Small Busi­ness Satur­day kicks off shop­ping sea­son

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­[email protected]­tu­ry­media.com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN >> Hol­i­day cheer was in the air Nov. 23 as the Christ­mas sea­son kicked off in Pottstown.

Lights and rein­deer could be seen along High Street as car­ols were sung and fam­i­lies made their way around to dif­fer­ent shops dur­ing Home­town Hol­i­days and Small Busi­ness Satur­day.

The an­nual event, which serves as fun start to the hol­i­day sea­son, of­fered a va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment for fam­i­lies to en­joy through­out the day. A Story Walk and Scav­enger Hunt start­ing at the Pottstown Down­town Im­prove­ment Dis­trict was avail­able for kids to en­joy.

Along the way, col­or­ing crafts were of­fered at Bev­erly’s Pas­try Shop while gift wrap­ping ser­vices were avail­able at Steel River Play­house. Kids were also wel­come to take part in a tree dec­o­rat­ing party hap­pen­ing at Red Cloud Kung Fu and a gin­ger­bread house dec­o­rat­ing con­test held at Oper­a­tion Back­pack.

“We were asked if our space could be used to hold the gin­ger­bread house con­test and we of course said, ‘No prob­lem.’ We love to par­tic­i­pate in any­thing for Pottstown,” said Lisa Hev­erly, who was help­ing run the gin­ger­bread house dec­o­rat­ing con­test. “I think to­day there’s all kinds of stuff go­ing on.”

Fam­i­lies also had a chance to have their pic­ture taken with Santa Claus, meet with Mrs. Claus and could even take a free ride to the Pottstown Carousel by trol­ley.

“I think it’s im­por­tant be­cause we’re build­ing com­mu­nity and we’re let­ting other peo­ple know out­side of Pottstown and here that there’s al­ways lots of fun stuff to do here and that it’s a safe place and they can come out and en­joy the beau­ti­ful stuff that’s go­ing on down­town,” said Hev­erly.

The hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties gave res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore down­town small busi­nesses while en­joy­ing all the hol­i­day sea­son has to of­fer. Small Busi­ness Satur­day, a day to cel­e­brate and sup­port small busi­nesses and all they do for their com­mu­ni­ties, was in­cor­po­rated into the day’s events.

Small busi­nesses in the area in­clud­ing Blue Zen Well­ness Col­lec­tive, Grumpy’s Hand­carved Sand­wiches, Stu­dio 36, Lily’s Grill and more were of­fer­ing dis­counts to cus­tomers for shop­ping small.

Later in the evening, guests could en­joy even more ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a wine tast­ing event at Grumpy’s and a food and wine sam­pling at the Pottstown Down­town Im­prove­ment Dis­trict.

More events are planned for down­town through­out the re­main­der of No­vem­ber and De­cem­ber.

To learn more visit down­town­pottstown.org

MAR­IAN DEN­NIS — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

RedCloud Kung Fu hosted a tree dec­o­rat­ing party for kids as part of the Home­town Hol­i­days cel­e­bra­tion in Pottstown.

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