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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) — For one weekend, a typically vacant building will be filled with drinks, dancing and arcade games.

It’s all in good fun, and all meant to showcase parts of town you typically don’t see.

“We saw a couple of unused spaces and we said, ‘What can we do with these? What can do to kind of bring in some people to downtown?'” says Danny Woodcock, one of the organizers of the event.

The space is inside the former Broer Freeman jewelry store at the corner of Erie and Jefferson.

Tonight it will be filled with a different kind of bling

“So, we wanted a little bit of a high-class environment out here,” explains organizer Mike Abernathy. “So, we created the arcade in the back that appeals to more of the 90s kids generation. So, we’re hoping that people will come out here an enjoy it.”

“We have put seven skill games in here. A number of retro arcade games. Pool tables. A DJ booth over there, and it’s going to be a really fun night,” adds Dennis Sawan, one of the members of Downtown 419.

Having fun and showing off downtown is part of the mission of Downtown 419.

That’s a non-profit created by these young professionals aimed at promoting the growth and development downtown.

“And this event really is trying to showcase an underutilized space and also trying to showcase also a concept that is successful in other markets,” says Jeff Stegeman, another organizer.

You might agree there’s a method to this March Madness: Downtown thrives when you’re having fun.

Glass City Social will be at 202 N. Erie in Toledo.

There are two sessions for gaming, Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 7:00PM until 9:30PM and again from 10:00PM until 12:30AM.

Tickets are $20/person. They include unlimited games and a D.J.

Beer from Black Cloister will be available for purchase and food trucks will be set up out front.

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