Free parking encourages shoppers to head downtown

The city of Bowling Green will be offering free parking in all parking lots throughout the month of December. This has been a long standing tradition that serves as a convenience for visitors and shoppers in the downtown area.

“We try to get people and get the city as friendly as possible for the holidays,” said Assistant Municipal Administrator Joe Fawcett. No meter fees will be charged in any parking lots, however visitors will have to pay on street meters if they choose to park on the street. In addition, other regulations will be enforced such as the two hour parking limit, handicapped spaces and no parking on the street between the hours of three to five a.m. Since no parking lot meter fees will be charged there will be slight financial implications on the city but they are not concerned.

“It’s important for us to do this small thing to give back to people,” said Fawcett. There are many stores downtown for visitors or students who are looking to get some holiday shopping done before they go home for break. Mode Elle is a boutique on the corner of East Wooster and North Main Street.

Their mission statement is, “Our main mission is to provide on trend and unique styles for our fashionistas while keeping their pocketbooks in mind!” The store has been around since July 2016 and offers contemporary women’s fashion.

Another boutique in the downtown area is The Farm Girls Vintage Boutique. This shop has “vintage inspired home decor and gifts” which include jewelry, accessories, home decorations, soaps, furniture and paints. Other nearby gift shops include For Keeps Gifts and Calico, Sage & Thyme. Both of these shops carry accessories, baby gifts, bath and body products and home decor.

Ben Franklin and Busy Thimble are both craft shops off of South Main Street. Ben Franklin offers toys, art supplies, frames, candies and flowers. Busy Thimble has products that are used for quilting, sewing and embroidering such as fabric, yarn, threads and needles. Finders Records is an independent vinyl and music shop that has been around since 1971.

The store carries CDs, vinyl records and DVDs.

A press release by the city of Bowling Green stated, “The mayor encourages business, proprietors, and persons working in the downtown to share rides and park in long term parking spaces to allow parking turnover for those shopping and/or dining in the downtown.” With this great deal and all of these great shops, there’s no reason not to head downtown for all holiday shopping needs.