A customer admires Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts’ Christmas display Saturday. Owner Marsha Hanks estimated the store had between 300-400 visitors during the Dadeville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House held Nov. 3-4. | Laura Pemberton

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Dadeville Open House proves successful

Published 2:29pm Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Dadeville businesses showed off their holiday best Saturday and Sunday for the Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Open House.

Several businesses participated including: The Blue Hydrangea, H&R Block, LaKay’s Flowers and Gifts, Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts, Mix it Up! at Lake Martin, Old Bank Antiques, Plantation House, Tallapoosee Historical Society, Aliant Bank, PNC Bank and Pentecostals of Dadeville.

“We had a marvelous open house,” said Patricia Knox of LaKay’s Flowers and Gifts. “We had a great turnout.”

Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts’ owner Marsha Hanks said they also had a great turnout.

“I think we had between 300 and 400 people come in over the weekend,” said Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts’ owner Marsha Hanks. “It was wonderful and very successful.”

Hanks said she and floral designer Donna McCain worked for weeks to decorate for Christmas. The gift shop features various Christmas trees with themes such as a traditional tree with red and green ornaments, nature tree with assorted animal ornaments, an elegant tree with glass ornaments and even a colorful children’s tree.

“We used a lot of owl ornaments,” Hanks said. “Owls are big this season, and the children’s tree is a child’s delight.”

Hanks said some of Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts’ most popular items this season are ornaments, women’s clothing, jewelry and candles.

“We’re the exclusive Habersham Candle Company dealer, and that has been our biggest seller in the shop,” Hanks said. “They’re beautiful, and they last forever. It’s a piece of art.”

Marsha Hartness of Old Banks Antiques said she has participated in the open house for six years and likes the changes made this year.

“This was the first year it has been a Saturday and Sunday event,” Hartness said. “I liked having it over the weekend. We had two good days of sales.”

Hartness said the Christmas open house has become more than just shopping in Dadeville.

“It has become a tradition,” Hartness said. “People look forward to it, and it’s become a real social event. We see some of the same people from year to year, but there are always new faces, too. I’m always meeting new people.”

Dadeville Chamber Executive Administrator Betty Litsey said she thought this year’s open house was successful.

“I haven’t gotten any feedback from businesses yet, but it seemed busy,” Litsey said. “I think it went well.”