FRENCHTOWN – The rest of the United States will find out what Central Jersey already knows – Frenchtown is one of the best weekend destinations for small-town shopping in the country.
The city on the Delaware River was nominated by USA Today as one of 19 nominees for “Best Small Town to Shop” in the United States.
“We are very honored that Frenchtown has been nominated as ‘Best Small Town for Shopping’ by USA Today,” said Mayor Brad Myhre. “Frenchtown is a special place and the success of our downtown is due in large part to the innovation, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of our small business owners.”
It hasn’t been easy, the mayor said.
“At a time when retail establishments are facing unprecedented challenges due to closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing presence of e-commerce, Frenchtown business owners continue to offer a unique and memorable shopping experience that continues to draw people to our downtown,” said Myhre.
The winner will be designated by online voting. Frenchtown was in third place at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Voting closes Monday, June 6. Votes can be cast daily, once per day. The results will be announced on Friday, June 17.
The city faces fierce competition from its downstream neighbor, New Hope, and Cape May.
Other nominees for the title are Aspen, Colorado; Camden, Me.; Carmel by the Sea, California; Sorrow Falls, Ohio; Dahlonega, Georgia; Healdsburg, California; Highlands, North Carolina; Lahainia, Hi.; Mendocino, California; Montpelier, Vermont; Paia, Hi.; Rhinebeck, NY; Saugerties, NY; Sedona, Az. ; St. Michaels, Md., and Sun Valley, Idaho.
The appointment is part of Hunterdon County’s campaign to increase tourism.
“Hunterdon County invites everyone to explore the other side of Jersey this summer season,” said Marc Saluk, Hunterdon County Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “Discover the county’s scenic and pristine countryside, unique agritourism, charming villages and town centers, affluent, historic sites and beverage tourism.”
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