Boutique Week to celebrate downtown shops, fall fashion

Jason Addy
York Dispatch

Downtown York City will be buzzing with activity next week, with more than a dozen shops planning to take part in York City Boutique Week festivities.

The sixth-annual weeklong celebration of downtown retailers will kick off with a Fashion Friday-themed First Friday event, beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 1 in Continental Square, according to Downtown Inc’s schedule for Boutique Week.

Kara Oldenburg-Gonzales models for Melissa Grove, Owner of Sweet Melissa's Dream, during the York City Boutique Week Fall Trends Luncheon Fashion Show at Tutoni's in York City, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

On Sunday, Sept. 3, several of the 15 participating boutiques will be set up at What the Food Trucks 2017 at Penn Park. The event featuring 40 food trucks will get underway at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m.

The Handsome Cab on North George Street will host a Boutique Week Luncheon, where fashion fans can get an “intimate, behind-the-scenes look” at fall fashion trends, according to Downtown Inc.

Owners of 11 downtown boutiques will be at the event to show off their fall fashion lines and talk about the latest trends. Tickets for the three-hour luncheon cost $25 per person and can be found on Downtown Inc’s website, www.downtownyorkpa.com/yorkcityboutiqueweek.

The special fashion-themed festivities continue  Thursday, Sept. 7, with a mid-week boutique tour. The Boutique Week Progressive Happy Hour will stop at 11 shops, with each serving up a featured wine or appetizer, according to the event schedule. 

Each of the shops’ owners will serve as a tour guides for 11 different groups as they make their way through downtown. The boutique tour will get started at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person.

York’s industrial past will collide with modern fashion as York City Boutique Week wraps up Friday, Sept. 8, with a fashion show at the York County History Center’s Agricultural and Industrial Museum. 

From 6 to 9 p.m. the museum will be converted for a runway fashion show featuring downtown York City shops’ fall fashion lines. 

Tutoni’s Restaurant will  supply cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m. in the museum’s courtyard, while The Wild Hymns will provide the soundtrack for the fashion show. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids, according to Downtown Inc.

For a full schedule of events, tickets and more information about York City Boutique Week, visit www.downtownyorkpa.com.