Countryside Marketplace Grand Opening Celebration

Donahue Schriber, the owner of Countryside Marketplace, is hosting the official grand opening of, Countryside Marketplace. It'll take p...

Donahue Schriber, the owner of Countryside Marketplace, is hosting the official grand opening of, Countryside Marketplace.

It'll take place Friday June 5, 2009, and last all weekend long through Sunday.

There's going to be free food samplings and beverage tastings, live entertainment, strolling balloon artists, free face painting for kids, clowns, giveaways and live radio broadcasts.

Radio stations KATY-FM 101.3 and KCXX-FM 103.9 will be there running live remote broadcasts, and will be giving away a pair of Jonas Brothers concert tickets and tickets for the Catalina Flyer. KFROG-FM 92.9 will be also be doing a live remote, but will be giving away concert tickets to Richie McDonald, former lead singer of Lonestar, and tickets to Jack Ingram.

Shoppers who bring a $25 or more receipt from a Countryside Marketplace merchant to any of the live radio remotes on Friday, Saturday or Sunday will receive a free jumbo zip tote bag or stainless steel thermos tumbler, while supplies last.

Attendees can also enter to win $50, $100 and $250 shopping spree gift cards from various Countryside Marketplace retailers, as well as enter raffles at Lowe’s, Affordable Portable, Verizon Wireless and Starbucks.

Throughout the grand opening weekend, festivities will be taking place around the pond in the food court area with the Will Faeber Trio kicking things off Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Hill Country Band will perform live on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Sunday the Kevin Cameron Band will take the stage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. near the main entrance.

There will be a place set up for kids, a game area with free prizes and bounce house jumpers.

Whimsical Frozen Yogurt, Maui Island Grill and other food court restaurants will be offering food samplings all weekend long, while Beverages & More will feature beer and wine tastings on Friday and Saturday.

So Why a Grand Opening Several Months After the Fact?

I asked that question to Donahue Schriber's marketing folks, who explained that grand openings for large shopping centers don't usually take place until several months after they've opened. They usually wait until all of the smaller merchants get settled in, which often takes months and months to complete.

Plus, they wanted to do this celebration during the warmer months.

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