Washington store owners say Peoria Shops Washington weekend is off to great start

By WEEK Producer

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 12, 2014 at 9:14 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Washington Square was buzzing with life Friday with people enjoying the weather and spending their dollars at local shops.

10AM Friday morning than 50 local businesses in Washington opened their doors with an especially warm welcome for Peoria residents. This weekend is Peoria Shops Washington--a three day shopping extravaganza--where many local shops are dishing out special deals to bring life back to their stores.

Some shop owners say it seems to be working.

"It's way more than a usual Friday, so I'm curious what it will be like this weekend, but yeah, lots of people," said Shears co-owner Stacy Glass.

"I want everyone to shop Washington. I shop Washington all the time, and people don't realize the difference that you can make in sales tax just by spending a couple dollars," said Washington Chamber of Commerce director Chevie Ruder.

Peoria residents who wear orange and have proof of Peoria residency will automatically get discounts in most participating stores.

The event will continue Saturday April 12 and Monday April 14. For more information about the times and locations visit:

http://www.peoriachamber.org/pages/PeoriaShopsWashingtonApril111214

CityLink will be providing a bus for shoppers on Saturday, April 12. The bus will be departing from the Riverfront Clock Tower in front of the Spirit of Peoria at 10 am, stopping at Cherry Tree Shopping Center, Valley Forge Shopping Plaza, and Washington Square. The bus will return to Peoria at 3 pm.