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Holiday Shopping Starts Saturday With Open House

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY – It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner and downtown merchants are kicking off the festive season with an open house celebration this Saturday.
Cool temps and mostly sunny skies are expected to make for a perfect day of downtown shopping with about 21 local businesses participating. “A mixture of old and new merchants,” said Tyler Hill, president of the Water Valley Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber and the Water Valley Main Street Association are jointly sponsoring the event.
“Shop local first for the coming holiday season” is the theme and Water Valley’s downtown business owners are working hard to make that happen by offering a first class collection of merchandise.
The event won’t be anything like the pre-dawn chaos of Black Friday, emphasized Main Street Director Mickey Howley. “No, it’ll be nice and friendly and you’ll enjoy it,” he said.
There are gifts for everyone on your list. Take a look at the special section included inside this week’s Herald for some ideas. And, take a few minutes Saturday and visit each business. You might be surprised by what you find and you’ll have a chance to win prizes including a 39-inch flat screen television.
When you purchase something from one of the participating businesses, you will receive a grid sheet with a list of the businesses. On the back of the sheet there is a list of door prizes. In order to be registered for the prizes, you must visit at least five participating businesses and get your card marked. You will then be registered for the door prizes that are being given away by the businesses marked on your card.
Anyone who visits at least 10 businesses and has their grid sheet marked in the appropriate columns will be registered for the Grand Prize, a 39-inch flat screen television from The Water Valley Chamber of Commerce and Water Valley Main Street.
Cards must be turned in between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce tent located in front of the main branch of Mechanics Bank on Main Street. You must be 18 or older to enter the drawing.
The participating businesses are Bozarts Gallery,  BTC Old Fashioned Grocery, The Caboose Boutique, The Crawdad Hole, Doris’ Flowers and Gifts, Hometown Pizza, J’s on Main, Main Attraction, J. Clayton’s, Turnage Drug Store, Sartain’s True Value, Village Flower Shoppe, The Velvet Glove, El Charitto, D&D Barbeque, Larson’s Piggly Wiggly, Magnolia Home Furnishings, Between Friends, Varner Printing and Office Supply, O’Tuck Supply and Jay Gees.
And, there is more shopping fun coming up in December as downtown merchants hold Christmas in the Valley after hours shopping on Dec. 5. Participating businesses will remain open until 8 p.m.
There will also be art shows at the galleries along with carriage rides, music and a kids’ corner for the Dec. 5 Christmas in the Valley on a Friday night. “People enjoyed it so much that we’ve ordered two horse and carriages this year,” said Hill. “We still have our snow machine. We’ll be making snow again.”
Water Valley’s annual Christmas parade will be the next day, Saturday, Dec. 6 beginning at 1 p.m.

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