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Garrettsville Area Chamber Tree Lighting Set for Nov. 24th

Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce will hold their Annual Tree and Clock Tower Lighting Ceremony on Saturday night, November 24, 2012. The lighting ceremony will begin at 6pm however if the weather permits horse and carriage rides will begin at 5 pm and run until 7pm. Besides the tree lighting, hot cocoa and cookies will be served by McDonalds, and Mrs. Claus will be at the Village Book Store reading stories to the boys and girls before and after the lighting ceremony. Debbie Darling will lead everyone in a Christmas Carol sing-a-long as we usher in the holiday season.  The children will have the opportunity to see Santa arrive on a fire truck and then be able to tell him all their holiday desires.

To coincide with the holiday season, Garrettsville Area Chamber of Commerce once again is promoting local shopping with their Christmas on Main program that began November 2, 2012 and will run until December 15, 2012 The shop-local promotion works like this: each shopper can pick up a card at area merchants and every time they spend $5 at participating local merchants they will receive a stamp on their card. When the card is full of stamps, they can return it to an area merchant and it will be entered in a drawing for $500 to be spent at participating Garrettsville merchants. Cards must be returned by Monday December 17th to be entered in the drawings to take place at the Chamber of Commerce December meeting. Besides the $500 shopping money, they will award a poinsettia lottery tree to the second place winner.

This year’s participants are Art-N-Flower, Cal’s, Candlelight Winery, Cellar Winery, Charles Auto Family, Chic-N-Shabby, Dairy Queen, Denette’s Golden Mirror, Enchanted Books, Garrettsville Animal Hospital, Garrettsville Cinema, Garrettsville Hardware, Garrettsville McDonalds,  Geauga Vision,  GeeVille Auto, G-Plex, IGA, Italian Garden, Kepich Ford, Main Street Grille & Brewing Company, Miller’s Family Restaurant, Monroe’s Orchards, New Hearing Sales and Service, One Real Peach, Roller Hutt, S&K Sales, Save 4 Store, Sean’s Pub, Shaker Tree, Sky Lanes, Slim n Jumbo’s, State Street Salon, Sugar Bush Golf Club,  T&B Tools, That’s The Spirit,  The Bay Window,  The Brick, The Business Works, The Hiram Inn, The Weekly Villager,  Water Fall  Antiques, Village Book Store, and Villager Printing. Participating businesses are listed on the card and will also have a poster displayed in their window.

One can find just about everything on their list and never have to leave town to do so. If you’re unfamiliar with the local merchants, now is the time to remedy that. So let’s get started discovering the treasures right here in your own back yard. Need a unique gift, something that is one-of-a-kind? Look no further than Shaker Tree, That’s The Spirit, Cellar Winery or Candlelight Winery, One Real Peach, Business Works, Monroe’s Orchard, Village Bookstore or have custom invitations, Christmas cards or clothing done at Villager Printing. Like to be active? Try Sky Lanes Bowling, G-Plex or Roller Hutt. They all offer gift cards and will keep you and those on your list on the move. Is entertainment your thing? Try Garrettsville Cinema. Who wouldn’t want movie passes for a gift?  How about a night out from behind the stove? Main Street Grille and Brewing Company, Miller’s Family Restaurant, Sean’s Pub, Cals, Italian Garden, Slim and Jumbos, or The Brick can fill that need.  Now if one has kids to buy for, how about McDonalds, or Dairy Queen gift cards. Just stop in for a treat while out shopping. For the guy on your list, look no further than T&B Tools, and Garrettsville Hardware.  Do you have someone who seems to have selective hearing on your list? New Hearing Sales and Service can help with that. Ok, everyone needs a new holiday do. Denette’s Golden Mirror or State Street Salon can fix you right up. If all the holiday hoopla has you needing a break, spend a relaxing night or two at the Hiram Inn or send a friend there for a nice get away. Don’t forget Fluffy and Fido. The Garrettsville Animal Hospital can help you out with them. Need decorating ideas, fresh flowers, candles or gift baskets? Look no further than the Bay Window and Art-N-Flowers they can brighten up your home or a make a friend’s day. You can find vintage items at Waterfall Antiques and Chic-N-Shabby along with re-purposed furniture, children’s clothing and more. For all your holiday food needs, fruit baskets, cookie trays and beverages can be found at the local IGA. Don’t forget, it may be nice now, but snow will be flying soon, so if you’re looking for snow removal equipment or great early bird prices on lawn care equipment check out S&K Sales. If all these options have you seeing double, check out Geauga Vision, they will have a remedy for that.

Clearly, just about everything on your list can be found right here. Your challenge is to shop local. Discover that you do not have to leave town to be the perfect Santa. Gather the children, and neighbors, and plan to  attend the lighting ceremony and get a good jump on your holiday shopping by supporting the small businesses in our community.

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Denise Bly has been a correspondent for the Weekly Villager for five years. She also does the public relations for Garrettsville SummerFest and the Garrettsville Area Chamber. In her spare time, she can be found at most local events, especially J.A. Garfield’s, high school and middle school athletic and musical events. When not out and about in the community, she can be found at home reading, sewing, cooking and spending time with her family.