By Janet Jacobs
With all that’s going on in Corsicana Friday evening, downtown shop-keepers are going to stay open late and host an open house, according to members of the newly reformed downtown merchants association.
That evening, the Palace will host two Christmas concerts from Ball in the House, an all-male a capella group from Boston; while the Warehouse is hosting the children’s play “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer.”
Hoping to attract the crowds already downtown to do some shopping, stores such as Always in Bloom, Pack N Mail, Copy Center and Supplies, Clint’s Jewelers, ArtisticEdge Studio, Central Garage auto repair, and others will be open that evening. Many, such as Grave Creek Mercantile, are rolling out the red carpet with refreshments, while others are offering specials for just that evening. Pack ‘n Mail is offering 20 percent off on all gift items from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. that night.
At Always in Bloom, a florist/gift shop, there are 30 Christmas trees in various themes set up inside the shop to help people get into the holiday mood. The store will be open until 8 p.m. that evening, according to Crystal Maddox, manager.
“We’re going to have it where people can come through, and we’ll have items on special, like ornaments and things,” she said. “It’s mostly to give people who haven’t come through to have a chance to see us, and to help them with any ideas they need for Christmas.”
Certainly one attraction will be a large gift basket give-away. Each merchant has contributed something fun or delicious to the basket, which customers can register for that night in the various shops.
Artistic Edge is also going to be open late Saturday night following the Christmas parade, said owner Becka Tomberlin.
Hosting an open house is ambitious and admirable, considering how new the group is, said Malinda Veldman, Main Street Director.
“The downtown association has met twice so far, and they just didn’t want to miss an opportunity to do something during the holidays,” Veldman said. “This just marks the first promotional event of what I’m sure will be a whole calendar of events planned for the upcoming year.”
Downtown will have plenty of opportunities for entertainment that night, with the two shows at the Palace and one at the Warehouse, four restaurants now serving dinner, and the coffee shop, Veldman said.
“We have quite a few evening events going on, and it gives the merchants an opportunity to extend their hours and see who might come in for a visit,” she said. “It’s exciting to have evening activities downtown again.”
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Rudolph at the Warehouse
7 p.m. Thursday and Friday
2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday
2:30 p.m. Sunday
Downtown Open House
5 to 8 p.m. Friday
Register for prizes at various
merchants. Winners announced at Festival of Lights Saturday night.
Children’s play opens tonight, downtown open house Friday
By Janet Jacobs
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