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Green new look for Argent St

Wednesday, 19th February, 2020

Sitting Bull’s Rosie Siemer and The Lollipop Tree’s Michelle McLachlan showcase their green St Pat’s shirts in an effort to get residents to shop locally for the popular annual races. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson Sitting Bull’s Rosie Siemer and The Lollipop Tree’s Michelle McLachlan showcase their green St Pat’s shirts in an effort to get residents to shop locally for the popular annual races. PICTURE: Emily Ferguson

By Emily Ferguson

Argent Street traders are banding together to ‘Paint the Town Green’ ahead of the ever popular St Pat’s race in a bid to get locals to shop locally for the event. 

Sitting Bull owner, Rosie Siemer, said the campaign was a way to encourage local shopping and lift the spirits in the community.

“We’re just trying to lift the mood in town a little bit, try and get a bit excited about something,” Rose said.

“We wanted to encourage shoppers to buy their St Pat’s outfits and things in town, keep their money a bit local and we thought if we get in nice and early we might get in before they start their online shopping.

“The campaign is all the shops getting together and doing the window displays and we’ll be wearing the green tops. 

“St Pat’s have done a deal with us for anyone who owns or works in a business. They can purchase the tops for $10, so hopefully we’ll all be wearing green and have green window displays.” 

Rosie believes St Pat’s is so popular because it’s such an appealing event. 

“St Pat’s is just exciting, it brings a lot of people into the town, it gives everyone something to look forward to after the hotter months because they get everyone down a bit. 

“So it’s the end of the heat, the end of the dust storms - just something exciting to look forward to.”

People can get involved in Painting the Town Green by visiting local stores and going to their events.

“We’ve got a shopping night Wednesday night, an exclusive St Pat’s shopping night which will be open from 5.30pm to 7.30pm down the street. 

“There are many shops involved and it would be great to have everyone come down and support it, even if they don’t buy, just come down and have a look around and get in on the action,” she said. 

“St Pat’s have supported us in trying to get the window displays done for their competition and basically the shops are all trying to get together, work together to uplift the town and do things in the town,” said Rosie. 

“We don’t decorate the street anymore. Council used to so I think the shops are trying to step in a little bit there and lift morale within the town.”

 

WHAT: St Pat’s Shopping Night

WHEN: Tonight, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

WHERE: Argent Street

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