“A lot of downtown shops are usually only open 9 to 5. When the Christmas holiday schedule comes up it becomes really hectic, so basically the merchants decided they wanted to stay open late one night,” said Kyle Bennett, director of Tourism and Operation in Woodstock. “Stores will be having refreshments and a lot of sales to kick off the holiday season.”
Penny Ellis of Pennybag Emporium organized the Christmas open house and said her store is one of 25 businesses included in the event, which has drawn participation from all the retailers downtown.
“I decided this year that we finally had filled the stores downtown to make it something that would be enjoyable to customers,” Ellis said. “It is kind of a Christmas treat for people to do early shopping for Christmas.”
Many of the shops are having raffles or door prizes or other special events for the open house, she said.
“It is mainly to emphasize to shop small in order to remind people that stores in our town have something to offer,” she said.
Each store will have sales or discounts on products, and shops will be decked out for Christmas
“All the stores are all excited about doing it. Anytime we can bring in more customers, it helps sales. We wanted to have another event in town to give back to customers,” Ellis said.
The Christmas Open House is designed to offer shopping prior to Thanksgiving.
“Our downtown has become a showcase for visitors and for families. We are definitely trying to keep it up,” she said.
Businesses include Ann Litrel Art, Antiques by Samson and Delilah, be You on purpose boutique, Blue Frog Imports, Brenda’s House of Flowers, Christine’s Creations, Cupcakelicious, Dismaro, Dressed Up Boutique, Fashion Cupcake, FoxTale Book Shoppe, Holly Springs Jewelers, Ivy Manor, The Premiere Group, Leaning Ladder, Linden, LKT Sports, Maxwell’s Cigar Bar, Natural Strides, Out Spokin’ Bicycles, Pineapple Park, Rak Outfitters, Seven Arrows, The Wright Stuff Collectibles, Brooklynn’s, Woodstock Pharmacy and the Woodstock Visitors Center.
A book signing will be conducted as part of the Christmas Open House event, featuring authors Rebecca Johnston and Michael Wagner. The book signing is from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Woodstock Visitors Center at Dean’s Store.
Johnston, managing editor of the Cherokee Tribune, is the author of “Cherokee County, Georgia: A History.” The book is the first comprehensive history of the county published since 1932. The book takes readers from the times of Native Americans to the Civil War and the Great Depression, through the years leading up to World War II and up to modern day times. It is hardcover with 224 pages and more than 250 photos.
Wagner is the author of “Picture Perfect in Cherokee County: Selections from the Buddy Alexander Collection.” The book features the photographs of Alexander who recorded Cherokee County from the late 1940s to mid-1970s. The book features 200 pages of local businesses, celebrations, activities, civic and social organizations, portraits, schools and students.
All copies of both books purchased during the book signing will be signed by the author. Proceeds from book sales benefit the Cherokee County Historical Society.
For more information, call (770) 924-0406.