Sweet Melissa’s Dream employee Lilly Bryant prepares to model some of the shop’s clothing during a Boutique Week kick-off event at Mudhook
Sweet Melissa's Dream employee Lilly Bryant prepares to model some of the shop's clothing during a Boutique Week kick-off event at Mudhook Brewing Company Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. Several downtown boutique's were on-hand to present fashions during a luncheon at the restaurant. Bill Kalina - bkalina@yorkdispatch.com

A handful of models strutted the stuff of several York City retailers as Boutique Week began its third year downtown.

Local stores showcased fall trends — and how to wear them — during a fashion luncheon Tuesday afternoon at Mudhook Brewing Co., a brew pub at 34 N. Cherry Lane.

The event, sponsored by Downtown Inc, highlights the city's small and independently owned retailers, said Meagan Feeser, marketing and events coordinator for Downtown Inc.

"Boutique Week is really hitting its stride this year. There's a lot of buzz, and it shines a spotlight downtown. People are out showing their support, spending money and time downtown," she said.

The event began Tuesday and continues through Saturday, and it includes deals and special features at several downtown stores and some eateries.

Some new offerings include Tuesday's luncheon, a happy hour on Wednesday and a Kids' Fashion Tea Party on Saturday at Central Market.

Beaver Street will be closed from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday for a happy hour that will be held 5 to 7 p.m. that night. Beer samples will be offered in several shops, live mannequins will be in store windows, and Foodstruck will have food trucks on hand.

A Kids' Fashion Tea Party begins at noon Saturday in Central Market. The event will feature different stations throughout the market at 34 W. Philadelphia St. where attendees can stop to add charms to bracelets they will take home. There will also be a tea party photo booth, crafts, hands-on activities and more.


For more information about boutique week events, visit downtownyorkpa.com.

Hilary Arthur, owner of Arthur & Daughters at 49 N. Beaver St., is especially looking forward to the fashion show at 7 p.m. Friday in Central Market.

There she will unveil her new private label collection, which is made in the U.S.

"It's an awesome week for us," Arthur said.

September is a great time for Boutique Week because it's when downtown retailers reveal their new merchandise, she said.

"It's when the retail world moves to fall," Arthur said.

Guests at the luncheon got a taste of the new trends this year: leather details, shearling, a 1960s influence, jewel tones, tailored jackets, oversized coats, scarves, gray with a pop of color, geometric prints, leggings and the always-classic string of pearls.

Shoppers will get an up-close look at those trends this week when they stop in downtown shops.

"It's like a little party in everyone's store," Arthur said.

Zarah Brooks is new to the party this year.

Earlier this year, the shop owner opened Indigo Bleu, a clothing boutique at 39 W. Philadelphia St.

"As a new business, this is a great opportunity for me to show the public what Indigo Bleu has to offer," Brooks said.

— Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.