Retail event aims to light up lives

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A Gore business owner has created an event to shine some light amid the dark winter evenings.

Oui Oui owner Jacqui McKinney is behind next week’s event “Let’s Light Up Gore”.

The event would involve retailers lighting up their front windows for a week to lift the town’s spirits.

“It’s to say thank you to our town,” Mrs McKinney said.

“They’ve been very good at supporting local.

“People can use Christmas lights or .. fairy lights.

“Our window will be very bright.”

The highlight of the week would be a night of late-night shopping on Thursday, July 30.

Participating shops would be open until about 8pm.

Parking would be free to make things easier for those keen to come along.

Oui Oui would have nibbles for hungry customers.

Gore was well catered to with its range of shops, she said.

“Covid made people appreciate what we have in Gore.”

She had encouraged other retailers to get involved and had had a good response.

“We’re hoping for a positive result.”

The event would be similar to the late-night shopping retailers held in November.

“In winter there’s not many fun things. It’ll create a good positive vibe.”

People would be able to make a night of it by tacking on a meal or a movie, she said.

Entertainment would also be provided by buskers on the evening.

“A buskers’ competition will run .. with a $1200 prize pool, thanks to Bayleys Gore, MLT and Oui Oui.

“It’s a good way to get people into town. It’s a good way to bring people together.”