“I hope it brings a little more business to Main and High Streets,” said Bill Herren, who owns the record store with his sons. “Maybe bring some people in to our store who see we let people in with a beer in their hand.”
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He was a bit uncomfortable with the idea of the program when he first heard about it.
“I thought you’d be having people running up and down, stumbling around, but you know, that’s the type that’s going to be doing it anyway,” he said.
But the more he read about it, the more comfortable he felt.
“I think anything that helps businesses out, that brings more people to downtown and hopefully here to Main Street, I think that’s a big plus for the city, not just a certain store,” he said.
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Specially-printed DORA cups will cost $1 at most businesses. Participants must remain within designated drinking areas, which are marked by signs, in the downtown, Main Street and German Village areas.
Some of the establishments that are participating include: Municipal Brew Works; Basil 1791; Plaza One Grille; Quarter Barrel Brewery & Pub; and Richard’s Pizza.
Pending establishments include Neal’s BBQ and North Second Tap & Bottle Shop. Two other organizations, Fitton Center for Creative Arts and Monkey’s Mutual Aid Society, will sometimes participate during special events that will be posted.