Open houses bring holiday style to town

Holiday greenery catches the eye of Barbara Dixon, left, and Shirley Schooley, who shopped at Linda’s Floral and Gift in Richmond Friday. Seven businesses and a church participated in the event. (Photos by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

Businesses dressed in holiday style for the 30th annual Richmond Christmas Open House over the weekend. The event coincided with the beginning of deer season to give wives –  and shoppers – a fun weekend of their own. Store owners say they had good crowds on Friday and Saturday morning.

Participating businesses included 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 Richmond Baptist Church’s fundraiser for Salvation Army.

“We had quite a few people today (Friday) and the warm weather – you can’t beat that. It let people get out, ” said Linda Leach, owner of Linda’s Floral and Gifts.  She and floral designer Jackie Stanton have been working since September creating holiday wreaths, centerpieces and other items, she said. During the past week, the store transformed from fall to Christmas with greenery, themed trees, ornaments and other gift items.

Lynne’s Gifts and More also reported a good turnout.

“We had lots of new customers,” owner Lynne Pearson said, who has revamped her shop, just off Business Highway 10.

“Not one thing has gone untouched,” Pearson said.  The store features unique home décor items, nostalgic Christmas ornaments and lanterns, mercury silver vases and candles.

A steady stream flocked to the chamber’s Christmas Extravaganza, a display of themed Christmas trees, wreaths and gift baskets that will be raffled after the Christmas Light Parade on Thursday, Nov. 29.


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