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Christmas Shopping Done Right

Top Town’s Christmas Kick-Off

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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:00 am

The day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is an event that many cannot miss. Venturing out shopping during Black Friday is worth it in the end—if you got the sale you wanted. The sales are not over when the day ends, however. Local shops can benefit from what’s become known as Small Business Saturday by offering exclusive holiday sales for the after-Thanksgiving holiday shopper.

Up in Crestline’s Top Town, merchants are getting together for their Saturday Top Town Christmas Kick Off event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The shops participating will be Rusty Bucket, Encompass, My Favorite Things, Sara’s Antiques & Atelier, Herington Real Estate and the Crest Forest Senior Thrift Store.

“As merchants who are all locals to the mountain area, we strive to keep our business locally,” said Encompass owner Louis Boehle. “We hope the mountain will consider shopping locally this Christmas season as well.”

These Top Town stores offer unique items that cannot be found elsewhere. Antiques, candles, books, crafts and more can be found at the Top Town stores.

And it’s not just on Small Business Saturday that shoppers can benefit. The specialty shops in Top Town will be running sales for all of Thanksgiving weekend. Shoppers can enjoy the cheery Christmas carols that will be heard while doing their shopping, and businesses will be offering light refreshments outside of the stores. The goal is to make this shopping experience fun, and different than the average holiday shopping experience, they said.

My Favorite Things and Sara’s Antiques & Atelier will be hosting a children’s Christmas craft, and the Crest Forest Senior Thrift Store will have Santa in town for free photos.

Herington Real Estate will be hosting a number of local artists inside the office who will be selling their work. Some of the local artists include Chelsea Holifield who will demonstrate her spinning yarn and will be selling jewelry, hand spun yarn, mermaid costume accessories and handmade Didgeridoos. Steve Liskey, a local pipe carver will be at the event selling his hand carved pipes. Author Rhea-Frances Tetley will be selling and signing books she has written about the mountain’s history.

There will be shopping, dining and entertainment at the Christmas kick off event. The Bear House Family Restaurant will be offering a winter delight on the menu for the event.

“We want to thank everyone who comes out, and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us,” Boehle said.

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