Holiday Kick Off in Maplewood Village
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas a little earlier this year in Maplewood Village
Maplewood Village was aglow with holiday spirit as merchants celebrated the beginning of the shopping season with a festive Holiday Kickoff on Saturday, November 13.
You heard right. Not to be outdone by all the national retailers who have already begun aggressive holiday marketing campaigns and offers of free shipping, our own local shop owners are getting the holiday gear. . . well, in gear a couple of weeks early this year.
On Baker Street, Village Belle, was selling warm sweaters, hats, leggings and gloves to keep girls of all ages cozy this winter season. Delicious samples from Sofie's Tarts were being tasted and raved about by customers. Eileen Dilly, of Bee & Thistle, was more than happy to show me all of the beautiful holiday treasures they have for sale—the guest towels adorned with Christmas trees were my favorite. At The Tenth Muse, jewelry and art was displayed around the store in gorgeous, festive arrangements. Shed offered beautifully embellished ornaments for sale. Truly Yours could fill all your holiday card needs with an abundance of lovely seasonal stationery. And Acting With Emily was offering a "1 + 1 = FREE" special. Pay for one and bring a guest along for free.
On Highland Place, Little One & Co. had beautiful sweater sets, dresses and hats on display. Walking into Perch Home was like walking into a winter wonderland with gifts and ornaments galore in dazzling holiday splendor—plus delicious cupcakes from Cupcake Corral were available to all of their guests for the kick-off event.
Mrs. Claus, aka, Camille was outside of The Maplewood Stationers selling her festive cupcakes. Also on display are Hanukkah Cards as well as a large assortment of boxed Christmas cards. No. 165 was sparkling with ornaments, unique holiday gifts and household decorations, along with lots of holiday spirit. Village Wine Shop took things up a notch with a wine tasting including a delicious Portuguese wine paired with some tasty cheese. Jerry Rose was decorated beautifully with unique arrangements of flowers, trees and decorations that spilled out onto the sidewalk. KoKoRo, Hopscotch and Scriveners rounded out the top tier of holiday displays.
And, to think—Dickens Village won't even open until December 4! How much more festive can things get?