Christmas season is around the corner

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Area business prepare to welcome public to Open Houses

Halloween costumes went back in the closet and Christmas festivities are kicking off with the annual Open House events.

On Saturday, local businesses will open their doors for traditional holiday shopping.

Carey’s Cassville Florist did cancel its Open House scheduled for Saturday, but it will be releasing information shortly for a virtual sale in a couple of weeks.

Christy Holenda, owner of Rusty Gate, said her Open House will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We will have door prizes and drawings,” she said. “We hope all of our vendors will run sales as well. There will be pre-packaged snacks available.”

Holenda said so far, they have not required masks, but at the Open House, people will be asked to follow guidelines.

“It is up to the customer,” she said. “Usually, we have a lot of people in, as a lot of people travel to our Open House.”

Currently, Rusty Gate has 60 vendors.

Valerie Speer, owner of Forever Yours Embroidery, said Her Open House will be on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We will have hourly drawings for a percentage off at the register,” she said. “We have lots of new items to choose from. Get your orders in early.”

Mattie Stephenson, manager at Tomblin’s Jewelry and Gifts, said the Open House will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We are having door prizes and percentages off,” she said. “Also, the first 100 people get a free ornament.”

Joey McIntyre, with the Pink Zebra Boutique, said her Open House will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

“We are doing a free gift with every purchase,” she said. “We will have sales storewide and door prizes.”

The Pink Zebra is putting out new arrivals at 10 a.m, noon and 2 p.m.

“This includes Christmas items, as well as everyday wear for kids and adults,” she said. “We are excited for the kick-off to holiday shopping and for people to shop more locally.”

People can follow the Facebook page at for pre-sales all this week.

Mike Parsons, owner of the Ole’ Home Place Flea Market and Antiques, said the scheduled Open House on Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“There will be drawings for door prizes,” he said. “We will be offering pre-packaged snacks, as well.”

Currently Ole’ Home Place Flea Market and Antiques has 62 vendors.

“Some of them will have their own sales,” Parsons said. “Come in and look at what we have. We have everything from antique furniture to more modern stuff — a little bit of everything.

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