The summer of '69 inspired many things. People strove to live freely, value peace and love over material possessions and buy their first real six string at a five-and-dime. Wait, that last one might have just been Brian Adams. In any case, that time in counterculture history serves as the inspiration for the South Park Walkabout, Summer of Love edition, happening on Saturday, July 14. The seasonal event pays homage to that era as neighborhood shops and businesses stay open late to offer killer deals and other special events from 6 to 10 p.m. Seeing as this is the shopping blog, here's what the South Park boutiques will be doing that evening.
Mythology Eco-boutique (2365 30th St.) will offer 50 percent off a large selection of their eco-friendly clothing and accessories, including organic cotton tees, adorable onesies screenprinted with fun and quirky designs and vegan accessories. Hippies rejoice!
The indie-brand fans at Graffiti Beach (2220 Fern St.) welcome artist Alex Chimilio, who will display his hand-painted surfboards and skateboards. Designer Brandie Mata will also stop buy to hold a trunk show of her candles and prints. The shop will also have items on sale. Make sure you hit up the women's jewelry section. There are some great, unique baubles available.
Bad Madge & Company (2205 Fern St.), Junc Life & Style (2209 Fern St.) and Make Good (2207 Fern St.) will team up to screen the classic documentary, Woodstock: Three Days of Peace and Music on the grassy outdoor lot right next to the shops at 8:30 p.m. They'll have lemonade, ice tea and popcorn for sale to benefit Stepping Stone, a substance-abuse treatment center. Make sure to stop in the shops for cool vintage finds, local handmade goods and indie labels.
This one is for the fellas: Crow Thief (3009 Grape St.), which features handcrafted menswear by Melissa Hendrix-Lawson, is in the business of making men look dapper in custom-made and one-of-a-kind pieces. Some of their merchandise will be on sale. Take advantage.
Happy shopping! And, make love, not war!