Hello, July!

Summer is in full bloom in downtown Sterling.  Bright pinks and greens dot the streetscape in the 36 lamppost flower baskets that were installed on June 8th.  A huge thank you goes out to the Distinctive Gardens crew and City of Sterling Public Works for getting them put up, and to Firehouse of God Ministries for keeping them watered for us all summer long.

Businesses are also blooming in downtown Sterling.  The new Merle Norman on 1st Avenue opened its doors in May and has been a great addition to downtown.   Two new businesses will be coming in July as well.   Primitive Frills will be opening around the 1st of the month in the former location of Tuff Dog Bakery, 7 E. 3rd Street.  The Help Desk, an educational supply store, will be opening July 8th at 325 – 1st Avenue.  No need to worry about Tuff Dog’s closure…they are still available at several locations throughout the Sauk Valley, including Air Play Sports, Showplace Antiques and Grummert’s Hardware, all in downtown Sterling.

The Twin City Farmers’ Market is in full swing as fresh, local produce and plants begin to fill the building, along with the scrumptious baked goods, fresh meats, eggs and cheeses available each week.   A shout out of appreciation is also due to MO-ST Plumbing & Mechanical for donating their services in keeping the Market kitchen cool for our bakers this summer in installing a new air conditioner!

July is also a month full of activities and events for the community to enjoy.   Movies at Grandon will be held on Tuesday, July 11th, featuring “Moana,” and July 26th for “Finding Nemo.”   Main Street Music Fest takes over the Grandon Civic Center in Central Memorial Park on Saturday, July 22nd.  We’ve got a great day of music, food and fun planned for this all ages event.  Tickets are on sale now on our website or stop by the office. Music also fills the air every Wednesday evening with the Sterling Municipal Band’s Music Under the StarsThese free community concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Get out and explore Downtown Sterling this summer!  For more information on these fun community events and more, visit our **NEW** website, www.sterlingmainstreet.org, or follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

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