SCOTIA -- There's more to the village of Scotia than its best-known businesses -- Jumpin' Jacks Drive-In and the Scotia Cinema.
Village officials plan to highlight some of the community's other strengths, like its walkability and small-scale community character, during a Village-wide Open House event on Sunday. It's a program aimed at increasing home sales in the village.
Sundays are a traditional day for real estate open houses, so the village will have informational tables set up from 1 to 3 p.m. in the First National Bank of Scotia parking lot on Mohawk Avenue. There, prospective homebuyers will find listings and maps of participating real estate open houses, as well as brochures about the village of 7,700 people.
"You're always trying to get quality people to move into your village," said Mayor Kris Kastberg.
The mayor said people eyeing a home purchase often ask what they get in return for village taxes, and the village brochure will provide answers: police and fire protection, four parks, a dog park and other amenities.
"If you decide to live in the village, it has a smaller feel. It's more personal," he said.
Trying to coordinate open houses throughout the village was the idea of village Trustee Keven Mathes.
"I thought it would be nice to showcase the village," Mathes said. "It's a very walkable community. You have a grocery store within walking distance. You have a movie theater within walking distance. You have restaurants within walking distance."
The village is also known for special events like Christmas on the Avenue and its annual Memorial Day Parade -- the first in the area each year -- which will take place on May 23.
Tom Kmetz, a mortgage originator with First National Bank of Scotia, who is part of the villagewide open house effort, said the organizers have reached out to about 30 real estate agencies with local listings. He estimates there are about 50 properties for sale in the village, though he noted that number changes constantly.
"It's a seller's market, so when a good one comes up, it goes quickly," he said.
Kmetz said the village's involvement should raise the profile of Scotia and properties that are for sale.
"I think it will draw attention to it, and because it's the first time, that may bring a little more attention to it -- just raising awareness," he said.
There will be no cost to the village for the event, Kastberg said.