The Downtown Washington merchants are teaming up to offer a new promotion — Thirsty Thursdays.

Seventeen stores will stay open late this Thursday, June 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. for an evening of shopping and sipping.

The stores will feature wine, beer and other beverages from area wineries, breweries and distelleries. Representatives from those businesses will be on site as well.

This is the first of three events planned now through winter.

Downtown Washington Inc. is helping to promote the event and support merchants.

The idea for the event came from Jane Arnold, owner of The Art Center, and Cindy Potts, owner of Addi’s.

The participating businesses are as follows:

IB Nuts & Fruit Too with Augusta Winery;

East Main Antiques with La Dolce Vita Winery;

MannWell’s Coffee Alley with Blumenhof Winery;

The Art Center with Noboleis Vineyards;

Addi’s with Pinckney Bend Distillery;

H. Elise Interiors with Miller Brewing Co.-Blue Moon;

Toni’s Crafts and Home Decor with Augusta Brewery;

Calico Cat Cupboards with Stone Hill Winery;

The Fudge Shoppe with Bias Winery;

Discover Outdoors with Pyramid Brewing Co.;

Gary Lucy Gallery with Montelle Winery;

Cowan’s Mercantile with Leinenkugel Brewing Co.;

Four Seasons Florist with Balducci Winery;

Not Just Cut & Dried with NJC&D Coffees;

Altemueller’s Hallmark with Meramec Vineyards;

Fricke Studios with North American Brewery; and

Flavors with a “surprise.”