When he kicked off Denver ArtsWeek earlier this month, Mayor John Hickenlooper echoed former Governor Dick "Duty to Die" Lamm when he told the crowd, "We all have a duty to shop."
Now Denverites will get a chance to put their money where Hick's mouth is, when the mayor and assorted city boosters -- Nick LeMasters, general manager of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center; Richard Scharf, president of Visit Denver; Tami Door, president of the Downtown Denver Partnership -- kick off "Mile High Holidays" at 11:15 a.m. this morning at the Center Court of the Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
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Cherry Creek is just one of the retail outlets that's joined in the cooperative marketing campaign, which encourages Denverites to get out and enjoy their hometown over the holidays -- and spend some cash here, rather than over the Internet.
The holiday celebration really revs up on Friday, when downtown's Grand Illumination will include lighting festivities at 5:30 p.m. at Union Station -- complete with an appearance by Dinger Claus. The lights will also go on at the Denver City & County Building, which will stay lit -- and how -- through the Stock Show. -- Patricia Calhoun