Spring Grove's downtown businesses are up and running and ready for holiday shoppers. Main Street has reopened and the businesses along Main Street and beyond in Spring Grove are looking forward to having even more patrons visit this holiday season as they take in the new look of the downtown with the street and building updates.

"As an extension to the Detour Dollars promotion this summer, the EDA wanted to cooperatively advertise with local businesses again to promote all that Spring Grove has to offer," explained EDA member and treasurer, JC Nerstad. "Everyone is excited to see the end of the road detour and to see Spring Grove bustling with traffic again. We had a lot of positive feedback from the cooperative advertising effort this summer and decided to celebrate the road opening with a holiday promotion."

Shoppers can pick up a "Shop Spring Grove: Pretty. Neat. Holiday Town" punch card at Bluff Country Artists Gallery, Doc's Blue Moose, or Yah Sure You Betcha Shoppe beginning Dec. 9. Then they can stop in and shop at the participating businesses on the card, have their card punched, and turn it in to Doc's by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 for a chance to win $50 in Spring Grove Dollars. Cards must have at least 10 punches to be eligible for the drawing. Cardholders do not need to be present to win the drawing.

Not only is the street new, with updated sidewalks, safer crosswalks, new lights, holiday decorations, and newly planted trees, but many businesses have also updated their exteriors. "The EDA offered a store-front project to businesses that wanted to make some exterior updates," said Nerstad. "If the business spent money on updating their facades, we [the EDA] helped them by giving them up to $2,500 toward their project. We want to encourage residents and visitors to check out the businesses not only along Main Street but throughout town."

Holiday shopping is even more enjoyable this season, with local businesses offering holiday shopping specials and, with the "Shop Spring Grove: Pretty. Neat. Holiday Town" punch card, a chance to win $50 in Spring Grove Dollars. Take a little time to check out the Christmas in the Village holiday decorations that light up the night as well as the newly updated Main Street and enjoy shopping in Spring Grove this holiday season.

Businesses participating in the "Shop Spring Grove: Pretty. Neat. Holiday Town" punch card promotion include American Legion Post 249, The Back Porch, Bluff Country Artists Gallery, Doc's Blue Moose, Giants of the Earth Heritage Center, A Gift to Gab, Kwik Trip, Mulqueen's True Value, Norski's Saloon, Otterness Auto, Red's Hometown Market, Spring Grove Cinema, Spring Grove Collision Center, Spring Grove Communications, Spring Grove Family Chiropractic, Sterling Drug, Twisted Twig and Solie Services, and Yah Sure You Betcha Shoppe.