Millersburg gets into holiday spirit on Soiree Saturday

By KELLEY MOHR Staff Writer Published:

Shop for Christmas at small businesses during Soirée Saturday, a holiday open house in Millersburg running from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with some stores open even later.

"Soirée Saturday is Millersburg's Christmas open house," explained Historic Downtown Millersburg Executive Director Tara McCulloch. "It's an excellent opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and really get into the holiday spirit."

Shoppers can shop locally as Millersburg's merchants offer deals, treats and entertainment.

"Nearly every store in the downtown will be open and fully decorated for Christmas. Many of them will be offering refreshments, entertainment and special sales."

For example, Bookworms will have in-store specials and serve sparkling grape juice and truffles, as well as have the Church of God's worship team performing live Christmas carols.

Jackson Street Gallery and the Jewelry Store are both offering a 20 percent off sale throughout the store and Starlight Antiques will be open till 10 p.m. featuring sales on gift items and antiques, free gift wrapping and double frequent shoppers punches.

Young Music and Sound is offering 30 percent off all pianos, 20 percent off guitars and 10 percent off accessories, while Young Uniforms & Scrubs has half off embroidery with purchase and Egyptian cotton sheets for $20.

Hotel Millersburg will have half price strawberry daiquiris until 10 p.m.

Light for My Path Candles, the new ownership of Walnut Creek Candles, is offering an after Thanksgiving sale of 50 percent off most gift items. Lux Hair Studio will feature exclusive sale prices 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with 30 percent off hair products.

Village Antiques, Pioneer Loft, Millersburg Glass & Collectibles and other stores will also be offering deals and treats.

"Millersburg is already lit up and beautiful in the evening," said McCulloch, who thanked the Millersburg Lions Club for carrying on the tradition of putting up Christmas lights. All the stores have decked the halls too, so it will be a nice evening to be in town supporting the community, supporting the stores and getting some Christmas shopping done with some good deals."

In addition, festive holiday carols will be playing over the downtown loudspeakers.

The evening is being held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday -- a recognized day between Black Friday and Cyber Monday dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide -- Soirée Saturday is about having fun while supporting local merchants.

"Small businesses are actually the biggest employer in the U.S. Statistically, they give more money back to the community and small business owners have the tendency to get their supplies from other local businesses. More money stays in the community, supports other local businesses, employees many people and creates a tax revenue for local governments," explained McCulloch. "It just makes sense to support the people who are your neighbors, the people who you know. You get personal service with a smile."

Shoppers can also take the opportunity to purchase or use their "Be Focal, Buy Local" shop local totes.

"It is an excellent time to pick up a buy local bag and use those bags in the participating stores," said McCulloch, explaining that customers can purchase the bags for $1 or receive it for free with a minimum purchase, depending upon the participating store. "Some stores are going to be offering additional sales in addition to the ones they are already offering in conjunction with the buy local bags. It's a really good night to go into the stores and ask what each of the specials are."

At Soirée Saturday, shoppers can find a gift for everyone on his or her Christmas list in Millersburg's small businesses, said McCulloch.

"When you come to town and walk around, you'll find that almost everything you need to buy you can buy in Millersburg," she said. "Remember your local businesses when you are deciding where to shop."

Reporter Kelley Mohr can be reached at 330-674-5676 or kmohr@the-daily-record.com.

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