will be at Always Brewing Detroit, 19180 Grand River, offering a wonderful variety of locally made gifts.  Lilacpop Art Studio has an interesting selection of original photographs and jewelry hand made from vintage machine parts. You can check out the Lilacpop website HERE.  One of Grandmont Rosedale’s pop-up businesses, Car-Go Paint will be there, offering an opportunity to try your hand at painting. You can check out Car-Go Paint’s many great painting ideas on their Facebook page HERE.  If you have a reader on your holiday shopping list, Pages on Livernois will be there with some really terrific titles. Check out the Pages on Livernois website HERE.  If you want to pamper a loved one or yourself this season, Madicents is offering a wonderful array of handmade, organic bath and body products.

As every holiday shopper knows, shopping is most fun when it’s accompanied by holiday music.  Allye Gaietto with her keyboard and beautiful voice, is just one of the musicians who will be at the Grand River Winter Walk.  For those of you who have attended Always Brewing’s Open Mic Nights, you might recognize some other musicians this Thursday as well.  Those of you who attended the Pancake Breakfast at the Community House last weekend might also recognize some of the carolers who agreed to share their holiday cheer.  Just a couple of doors down at the Grand River WorkPlace, 19120 Grand River, you will find even more vendors offering more ways to check people off your holiday shopping list.  Grandmont resident Yvette Jenkins’ Love Travels Imports will be open.  Yvette’s selection of fair trade, imported and beautiful clothing and accessories is sure to make anyone happy.  Check out the Love Travels Imports website HERE.  Garden Harvest and Mary Kay will be at the WorkPlace too offering soaps and beauty products.  You could also find the perfect gift at Natural Market which sells all natural candles and organic body sprays. Cutie Cards might just have the boxed holiday cards you’ve been looking for, and for your sweet tooth, there will be organic jams by BerSaiga Jam ‘n Sisters.  Yum!

Come to the Grand River Winter Walk hungry because there will be a couple of food trucks at the Winter Walk with some delicious choices. Esto’s Garage will be on hand offering delicious Mexican food.  Chicken Coupe will be there too with white bean chili, chicken and waffles, and coupe cones (a waffle cone stuffed with shredded barbeque chicken, shoestring fries, and slaw – all homemade).  You can get a mouth-watering head start by checking out Esto’s Facebook page HERE and Chicken Coupe’s website HERE

So round up your friends and neighbors, Grandmont Rosedale, and stroll on over this Thursday evening to the Grand River Winter Walk.  Your support is a gift to both the people on your list and to your local business community!