I just overheard one of our radio station staff tell another that "I'm going to have to get out and do some Christmas shopping within the next few weeks." That seems like a pretty good idea, but Christmas arrives in about two and a half weeks, so sooner would be better than later. How about this Saturday?

The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (RACVB) and the River District Association are getting ready for the holidays with the community's premiere holiday shopping event Shop on State, sponsored by Illinois Bank & Trust, in downtown Rockford this Saturday, December 9 from 11am- 7pm. This is one of several shopping events happening now until December 23 that will give residents and visitors a chance to discover great specials and fun entertainment in downtown Rockford.

Shop on State is a hometown holiday event where people are encouraged to shop, sip and snack during the Merry & Bright season in the Rockford region. This shopping experience invites guests to explore the unique local establishments that the downtown Rockford region has to offer. Participating businesses will provide sips and snacks to make the shopping more enjoyable and free gift wrapping will be provided at select shops.

Leah Tuneberg, Executive Director of Rockford's River District Association:

This community event is something the River District merchants and shoppers both look forward to each year. It's definitely an opportunity for local businesses to showcase the great gift ideas they have to offer. It is also a chance for shoppers to get out and have some fun for the holidays. Shop on State is a big contributor to supporting local and has helped to strengthen our commerce in Rockford's strengthened downtown.

Some of the merchants taking part in Shop on State include:

  • 317 Studio and Gallery
  • 510 Threads/Eurostyle
  • Bath and Body Fusion
  • Bella Luna Bakery
  • Bootville
  • Ground Floor Skateboards
  • London Avenue Designs
  • Lucette Salon and Spa
  • Luna Datura's Curious Gifts
  • Minglewood Boutique
  • Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary
  • Rockford Art Deli
  • Rockford Remade 517
  • Rockford Roasting Company
  • Rocktown Adventures
  • Runner's Image
  • Salvaged by Sonya
  • The Collector's Bench
  • The Parlour
  • The Underground
  • White Light Mercantile

For more information on Saturday's Shop on State, click here.

Here's some stuff you probably won't be coming home with: