Festivities surrounding the ninth annual ABC Labor Day Miracle Mile Parade wouldn’t be the same without Saturday’s Miracle Mile Cruisers Car Show at Southern Plaza, 4200 S. East St.
Registration for the show, which is open to all hot rods, customized, muscle and classic cars, trucks, specialty vehicles and motorcycles, begins at 8 a.m., with the event starting at 9 a.m. All participants will be treated to breakfast from Bert & Den’s.
The car show is a great day for the plaza and a boon for the merchants, said Chris Truran, regional maintenance supervisor for Tri-Land Properties, which owns Southern Plaza.
“The additional traffic results in our stores enjoying extra sales. Many husbands and wives come to the show. The men will often stay with their cars while their wives go shopping.”
The show is made possible because it’s a joint effort among all the merchants. “We put our heads together several years ago, came up with an idea and rolled with it,” said Truran, who with daughters Brittany, Allyson and Esabella will create a heartwarming Santa’s house at the center in December.
Truran extended a sincere thanks to Kroger, which is donating the breakfast food, and to Harbor Freight for contributing the raffle prizes.
The entry fee is $15 in advance at www.miraclemilepar
ade.com, $20 on-site. Proceeds benefit the Gateway Community Alliance, a grassroots economic and development group responsible for the parade’s rebirth. Call Truran at 791-0420 for more information.
Commemorative dash plaques will be presented to the first 100 entries, and various awards will be issued. All participants can take part in the Miracle Mile Parade.
Among other things happenings at Southern Plaza, Truran has welcomed Eyeglass World and Labor Ready, a staffing agency, as his newest tenants.
Eyeglass World opened Aug. 21 and will host its ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 11. The store offers two pairs of glasses for $78 (eye exam extra) and has more than 2,200 types of frames to choose from. If a patient’s lenses are in stock, same-day service is available.
“We expanded into this market because we want to help people find vision,” said assistant manager Justin Stock. And even though the business has been open less than two weeks, business is promising because the store is in nice area.
Hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; the doctor is in from 9-6 weekdays, 9 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Appointments are not necessary.