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Visalia downtown pairs well with wine

Visalia downtown pairs well with wine

Downtown Visalians hold 8th annual Wine Walk from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 2

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VISALIA – The City of Visalia has a vision to transform Main Street east of Santa Fe into a destination where people can walk up and down east downtown sampling the best craft beer and boutique wine the Valley has to offer.

Downtown merchants ask, why wait to create an industry when all you have to do is add wine to a downtown already flowing with businesses that attract people to Main Street.

The Downtown Visalians will hold its 8th annual Downtown Visalia Wine Walk on April 2. Come experience the beauty and elegance of downtown while tasting decadent wines at over 30 locations. Your $45  passport will get you into each location where they will have a variety of wines for you to try in your signature, souvenir wine glass, as well as food pairings that go great with each selection.

There will also be live entertainment as you stroll from stop to stop by live bands throughout the area. While you’re at each location, shop around as businesses offer great deals and the latest and greatest products. 

“Our boutiques, salons, fitness studios, and offices are so excited to welcome you to experience this fun-filled night with them,” said Blaire Bostwick, spokesperson for Downtown Visalians. 

This year’s sponsors include Avedian Properties, Central Valley Community Bank, and Downtown Rookies! For tickets, contact Blaire Bostwick with the Downtown Visalians by calling 559-732-7737 or emailing info@downtownvisalia.com. Check in begins at 4:30 p.m. at the Visalia Fox Theater and the event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. 

Formed in 1963 by a group of merchants whose goal was to keep Downtown Visalia healthy and vibrant, Visalians Inc., or Downtown Visalians encompasses about 72 square blocks of downtown. 1963 marked the beginning of the chain stores fleeing from city centers to mall locations in towns all over California. Visalia’s downtown lost J.C. Penney, J.J. Newberry, Sears, Montgomery Ward and Woolworth stores.

In response to this trend, Downtown Visalians threw themselves into promoting downtown. Because of this early and steadfast commitment of these merchants, Visalia is one of the most successful downtowns of its size in California. For more information visit downtownvisalia.com. 

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