Families share a laugh during a recent Grandview Hop

Though it once simply showcased art, the Grandview Hop has evolved into a lively street festival that celebrates community. On the last Saturday of each month, shops extend their hours and welcome visitors to stroll a four-block stretch of Grandview Avenue. "We do our best to fill every inch of that with something fun," said Steve Weaver, president of Explore the Avenue, the local merchants association. Musicians perform; food and craft vendors line the streets; and restaurants offer one-nightonly dinner and drink specials. "The message we want people to leave with is just how many great restaurants and shops we have here," Weaver said, "so they come back and visit us throughout the month."

The next Grandview Hop is July 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. For a guide to the community, visit www.TheGrandviewHop.com.