Formerly a Sunday event, a downtown merchant open house, dubbed the Holly Jolly Open House will be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 this year.
Louise “Weezie” Scott said the move to Saturday was logical in that shop owners were already working on the day and because Sunday events have had limited success.
Also, the event falls in line with the national Small Business Saturday movement.
“We’re open (on Saturday) anyway,” said Scott. “It gives people a chance to shop Booneville. To shop local and see what new businesses we have and some old ones that are not known very well.”
Doing so will win someone a 32-inch flat screen television or a $250 gift certificate to the Lodge at Mount Magazine.
Participating merchants all have flyers and anyone who wishes to enter a drawing can have the flyer stamped when they visit all merchants. There is somewhat of a catch in that a minimum $10 purchase, in any combination from any participating merchants, is required for drawing entry.
Flyers will be turned in at Weezie’s Resale Shop, 214 West Main Street.
Merchants participating include Attic Treasurers, Junk In The Trunk Antiques, Now-N-Then, Davenport Law Office, Glendale Mercantile/Junction, Tiffany Flowers, Rockin’ Robins, Kornerstone Boutique, Movie Zone, Specialty Hats N That, Eddie’s Trading Post, The Cupcake Cottage, P&P Western Wear and Booneville Flower Shop.
“It helps Booneville when everybody shops locally. See what we have and help each other out,” said Scott.
Scott said the drawing should be held around 4 p.m.
In addition shoppers will be able to cast ballots for be best Christmas window among the merchants with a plaque presented to the winning business.
The event has been organized by STEP UP (Small Town Enhancement Project United & Proud) and each of the participating businesses will have a box for new toys for the Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce’s Toys for Tots drive and will be accepting canned goods for food distribution to local veterans.