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'First Friday' Keeps Downtown Morgantown Open Late

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MORGANTOWN -

Downtown Morgantown stayed open a bit later than usual Friday night for shopping, music and fun, for the inaugural First Friday.

First Friday is a new program, organized by Main Street Morgantown, where some downtown businesses stay open late, inviting the public to come in and shop.

"People can have dinner, and have a little extra time to shop. Also there's going to be music. It's going to be like a party downtown," said Linda Snyder, owner of the Elegant Alley Cat, a small business in downtown Morgantown.

Main Street Morgantown, a downtown revitalization group, asked business to keep their doors open until 8 p.m., giving shoppers a chance to enjoy all of what downtown has to offer.

"We're looking to increase foot traffic downtown on a Friday evening, and I think we've met our goal this evening," said Terri Cutright executive director of Main Street Morgantown.

Around 15 stores stayed open on this inaugural First Friday.

Musical performances lined the sidewalks giving shoppers a fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

"Just to have that whole street-animation is just a whole part of something like this, and particularly when you're trying to get it in people's minds that this is going on downtown on these first Fridays," said Cutright.

Friday's scene is scheduled to continue on the first Friday night of each month throughout August.

A successful first night excited stores that are very optimistic that the program can continue.

"The most common comment is, ‘We wish you would do this every Friday night,'" said Jeanne Hagan of Pinocchio's Books and Toys. "It could be something that Main Street would want to try to promote, but we'll start out doing every first Friday, for the summer, and maybe continue through the fall and see how that goes."

The next "First Friday" is scheduled for June 1st.