The Nokomis East community is lucky to be home to so many businesses, both storefront and home-based. Some are new additions who have recently opened their doors, but others have called the neighborhood home for decades. Thanks to those businesses with the deepest roots in the community, we learned about a much-loved tradition from the past: Crazy Days.
You may be familiar with the annual Nokomis Shoe Shop Sidewalk Sale, which happens every year over the first weekend in August. However, 30 plus years ago, businesses all along 34th Ave. used to hold festivities at the same time. The goal? Drawing people into the neighborhood for a Crazy Days event to celebrate the vibrant nature of Nokomis East.
Nokomis Shoe Shop has continued the Crazy Days legacy every year with their annual sidewalk sale. But, this August, businesses all over Nokomis East will be joining them for the first time in 30 years to revive this beloved tradition.
Crazy Days plans are still being finalized, but we’ll have something for everyone in every corner of Nokomis East, whether you want to:
• Spend time by the lake
• Shop sidewalk sales on 34th Ave.
• Learn more about the businesses in your backyard
• Attend parking lot parties and specialty events
And the best part? You’ll have all weekend long to enjoy the fun! Watch for a detailed list, schedule, and map of our Crazy Days events to come in July.
Are you a storefront or home-based business? How about an artist, service organization, or faith-based group? If you’re in the Nokomis East neighborhood, you’re welcome to participate in Crazy Days. We’re also looking for volunteers to help bring this beloved tradition back to the community.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about NEBA and our Crazy Days event. We look forward to seeing you Aug. 6-8!
Heidi Van Heel is co-chair of NEBA.