Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Retail open house begins Friday

November 18, 2004

Linda Guss is hoping Baldwin residents remember local businesses when they're doing their holiday shopping.

So in an effort to help remind shoppers, several Baldwin businesses are having their annual holiday retail open house.

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"We're trying to get local people to know we're here," Guss, co-owner of Vintage Flea Antiques, said. "Plus, we're trying to draw people in from Lawrence and Kansas City."

The holiday open house is set for two weekends, beginning Friday. Several local businesses will be open for the open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The open house will also run the same hours from Dec. 3-5.

Stores included in the open house are Antiques on the Prairie, Bittersweet Vine, Cranberry Market, C. Designs Floral and Gift, Discoveries, Design Specialties, Espress Yourself, Lumberyard Arts Center, Quilter's Paradise, Solomons Antiques and Vintage Flea.

Guss said the stores will be decorated for the holidays, and each business will offer something unique, whether it's food, a drawing or special discounts.

"We want to show that we have some really nice shops," she said. "We each are working really hard to make ours stores unique and attractive."

Christy Carlisle, owner of C. Designs, agreed and said many of the stores feature items that are hard to find elsewhere.

"We try not to carry what you can find at everyday Joe stores," she said.

Carlisle said the number of Baldwin businesses have grown, which has only added to the variety of items available to shoppers.

"What a great selection of gift opportunities in town now," she said. "Each of the stores here are very unique."

She encouraged families to take advantage of the retail open house.

"There's no reason not to bring the families," she said. "It's a good time."

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