Georgetown shops to celebrate ‘Independents Day’

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M Street NW is a main component of Georgetown's shopping district. (Brian Kapur/The Current/January 2016)

About three dozen Georgetown merchants will celebrate “Independents Day” on Saturday, offering special sales and festivities to highlight independently owned businesses in the historic neighborhood.

“Independent small businesses are what make Georgetown’s commercial district unique,” Nancy Miyahira of the Georgetown Business Improvement District said in a news release. The business district organization planned the July 1 activities.

Saturday’s event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., during which shoppers can receive a free Scout bag for a purchase of $50 or more at a participating store; enter to win prizes; sample complimentary prosecco at Ristorante Piccolo; and browse sales at Sports Zone Elite, Hela Medical Spa, Hinckley Pottery and other participating retailers. Local musicians such as Emma G, Brass Connection Band, Vasili Frankos and the Puro Gusto Band will perform on Georgetown’s sidewalks and street corners.