Sidewalk sale all day

By Nikki Blankenship -

Main Street Portsmouth is excited to invite the community out Saturday for a day of sidewalk shopping and enjoying a summer down in the City’s downtown.

“The downtown sidewalk sales used to be days of shopping that were loved so much that they are still talked about today,” Main Street Executive Director Joseph Pratt stated. “Since downtown is going through a renaissance of growth and development, as well as growing to closer full capacity, we wanted to bring it back and get people talking again. We opened the event to regional businesses to showcase products, offer discounts, and more. We hope to have an event that only grows.”

Throughout the day, downtown shops and eateries will be open for business, and some are even offering giveaways and free samples.

“This day combines a celebration of sauntering day and sidewalk sales, inviting people to stroll Second Street, and grab lunch or dinner at one of our new restaurants,” Pratt commented.

Main Street hopes the event will turn into a day of fun bringing people together annually.

“This year is the founding year of an event we will make annual next year,” Pratt said. “We hope to grow it to a major shopping day with dozens of vendors in the street, every downtown shop open and outdoors, games, train rides and more.”

Anna Johnson, with Ruthann Brush Reality, explained that she and Sean Boldman, who is with American Family Insurance, will co-host the event. Johnson says she knows several businesses will be participating.

“Kevin Smith from US Bank will be there and Misty from Desco will be there, as well” she commented. “Also, MJ Brickey, who is a native whom wrote a book called Max Impact about the lone survivor Jonathan Godfrey, will be there. She has been known locally for her writings, and will be there signing her book.”

In addition to being a novelist, Brickey is also an AP award winning journalist and columnist, the co-owner and director of Public Relations of Vision Communication, former editor of Ncommon Magazine, former digital editor for, and a former editor of the Hartshorne Sun.

Church groups will also be out for the day doing face painting and other activities.

“We all collectively will be holding a raffle, where people donate for a face painting a bottle of water or a snack in the proceeds will go to a local charity,” Johnson added.

For more information or to stay up-to-date on events in Portsmouth, visit the Main Street Portsmouth Facebook page or website at

By Nikki Blankenship

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.