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By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
The goblins are gone.
But, Santa Claus will take their place at Richmond’s 30th Annual Christmas Open House, beginning this Friday.
The open house coincides with the beginning of deer season to give wives – and shoppers – a fun weekend of their own.
“You can keep your shopping in town and find a great gift,” said Lynn Pearson, owner of Lynne’s Gifts and More, who coordinates the event.
Participating businesses include Die Brot Pan Bakery, Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, Blairs Furniture, Linda’s Floral and Gifts, Lynne’s Gifts and More, All About Quilting, Hometown Pizza and Let Your Light Shine at the Richmond Baptist Church fellowship hall.
The festivities begin Friday morning with a sneak-peek of Richmond Chamber of Commerce’s Christmas Extravaganza beginning at 7:30 a.m. at their office, 104 West main. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited to attend, Renea Williams, chamber director said. Member-sponsored Christmas trees, wreaths and gift baskets will be decorated and available for the public to view. Raffle tickets are $1 each. Winners of the raffle will be announced at the Nov. 29 Christmas Light Parade and chamber Extravaganza on Richmond Square.
Williams said the chamber office extends its hours for this month – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The raffle ends at 6 p.m. Nov. 29.
Linda Leach, owner of Linda’s Floral, and her staff are hard at work decorating numerous themed Christmas trees in their store. The first 100 customers will leave with a “special gift,” Leach says.
Across the street at 108 Wollard Blvd., six home-based businesses will feature everything from body wraps, candles, jewelry and tutus at All About Quilting. Quilts of Valor, an organization that makes honor quilts for wounded soldiers and combat vets, will sell crafts as its fundraiser.
Blair’s Furniture, a long-time open house participant on Business Highway 10, will have in-store specials throughout the weekend.
Lynne’s Gifts and More, 1211 W. Main, will showcase nostalgic Christmas items, like mercury glass and popcorn ball ornaments, plus a new soy candle line and lots of new glassware.
Die Brot Pann Bakery, five miles north of Richmond on Highway 13, will feature fresh baked goods and an array of spices for holiday baking.
Two downtown locations, Richmond Baptist Church and Hometown Pizza, also get on the act. Antique lamps and lanterns, candlesticks, quilts and lit villages and nativities will be featured at the Baptist church fellowship hall. The event will also have live music and baked good and craft items for sale. Hometown Pizza offers items off the menu including homemade soups, salads and sandwiches.
Note: Most of the participating businesses won’t be open Sunday. Check with stores on hours.