A business-friendly weekend

Artist James Ouelette paints an outdoor scene at The Preservation Framer, one of many events organized for the Tax Free Weekend on Saturday, Aug. 29. Staff Photo/Max Bowen
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Christopher Paniccia [left] chats with Sour Grapes creator Tim Jones at the Laughing Shield Comic Shop. Jones made an appearance at the store as part of the Tax-Free Weekend event on Saturday, Aug. 29. Staff Photo/Max Bowen
Several of North Attleborough’s downtown businesses arranged special events and deals to mark the Tax-Free Weekend, which took place on Aug. 29 and 30. Though the rain caused some events to be canceled—such as live music at the gazebo on the Town Common—much of the plans continued on. This included noted North Attleborough artist James Oulette painting at The Preservation Framer, comic creator Tim Jones signing books at The Laughing Shield Comic Shop, and models at the Dancing Drawer.

Other businesses, including Habibi’s Middle Eastern Kitchen, Mad Moose Saloon, Northworks, Oven Essence, Socks Etc., Stella Osteria, Table at 10, and Unique Steps Dance Academy, offered discounts or free samples.

The sales tax holiday for 2020 occured on Aug. 29 and 30. Retail items of up to $2,500, purchased in Massachusetts for personal use on these two days, were exempt from sales tax. Legislation was signed into law in 2018 that established an annual sales tax holiday for one weekend each year.

Addison Templeton [in front] and Lilian St. Jean modeled at the Dancing Drawer, showing some of the moves they’ve learned in their dance classes. Staff Photo/Max Bowen
A cosplayer dressed as Marvel’s Deadpool proves that he’s indeed worthy to wield Thor’s hammer Mjolnir outside the Laughing Shield Comic Shop. Staff Photo/Max Bowen