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Baldwinsville business district presents Springtime in the Village

Get ready for Springtime in the Village.

From noon to 4 p.m. Sunday April 3, the merchant group of Baldwinsville encourages the public to stroll through downtown Baldwinsville and visit the various businesses located in the business district.

"We had a tremendously successful Au' Chocolat event this past November that brought an amazing amount of people out to the village," said Stephanie Boivin, one of the organizers for Springtime in the Village. "Over the past few months, customers have continued to ask when we were all going to host something again."

In November, the merchant group organized Au' Chocolat, a chocolate shopping event in which customers sampled a different piece of chocolate at every participating business.

"[Springtime in the Village] will be a unique day out to kick-off spring. There is no doubt we all are craving warmer weather, so what better way to do this while strolling through the village of Baldwinsville," Boivin asked.

In an effort to promote specialty shopping, eateries, salons and the various other businesses in Baldwinsville, this event is designed to make the consumer aware of what the village offers compared with big named stores.

"We believe that an event like this will spearhead a continuing interest in what businesses in our village have to offer. Rather than the mentality that shoppers must go to malls or chain stores to meet all of their shopping needs, they now realize the uniqueness and incredible opportunity to stay closer to home," said Boivin, who owns Sissy's in the village.

According to Boivin, this event promises a unique experience like Au' Chocolat.

"We hope [participants] enjoy a day out filled with socializing and discover that our village offers a warm and inviting atmosphere for people to enjoy. Each place has their own individual style to offer something for everyone," Boivin said. "We truly look forward to the coming event and, while it may not be the chocolate being served at Au' chocolat in November, wonder what will be up our sleeve this time."

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