'Cyndi' platforms

Downtown Vineland is hosting a one-day wedding shopping event Saturday, Sept. 26, to bring attention to the array of stores and businesses found in ‘South Jersey’s Wedding Capital,’ during which you can shop for these ‘Cyndi’ platforms by Touch Ups found at Al’s Shoes for $70.

If you’re ready to go from just dating to fulfilling your destiny, Downtown Vineland has a shopping event to assist in making that dream a reality.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, Main Street Vineland, an organization whose mission is to help downtown merchants, is hosting the town’s fifth-annual Wedding Weekend. Just don’t be fooled by the name of this event, as it only takes place on that one day. So if you miss it on Saturday, you’ll have to wait until next year to join in on the action.

Both brides- and grooms-to-be can take advantage of this shopping event whose purpose is to showcase “South Jersey’s Wedding Capital,” i.e. Downtown Vineland.

All along East Landis Avenue you can find stores catering to the wedding business such as florists, bridal shops, beauty salons and jewelers.

“There are so many stores in Vineland that are geared toward weddings,” says Brian Lankin, owner of Al’s Shoes. “This is an event for the businesses that cater to those.”

A fun incentive for attending this bridal bonanza is the chance to win a grand prize gift certificate for $250 to spend at DeSoto Jewelers or one of many smaller gift certificates from other participating shops.

Here’s how it works: Receive a map at your first shop. Get it stamped at each spot. When you reach half of the stores involved in Wedding Weekend (five out of 10), hand in your map. Winners will be announced the following week.

“This is an exciting way to bring together our downtown businesses and to show brides, grooms and everyone the array of shopping choices in downtown Vineland,” says Lankin, who is also the Main Street Vineland promotions team chairperson.

“We picked this time of year (for the event) because brides and grooms still mostly get married in spring and summer — we timed it for that. They’re not buying their things a week in advance.”

Wedding Weekend is just one in a series of events to help create awareness of the retailers in Downtown Vineland. Past retail events include a seafood festival, a ribs and chili cook off, a “cruise down memory lane” and a holiday parade.

“We have businesses that have been in Vineland for more than 30 years — mine’s been her for more than 50,” Lankin says. “There are so many more places to go now to shop. This just reinforces that we’re here.”

WEDDING WEEKEND

When: 10 a.m .to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26

Where: Downtown Vineland

Participating stores:

Rienzi Bridal Salon

745 E. Landis Ave.

Juvante Formal Wear

735 E. Landis Ave.

DeSoto Jewelers

651 E. Landis Ave.

Finer Flowers and Gifts

645 E. Landis Ave.

Accesorios la Mixtequita

609 E. Landis Ave.

Jessie's Bridal Shop

539 E. Landis Ave.

Jazzy's Beauty Emporium

539 E. Landis Ave.

Kim's Cleaners

602 E. Landis Ave.

The Banquet Hall at the Landis Theater

830 E. Landis Ave.

Al's Shoes

639 E. Landis Ave.

Businesses with table booths at Al's Shoes:

Touch of Class Limosine Service (Vineland)

Jamaican Me Tan (Millville)

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