Enterprise Businesses Welcome Customers to “Back To School Bash”

sign of Enterprise's Back to school bash
sign of Enterprise's Back to school bash(Nick Brooks)
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 3:04 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The city of Enterprise and Downtown Enterprise is kicking off its 3rd Annual Back to School Bash Friday afternoon ahead of the state’s tax free weekend.

The event is being held downtown from 4:30pm to 9pm. Business owners have been busy preparing for the bash all week.

Live music, some pop up events, and sales are all on tap for the night. It’s all being used to encourage customers to shop local—and help the stores who have faced hardships during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We really need local support. Covid-19 hit the small businesses pretty badly starting in mid-March and us included,” local teacher and co-owner of Style ASAP Boutique said.

Stores are extending their hours Friday afternoon, giving people more time to purchase clothes, backpacks and other school needed items—without paying the state’s 4% sales tax. Stores are also having their own sales to help parents and students save money.

“We’ve got six, $10 racks, 20% off backpacks, we’ve got water bottle covers so you can identify your own individual water bottle because everybody is bringing their own water bottle to school,” Underwood said.

Some shops are offering giveaways, door prizes and other discounts.

“It gives everyone a chance to get a bang up on getting school supplies and clothes and everything needed to get back to school,” Kim Owens of Simply South Boutique said.

You can also expect extra precautions to keep you safe while shopping..

“The stores are working very hard to really follow the social distancing guidelines. They’re going to have their masks on, they’ve been cleaning very regularly,” Main Street Director Cassidi Kendrick said.

“We are wiping down, we are steaming our clothes after you try them on. We have Germ-X, we are spraying with Lysol,” Underwood said.

The Enterprise Public Library is also having an event, featuring several local organizations that offer after-school activities for students.

The state’s tax free weekend ends Sunday.

For a full list of tax free items, you can click here.

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