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Dadeville businesses unwrap Christmas shopping season

Published 6:51pm Thursday, October 31, 2013

No sooner than the cobwebs and spooky decor come down, members of the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce are gearing up for the holiday shopping season.

Dozens of local businesses will participate in this weekend’s Dadeville Christmas Open House, sponsored by the local chamber. There will be gift giveaways, store-wide discounts and door prizes at many local businesses throughout the day Saturday and Sunday.

“Dadeville has some of the most unique shops you will ever visit,” said Betty Litsey, executive administrator of the Dadeville Chamber. “Just travel around and take a look. You’ll be totally amazed at the variety and uniqueness of the businesses here.”

Saturday and Sunday, businesses from downtown Dadeville to Walnut Creek, and the shores of Lake Martin will shift the holiday season into overdrive.

Santa Claus will make a quick trip south to Flutterflies at the Blue Hydrangea, where he can hear childrens’ Christmas wishes and autograph copies of The Polar Express and other books. Over at Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts, local artist Jeffrey Long will be on hand around lunch time Saturday to meet customers and autograph his handmade works. There will be refreshments and other treats at many of the area’s other businesses, Litsey said.

Litsey said getting their Christmas deals out early is a necessity for small-town merchants like the members of the Dadeville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“If the businesses don’t get their Christmas stuff out around the first of November, they lose out on a lot of the season,” she said. “Economically, it’s more beneficial for them to get their Christmas merchandise out and let people know what they have.”

The discounts and door prizes get people in the door, she said, so they’ll know what the area has to offer as they work up their budgets and wish lists for the holidays. It also catches those lake and city resident who like to get a head start on their shopping list.

Participating Merchants

-Old Bank Antiques, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-7500

- The Blue Hydrangea, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-0967 — Along with Flutterflies books, the open house will include a visit from Santa, who can autograph any purchase. A free sleigh bell is included with every purchase of The Polar Express.

- LaKay’s Flowers & Gifts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-2890

- Lake Martin Flowers & Gifts, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-9998 — Every customer to visit Saturday or Sunday will be given a small gift, and door prizes will be offered both days. Jeffrey Long of Jeffrey Long Designs will be at Open House on Sunday, Nov. 3.  He will be signing purchases of his merchandise.

- Mix It Up, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-6408

- Plantation House, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-7970 — Refreshments, drawings and prizes.

- H&R Block, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-4931 — Refreshments and a drawing for free tax preparation.

- Aliant Bank, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, (256) 215-7300 — Refreshments and door prizes.

- PNC Bank, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, (256) 825-4284

- Lakeside Mercantile, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, (334) 850-6357 — Multi-vendor indoor/outdoor event.

- Shoreline Styles Window Décor, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, (256) 373-3037

- Tallapoosa County Museum, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, (256) 825-4687

-Pentecostals of Dadeville, 1-5 p.m., (256) 675-6499 — Homemade items, jellies and jams.