By Isabel Vega
Lined with blue tents and a wide range of activities, Campus Town’s block party attracted students eager to win prizes and celebrate the community’s businesses on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
The block party was packed with activities for students. In the cash cube, participants tried their luck at winning gift cards and coupons. Vendor tables lined the sidewalks to promote several Campus Town businesses, including Hair Worx, Lion Dog and Redberry.
Campus Town Resident Advisers organized giant Connect Four and Jenga games. Additional carnival games and a rock climbing wall allowed students to maximize their time on the warm fall afternoon.
Free merchandise and food lured students to visit every table and learn more about future attractions.
“This is right around the time housing applications are sent out, so it’s nice to be able to show students that this is what Campus Town has to offer,” said senior biology major Naz Tahia, who helped run the cash cube and giftcard wheel.
Tahlia prefers living in Campus Town as opposed to an on-campus residence.
“It truly gives you a sense of what it’s like to live on your own,” she said. “I love it. The management is great and super friendly.”
One of the new businesses students can expect to enjoy this fall is Landmark Americana Tap and Grill. Landmark Americana will feature 40 tap beers, including local craft brews, flat screen TVs and pub-style food in a sports-bar atmosphere.
Cat Magee, a senior marketing major, recently started working at Lion Dog in Campus Town and expressed her excitement to represent the business at the block party.
“Campus Town does a great job bringing in new local businesses and new activity,” Magee said.
Magee, like many campus community members, also looks forward to the opening of Landmark Americana. As retail and restaurant spaces fill up in Campus Town, the management staff is eager to draw more visitors to the area.
“We’ve been planning this event since the summer,” said Pat Shanahan, assistant general manager of Campus Town.“We were so excited to have a good time and build a community.”