On Sept. 28 and 29, the city of Aspen will be pushing aside many of its outdoor vending rules in the downtown core.
This end-of-season sidewalk sale will give businesses a chance to clear out some leftover, seasonal items.
“We’re not really worried about aesthetics for a couple of days,” said Jim Pomeroy, code enforcer for the Community Development Department. “The idea is to just promote businesses.”
The event hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. If the event has a positive impact, the city will look into expanding those times next year.
During the same weekend, Aspen Skiing Co. is holding The Meeting, an annual snow-sports film festival, in Wagner Park. Pomeroy regarded it as a great opportunity for retail and restaurant businesses to boost sales during the beginning of the offseason.
“We’re hoping it’s going to be a fun weekend,” Pomeroy said. “The more (businesses) that participate, the more fun it will be.”
The city has laid out a few guidelines for the event:
As always, unlicensed, short-term food vendors or peddlers are not allowed.
If you are serving food, have a trash can or other trash disposal in place.
Liquor sales are not to be sold beyond already-approved locations.
Proper Americans With Disabilities Act and firetruck-accessibility rules will be in place on the malls and sidewalks.
For any business giving or selling food, there is a separate list of rules administered by the city’s Environmental Health Department. These vendors must meet with Rachel Burmeister by Sept. 20. She can be reached at 970-920-5075 or email@example.com.
Regular retail rules will be back in effect Monday morning.
Any general questions about the event should be directed to Jim Pomeroy at 970-429-2745 or jim.pomeroy@cityof aspen.com.