Love Hendo and Shop Local on First Saturdays in Downtown Hendersonville

For Immediate Release

City of Hendersonville Downtown Program

Contact: Jamie Carpenter 




Love Hendo and Shop Local on First Saturdays in Downtown Hendersonville

1st Saturday of each month Main Street open for bikes and pedestrians only


July 28, 2020 -- Downtown Hendersonville launches LoveHendo - Shop Local Saturdays to provide open-air activity on Main Street the First Saturday of each month. The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville have refreshed the Open Streets pilot program to become a monthly Saturday activity for all to enjoy the great local businesses downtown has to offer.


Main Street will be closed to vehicles all day on the First Saturday of each month from 2nd Avenue to 6th Avenue. The cross streets will remain open to traverse to the unique avenue businesses and the abundant downtown parking available just a short walk from Main Street. The spaces on Main immediately in front of the Historic Henderson County Courthouse are reserved for handicap parking.


Many downtown businesses have expanded outdoor activities planned for the First LoveHendo – Shop Local Saturday on August 1, including:

  • The Hendersonville Family YMCA will host free yoga on the 400 block at 8:30 am
  • Team ECCO Shark Lab will host afternoon activities from 11:30-2:30 on the 500 block, including photos with characters, invertebrate tanks, bubbles, etc.
  • Renzo’s Speakeasy Al Fresco at 6pm on the 500 block
  • Cool off with outdoor sprinklers and additional outdoor seating
  • Mast General Store Sidewalk Sale

In the spirit of #SafeHendo, all businesses and customers are encouraged to follow the 3 W’s – Wear a face covering, Wash your hands and Wait 6 feet apart.


Downtown Hendersonville Pivot Fund

To encourage creativity and resiliency among businesses and nonprofits downtown, The Friends of Downtown Hendersonville also launched the Downtown Hendersonville Pivot Fund, a microgrant program to support businesses and nonprofits within the Main Street and 7th Avenue Districts to find creative solutions to adapt their businesses amid the changing environment.


“The open space on Main Street during LoveHendo Saturdays will allow for alternative ways to experience Downtown Hendersonville,” said Lew Holloway, Downtown Economic Development Director, “we encourage businesses to think creatively as they shift to a new normal.”

Businesses and experience-based nonprofits are invited to apply for funding to support expanding their business outdoors and maintaining social distancing standards. Donations are being accepted to support the program at





The Main Street & Seventh Avenue Advisory Committees exist to identify, preserve and enhance the key factors that contribute to the authentic small town urban character of historic downtown Hendersonville. Organizational projects are identified, assessed and prioritized based on their contribution to and potential to enhance and support a vibrant entrepreneurial environment and the livability of downtown.