Sidewalk Sales coming to downtown Sault this weekend

SAULT STE. MARIE — More than 20 businesses in downtown Sault Ste. Marie are teaming up this weekend to bring Sidewalk Sales to the Soo.

Sidewalk Sales is an annual event in downtown Sault Ste. Marie that has been going on for several decades. The summer vendor event, which is normally funded by and organized by the city’s Downtown Development Authority, often contains bounce houses, sprinkler pads, dunk tanks and other family activities.

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Since the arrest of former DDA Director Tony Cutler in May, which occurred around the same time that planning and organizing for the sale was supposed to begin, the downtown businesses have been organizing the event themselves.

According to Danna Sanderson, owner of downtown boutique store The Foundry, after Cutler’s arrest, the businesses needed a “champion” volunteer to coordinate with the DDA if the event was to continue being organized by the DDA. Since no business owner could take up this role, the businesses decided to host the event without the help of the DDA this year.

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