Chocolate Stroll

The fourth annual event is Saturday in downtown Nashua

File photo During the 2018 Nashua Downtown Chocolate Stroll, Abigail Catanzaro, left, enjoys a hot chocolate, which was given to her by Amalia Scontsas, co-owner at Scontsas Fine Jewelry.

NASHUA – Calling all chocolate connoisseurs: the fourth annual Downtown Chocolate Stroll is hitting the streets of Nashua from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

This year, just about 20 locations along Main Street, Pearl Street and Railroad Square will be offering chocolates in various forms, from hot chocolate, to chocolate-covered goodies and maybe even bonbons.

Great American Downtown Executive Director Paul Shea said the event began as a cure for cabin fever and serves as a great opportunity for people to explore the distinctive downtown retail shops close to Valentine’s Day.

Shea said the tickets for this year’s event were gone within a day. Though the event is free, Shea said they issued a limited number of 500 tickets to ensure that there would be enough chocolate. Ticket holders who have registered through Eventbrite will be able to pick up physical tickets in the lobby of The Telegraph, located at 110 Main St. Shea said those who are interested in getting a chance at tickets next year can subscribe to Great American Downtown’s free newsletter, The Downtowner, to get an early access ticket link, along with discounts to other events throughout the year. Information about the newsletter is located on the organization’s homepage:

Shea said this event will bring a lot of excitement to downtown.

File photo These were some of the treats available to those participating in the 2018 Nashua Downtown Chocolate Stroll.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to connect with shop owners if they haven’t met them yet,” Shea said. “We view this as the beginning of a relationship.”

“As people explore and become familiar with the shops, they may buy something while they are out and about; buy a gift for their sweetheart or even just something for themselves. The benefit of the event is it familiarizes people with shops. As the year continues to go on, perhaps they’ll think about our small businesses in the community when they are buying birthday presents, or during the next holiday season, or when they go out to buy a new outfit, or buy a friend flowers.”

The event will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Various restaurants will also be offering specials during the event. These locations will be participating: The Telegraph, Fresh of Nashua, Suesie’s Salon, SNAP It’s Vintage, Purple Finch Properties, League of New Hampshire Craftsmen-Nashua Gallery, Gentle Dental Nashua, WineNot Boutique, Scontsas Fine Jewelry & Home Decor, Fortin Gage-Fresh Flowers & Distinctive Gifts (NHFlowers-gifts), Riverside Barbeque Co., Odd Fellows Brewing Co., Camaraderie, Persian Rug Gallery, Pompanoosuc Mills, Maison de l’Art, Nashua Coins and Collectibles, DesignWares and others.