#ShopHillsboro Starts With Mardi Gras

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Hillsboro merchants have a day-full of fun planned with their first #ShopHillsboro Mardi Gras Spree, planned for Saturday, Feb. 22.

The event is promoted by The Journal-News in cooperation with Imagine Hillsboro and the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

Those planning to celebrate #ShopHillsboro Mardi Gras Spree had better visit The Holiday Shop downtown first to pick up feather boas, masks and beads from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food and drinks? You bet! Street Eats at Sweet Addictions will be serving jambalaya, Cajun burgers and Cajun fries, and Sage on Sage will have king cake along with a special Mardi gras tea of the week.  

That’s not the only place for special drinks.  Black Rabbit Coffee is brewing a special chicory coffee from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Courthouse Pub has planned Mardi gras drink specials including $5 peach hurricanes, and the Mardi gras party at Opera House Brewing Company runs from 5-11 p.m.  

Those whose tastes run even farther south than New Orleans can visit Lomas Del Sol, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for lunch or supper.

Participating merchants adding to the Mardi gras spree are The Refinery, Nzuri Boutique, Sullivan’s, The Dressing Room, and Diamonds and Dogs with 25 percent off all jewelry purchased on Saturday, Feb. 22.

“There is so much going on in Hillsboro right now that we just want to take every opportunity to promote it–and enjoy it,” Journal-News publisher Mike Plunkett said.  “When we started talking about ideas, our friends at Imagine Hillsboro and the Hillsboro Chamber were eager to help, and our energetic merchants came up with lots of clever ways to participate.”

The #ShopHillsboro Spree theme was the idea of Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kaitlyn Fath.

“The chamber of commerce encourages #ShopHillsboro Spree participants to utilize the hashtag on social media,” Fath said. 

“Building an online presence for Hillsboro is pertinent in our and the city’s efforts to market and advertise Hillsboro businesses.”

To support the effort, the chamber will be sponsoring a monthly drawing for those who attend the #ShopHillsboro Spree and post on social media. To enter, post a photo of items bought during a #ShopHillsboro event on social media using the #ShopHillsboro hashtag, and tag The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce. The winner of the drawing will receive $25 Chamber Bucks plus a free gift. Those interested in sponsoring the monthly giveaway free gift may contact  Fath at 217-532-3711. 

Future events are still in the works, but theme possibilities include Easter, Halloween, Moonlight Madness, and perhaps even one in honor of “Talk Like a Pirate Day.”

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