You can shop, stroll and taste your way around Shelbyville's public square Friday as a variety of merchants hold their second "Wine Walk."
The merchants will be offering free wine tasting as part of their "Sip, Shop and Stroll the Square" promotion from 4 to 7 p.m.
While the Wine Walk is complimentary, tours will also be given of the various lofts on and near the square at a cost of $15. Proceeds benefit Shelbyville's Our Town efforts to improve the downtown area.
Tickets for the event are available at Templeton Insurance, Heritage Jewelers, Riverview Bistro, J. Jordan Boutique and the Antiques, Arts & Collectibles Mall.
According to Jennifer Templeton, one of the organizers of the event, the first walk held last year was a great success.
"(We were) constantly on our feet the entire three hours, it was extremely successful," she said.
Templeton said five lofts, decorated for Christmas, will be on the tour. The loft owned by Chase Perryman over Fifties and Fiddles will be on display, as well as Templeton's apartment at 108 E. Depot St.
Also on display will be the loft at 119 E. Depot in the old Caroline's building, as well as Nancy June Brandon's loft at 112 East Side Square, and the loft behind Home Design Decor at 101 West Side Square.
Each business will have several different wines for tasting, and all wines are available for purchase from Celebration Liquors.
Wine Walk participants are: All About Cakes, Kim & Suzanne Byrom - located in the lobby at Dancy's, David E. Brown, CPA, Heritage Jewelers, J. Jordan, Awomi's Shoes, Artistic Treasures, Torso, Templeton & Associates, Merle Norman, The Pomegranate, Antiques, Arts, & Collectibles Mall, Home Decor Design, Riverview Bistro, & Stewmon Insurance, with more businesses that could possibly be added.
Nashville Recording artist Lee Gibson will perform an acoustic show at Riverview Bistro, 105 Public Square West, during the Wine Walk, featuring selections from his debut CD, songs from his upcoming album and several select favorites throughout the evening.
Lee, a native of Winchester, made his debut appearance on the CMA stages two summers ago and is going strong with dates in 2013 from North Carolina to Texas.
His follow-up CD is due out in the early spring. More information can be found at LeeGibsonMusic.com.
Organizers are collecting unwrapped, new toys for less fortunate children, which will be given to the Center for Family Development for distribution.
Templeton said all the stores on the square will be open late for shopping and tasting, which she calls "great fun."
"I love it, the whole uptown area will be decorated," she said.
For group tickets or more information call Pat McMillan at (931) 575-0424.