Joi Kempf, owner of Kempf’s Imlay City Florist, welcomes customers Joanne Stewart, Vera Bolday and Veronica Stanley during DDA Recipe Walk Saturday. photo by Tom Wearing.
February 11, 2009
IMLAY CITY — Dozens of winter-weary residents came out of hibernation Saturday to join in the 2009 Recipe Walk downtown, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority. Warmer temperatures and some brief appearances by the sun were welcome news to organizers, businesses and walkers.
More than 25 stores and businesses participated in the annual fundraiser, whose purpose was to give a boost to downtown businesses. Many businesses reported a steady flow of customers Saturday, the bulk of them seeking to collect coupons redeemable toward the $5 purchase price of a new cookbook. Others lingered to try out food samples and to purchase goods.
"That's really the goal of this event," said DDA Director Nancy Jean Brinker, "to get people into our downtown businesses. It was also nice that we had good weather. That was a big help."
Brinker said response to this year's event has been positive.
"I've heard some really good comments from people," she said. "A few told me it was the first time they'd been in some of the stores."
Brinker noted that everyone she talked to enjoyed the multitude of recipes and the improved appearance of the latest recipe book. With 118 cookbooks already sold, she estimated that total sales will top all previous years.
"I want to thank All The Best Bridal (200 E. Third St.) for donating its facility for our vendor's station," said Brinker. "I also appreciate the efforts of our recipe committee, our business owners and the community for supporting this event."
For more information or to purchase a 2009 cookbook, call Nancy Jean Brinker at 810-724-2135.