Wendy Hodge paints the face of a little girl who came to Mix It Up! during Dadeville's Christmas Open House.
Wendy Hodge paints the face of a little girl who came to Mix It Up! during Dadeville's Christmas Open House.

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Open House launches Dadeville Christmas blitz

Published 2:20am Thursday, November 7, 2013

Downtown Dadeville was bustling last weekend for the city’s Christmas Open House.

The event comprised 13 businesses – Old Bank Antiques, The Blue Hydrangea, LaKay’s Flowers and Gifts, Lake Martin Flowers and Gifts, Mix It Up! At Lake Martin, Plantation House, H&R Block, Aliant Bank, PNC Bank, Lakeside Mercantile, Shoreline Styles Window Decor, the Tallapoosa County Museum and the Pentecostals of Dadeville – showing off their holiday wares on both Saturday and Sunday.

“I think we’ve had the best sales day ever, so that’s wonderful,” said Lori Peck, owner of The Blue Hydrangea.

Peck credited the chamber’s push on social media and within the community as “stirring a lot” of interest in the annual event.

“I think we’ve also been here a while, so we’re starting to get known a little bit,” Peck added.

“We were really amazed Saturday,” said Amy Meadors, who runs the children’s shop Flutterflies, housed in the back rooms of The Blue Hydrangea. “Usually we have a lot of traffic on Sunday, and it’s been like that both days this year.”

Meadors added she had seen a lot of new faces, including people “from out of town and people who just bought lake houses.”

Many businesses also offered refreshments or activities, such as Mix It Up! At Lake Martin.

Mix It Up! owner Wendy Hodge said the open house was the first in multiple events her business would participate in or host for the holiday season.

“We had a really good turnout for Trunk Or Treat, and we’ve had good traffic today,” Hodge said. “We’ve done free face painting, make-your-own ornaments and decorate-a-sugar-cookie. It’s been good fun – it’s always good to kick it off and put some Christmas music on.”

Overall, Chamber Executive Director Betty Litsey said the weekend was a huge success, thanks to the “faithful, unique businesses that we have in this area.”

“I’m grateful beyond words to all of the customers,” Litsey said. “We have the most unique little shops here – and so many of them. You could go to Atlanta and not find so many.”

David Goodwin contributed to this report.