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The Weekender

Whether you're planning date night or pizza night, we've got the goods on what's showing at the movies, live music, outdoor recreation, town festivals and more right here. Flag as Inappropriate

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Sandra Levin June 21, 2014 at 02:38 pm
We stopped bringing our mascots out to the Strawberry Festival to give free passes to the kids whenRead More management told us we had to rent a booth in order to be there, not even share a booth with another business to help keep the cost down. After all, we weren't selling anything just handing out free skate passes.
Craig Doherty June 23, 2014 at 08:16 am
What a bunch of whiners. If you don't want to go, then DON'T GO. If you want to support localRead More businesses in Long Grove, you can go there all year long and do so. Almost every community fest, street fair/festival, etc. now have entry fees to cover costs of extra security, music, etc. If you don't want to deal with the crowds, the parking, or the vendors, go there and support the community at another time. Giving away free passes to a skate rink is a marketing tool for the skate rink so yes, you are selling something even if you're collecting down the line when you get repeat visits without passes. Festivals are a marketing tool for the village. People are drawn to the festival by the theme that may never have come to Long Grove before and they inevitably will browse through and support the local businesses even if some outside vendors are brought in for a weekend and they're likely to come back at other times to shop again. For some of the self-proclaimed marketing experts out there, you might consider that Long Grove is not a town you stumble onto or happen to drive through to find its charm. It needs tourist draws to bring people in to discover it and foster business for other times of the year. We live less than 2 miles away and likely wouldn't have known about it for much longer if it weren't for the chocolate festival and strawberry festival. The only time I've ever ended up in Long Grove without specifically going there for dinner or shopping is when I took a wrong turn. Take your precious $5 and go to a local farmer's market and get a quart of strawberries and visit Long Grove some other time of the year when you're likely to be one of the few visitors to the boutique shops.
FairyMay9 June 23, 2014 at 10:01 am
No, I respectfully disagree with you. Historic Downtown Long Grove speaks for itself and has forRead More decades. The place has been run into the ground, and the fact that so many non-local vendors are necessary speaks to what has happened to the place. I also disagree that almost every community charges for their fairs. That's just inaccurate. I hear what you're saying, if we want to support the local businesses, we should just go do it. I gladly would, because that I agree with completely. We should put our money where our mouths are and support them. But how can we do that if the stores we patronize can't sustain themselves and close their doors. Not one or two. It's double digits. The place is a ghost town, even on the weekends, which is insane.
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