Annual Christmas Open House


Christmas? Yes, but it’s October, I know. Every year the annual Christmas Open House for downtown is the first Friday and Saturday of November. Why? Not sure. Well, I take that back, I did ask one year. The response was we are small, and in order to capture the audience of our customers before they spend all their money with the big box stores we need to do it the first weekend of November. So, I apologize we bring forth Christmas two days after Halloween, and 3 weeks before Thanksgiving, but we don’t say Merry Christmas in July like Hobby Lobby or Happy Labor Day such as Target, Wal-Mart, Menards. So, remember us, smaller folks, who keep the money made in the local economy. When you shop local you aren’t buying a 3rd, 4th, or 5th vacation home for some big CEO, you’re buying dance classes for a little girl (which is very true, btw.)

So, on Friday, November 2nd join us at Smith’s Infusion from 4-7pm and meet the makers of Clover Valley Farm in Duluth, MN while they bring us their ENTIRE product line as we currently only carry two of their shrubs, their gift boxes of infused vinegars and their herb salts. They carry so much more such as more variety of shrubs, individual bottles of infused vinegars, mustards and more. We’ll also be handing out flyers as they will be back on Saturday, January 12th from 10a-1p to teach interested folks on how to make your own vinegars, that class is $25 per person.

Jill Gilley from Gilley’s Naturals will also be in house that night as well as all day the following day with a full array of her products as well as samples of her products. If you are someone who’s been wanting to learn about essential oils, how to use them, when to use them, if they can help with common ailments, Jill’s your gal to ask these questions!

Last but not least we will have Usborne Books in the house, yes, really. You can look online here: anyone who purchases $50 worth of books will go into a drawing to get an additional $50 worth of books of your choosing. These books are perfect for children of any age. If you don’t have any children in your life but would like to get some books anyways they are a great gift for toys for tot drives or angel trees through out town via the Salvation Army or local churches. Usborne Books will be in house both Friday night and Saturday all day to look at books, buy books, and order books.

Those are our headliners for the weekend. Though our artists from all over the state will also be pulling up their sleeves and rolling out everything they can for you. Our new jam and jelly lady who also makes dips and mixes will have a full spread of samples for your sampling pleasures. Three River’s Farms will have samples available of their syrups. Many of our make-n-take kits the favorites, the new and upcoming Christmas kits, will all be boxed up and ready to go as gifts or a fun kit to do at home. There are also ornaments kits that include 5 different ornament kits in each pack. Come on in and check out the sales and new items from all of our artists.