Aspen to hold end-of-season sidewalk sale
The Aspen Times
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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During what turned into a 30-minute conversation that got heated Tuesday night, Aspen Mayor Torre voiced his frustration with the city manager’s office in not putting together a community event sooner than the first of the year, while Councilwoman Rachel Richards said some of the mayor’s frustrations and comments were “unfounded.”