Celebrate a beautiful night Downtown during Racine’s First (of 2018) First Fridays April 6th, from 4-9pm!

Socialize with friends and neighbors as you enjoy shopping, adult beverages and a stroll through the historic Downtown city streets. Join all the First Friday’s Sponsor business owners as they welcome you to shop local, dine & discover the best Racine has to offer: Downtown! Come early & stay late! Downtown Racine has been a shopping destination since 1860.

Here are a few of the happenings your friendly merchants have in store for you April 6:

Join us at Northern Lights Gallery, 423 Main Street for First Friday on April 6th. New in for 2018: boutique fashion, home accents, wall art, jewelry, and more unique finds you won’t see anywhere else. Beat your cabin fever and stop in to say hi! We’re known for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and we’d love to see your smiling faces!

Uncorkt, 240 Main Street, is the place to be on First Friday, April 6th. Our drink specials begin at 4:00 p.m. with glasses of wine, only $5, and the lowest priced craft beer in Racine. Starting at 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. we have a FAN favorite the Gary T. Ricchio Project. Uncorkt also has free wine sampling from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.. Come see why Uncorkt won the 2015, 2016 and 2017 the BEST WINE STORE in Racine County!

Check out our selection of new Opal jewelry at red moon, 334 Main Street. To help celebrate the return of First Fridays, we are offering a free Lavish Jewelry Cleaning Kit with any Opal purchase as well as a 5% discount on all purchases.

DIVINO GELATO (245 Main St.) will be hosting an Open Mic Night from 6 PM – 9PM

The popular NANO BUG RACES will be held at Dover Flag & Map, 323 Main Street. Be sure to stop in to cheer your favorite color BUG to victory on the winding track. Bring your friends and you may be the lucky winner of . . . Famous Amos Cookies! Say the secret word (Springtime) and receive 15% off of your entire purchase.

Racine Arts Council’s ArtSpace Gallery (409 Sixth Street) will feature Emergency Room, a Color-Coded Art Exhibition. Emergency Room artists Catherine Cajandig (IL), Judith Jones (MI), Deanna Krueger (IL), Erik R. Peterson (IL), Mimi Peterson (WI), and Daniel Teafoe (IL) present a fluid collection of works that boldly fuels the idea that color is perpetually transformative.

At Art Metals Studio, 332 Main Street, test your Gem knowledge by playing “Know Your Bling”!!! In honor of April’s Birthstone, Diamond, AMS is holding another gemstone guessing contest. Stop in the store on April 6th, from 10am – 9pm, and try your hand at Diamond identification! Guess which stone is Diamond from the contest tray to be entered into a drawing for a super-sparkly AMS Diamond pendant! Guess wrong? AMS’s knowledgeable staff will be there to educate you on how to tell the difference in the future. One guess per customer. The winner of the drawing will be announced on Saturday, April 7th. Shine on!!! See you there!

Lighthouse Gallery & Gifts, 306 Main St., welcomes April 2018 First Friday with clearance pricing on fashion jewelry (some exclusions apply). Our exclusive photo jigsaw puzzles will be 20% off only for this First Friday. Get a head start on Mother’s Day and order your custom photo tin at a special price!

Enhance your shopping experience by listening to soft rock rhythm and blues and Timeless favorites by solo singer guitarist Bob Treml 6 to 9 p.m. at Dimples. From necklaces to rings to bracelets, you can cross off everything on your jewelry list at Dimples Fine Imports, 416 Main St.

Stop on in at RG Natural Babies, 430 Main St., and get ready for Spring Gardening Fun with your little ones! Plus, 20% off Lifeactory Water Bottle, Wine glasses and beverage glasses all Made in the USA!

Don’t miss the fun at Hot Shop Glass, 239 Wisconsin Avenue, as owners & artisans Dan Sviland & Amanda Paffrath turn 2000º molten glass into art right before your eyes. Come and be mesmerized by the process, heat and dynamics of working with liquid glass. See the latest creations in the gallery and pick up info about upcoming classes.

Twice Baked Pottery (320 Main St.) looks forward to the return of first Fridays for 2018! Wedding season is approaching! Now’s the time to pick up those wedding and shower gifts for all of your friends and family. Now featuring new products including travel mugs and microwave bacon cookers. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Sparkle up your springtime wardrobe with accessories from Funky Hannah’s, 324 Main Street. Choose from handcrafted jewelry from their on staff designers or be inspired to create something yourself. Spring classes are offered for adults as well as birthday parties for children. Stop in and find out why Funky Hannah’s has been a favorite shop downtown for more than twenty years!

Visitors enjoy free RAM (Racine Art Museum) admission and extended hours from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm on Friday, April 6. The art made with fluffy, sugar-coated marshmallow PEEPS gets more creative every spring in the popular RAM 9th Annual International PEEPS Art Exhibition. At the same time, RAM releases the beasts of contemporary craft in the multi-media exhibition, Beasts: Wild Animals in RAM’s Collection.

Meanwhile, Polymer Art: Recent Acquisitions tells the story of how RAM established the world’s largest polymer collection in 2011 and spotlights pieces that have been donated to the museum since then. Contemporary artists express themselves through the power of the written word in Text Message: Words and Letters in Contemporary Art. And, Japanese Studio Craft at RAM is an exploration of small-scale craft from artists with Japanese heritage. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

Other First Friday’s sponsoring merchants include: Artful Glass Objects (232 Main), Main St. General Store (302 Main), Sugar Shack Sweet Shoppe (530 Monument Sq.), and Photographic Design Gallery & Framing (411 Main St.)

Spend an evening with friends and family enjoying downtown: the BEST of Racine. Visit our website (FirstFridaysRacine.com) for information about the latest happenings, in store specials and links to your favorite spots downtown.

Tony Bigonia
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