St. Patrick's Day Crawl

Hopefully by now you have heard that 14 of the downtown Shelby businesses are participating in a “St. Patrick’s Day crawl” on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18. You can pick up a punch card at any of the businesses and get it punched at all the participating businesses. Be sure to return it at least 80% full for a chance to win a gift card from each of the participating businesses.

Brian Crum, the City of Shelby’s Director of Finance & Public Record, shared how the idea for this event came to be: “A few months ago, the downtown food and entertainment venues got together as we felt it would be beneficial to plan joint events to get more people downtown. Of course, it is too early in the season for the mini golf, but personally, I try really hard to shop and dine downtown, so I have gotten to know many of the shop owners and experienced much that they have to offer,” he said.

Crum continued, “People don’t realize just how much we have going on. I was born in this town just as ‘the glory days’ of downtown were beginning to fade. I think there are more options to spend your time downtown now than there have been in my life. One could easily spend a day trying great food and beverages, learning to paint, creating candles, playing mini golf and arcade games, etc. So with this program, I am asking our residents to give the downtown a chance.”

He concluded, “Stop in the businesses (even if you aren’t making a purchase) to get your punch card signed, and while you are there take it in. I think that people will be surprised at the quality of our venues and experiences. We can do so much more, but it is going to take the support of our neighbors. If this is successful, I know that the businesses will continue to put on bigger and better events and expand offerings. So I think this can be a win for everyone.”

Each of the 14 participating businesses are offering specials, sales, and some are even extending their regular business hours to bring in the most business. Jessica Gribben, Shelby’s Economic Development Manager, shared her thoughts on the event: "I am so excited to see the downtown businesses band together to put on an awesome St. Patrick's Day event. I hope Shelby will come out in force to support their downtown friends and enjoy a fun night of food, music, and retail therapy! Add in a chance to win gift cards to your favorite venues, and it looks like you will find your pot of gold in Shelby this St. Paddy's day!"

Some of the participating businesses shared how they are planning to help the community celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Ralph Phillips VFW Post 291 will be offering all-you-can-eat green pancakes for $10 plus green drinks starting at 6:00AM on Friday. Club Night at the VFW is Saturday. The Parrot’s Head Pub carries over 200 different beers specializing in the best imported beers from around the world. They carry a large selection of bourbon and whiskeys and serve retro cocktails. They are open from 5:00PM to 2:30AM on Friday and Saturday. Their annual St. Patrick’s Day event is being held on Saturday morning by reservation.

The Ivory Bean has special drinks and sandwiches, and are now serving specialty alcohol drinks such as mimosa's, Irish coffee, espresso martinis, select wines, and coffee with Baileys. On the Rocks is open Thursday through Saturday evenings now, with a special March menu and specialty drinks as well as a large selection of bourbons. Menu and reservations are at, Walk-ins welcome.

The Well Coffee Shop will have specials both Friday and Saturday. Weber’s will have corned beef and cabbage with a performance by Taylor Sclupp from 9:00PM to 12:00AM Friday. The Vault will be having Irish food & drink specials both days and live Irish music with Clurichaun Celtic Clan on Friday starting at 6:00PM.

The Little Shops of Shelby will be open early and will close late on Friday (7:00AM to 8:00PM) and Saturday (10:00AM to 4:00PM). They will have door prizes, giveaways, a scavenger hunt both days, and kids cookie decorating on Saturday from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. 

Marigold Bakery will have St. Patrick’s day themed cookies, and other themed treats/coffee. They will also be open from 6:30AM to 1:00PM and then re-open at 4:00PM to 6:30PM on that Friday. Saturday will be regular hours of 6:30AM to 1:00PM. S&S Second Chances Art and Craft Studio will be open Friday 5:00PM to 8:00PM, Saturday 11:00AM to 5:00PM and Sunday 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Friday evening, they will have a St. Patrick's Day Paint N Sip that starts at 6:00PM (Spots still available). Saturday, they have a Chunky Blanket Class starting at 12:00PM. They will have samplings of their popular dip mixes on Saturday!

Be sure to check the Facebook pages of all the participating businesses for more information and event updates. Please consider supporting your local economy this St. Patrick’s Day by visiting these 14 downtown Shelby businesses.

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