Starting Monday, Franklin Street will be filled with fries, rides, games, and people. For this reason, businesses along the route have a choice: stay open or closed for the week.
For Franklin Street Boutique Lili Lu’s Designs, the fall festival is the perfect opportunity to attract new customers, so that their doors stay open.
âWe just think it’s nice to be here, let people know we’re here. When they come in they can see what we have, we tell them everything we do, because sometimes looking out the window you don’t know. Then we usually close early because it gets very crowded, âsays owner Anita Campbell.
Lili Lu’s will be open this year from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and closed on Saturdays.
âWe get a lot of people who have never been there, you know, for the first time. In fact, we have been here for 5 years in January. So, there are still people who don’t know that we are here and we always welcome them. It’s just a lot of fun, âsays Campbell.
Just down the street from Lili Lu is Thomas’s Shoes.
Thomas’s Shoes is generally open during the Fall Festival, but will close this year for the first time in 31 years.
Tom Antes and his wife own the shoe store. Tom is also a member of the West Side Nut Club and is excited to be able to reduce his responsibilities for the week.
âIt’s a whole new experience for me not to have to worry about that and spend more time there, but I think it’s going to be more exciting to be able to do more stuff, you know. Help as much as you can, âsays Antes.
Thomas’s Shoes will be operational again on October 10, when the Fall Festival is over.
The festival starts with the children’s rides on Sunday, then everything else will be put together and ready for Monday.