The Princeton-Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a Holiday Open House today (Saturday) and Sunday at participating businesses.
Businesses taking part in the Holiday Open House include B&C Unique Boutique, Bella Marie Boutique, Blooms by the Brooke, Brantley Furniture, The Cat’s Tale, Cozy Living Interior and Boutique, Princeton’s Joseph’s Storage Bin, The Joshua Tree Boutique, MJ’s Lattes, Princeton Drug Store, Service Plus Princeton, Tin Roof, Treasures Remembered and West Market.
The open house event will take place during the regular hours of the participating businesses.
“Some stores are open on Sunday,” said Chad Oliver, the executive director of the chamber. “We primarily did Sunday so if any restaurants happen to want to participate, they can. And, we do have some businesses that will be open on Sunday.”
Oliver said that the participating businesses would provide discounts throughout the days, allowing people to get an early jump on Christmas shopping while shopping locally.
“We’re doing a big Facebook promotion on it, promoting all the businesses that are participating,” he said. “On Saturday, I am going to go from business to business — those that are participating — and do a live Facebook video from each business, and they’re going to tell you about their business, what they have to offer, any specials, sales and giveaways.”
People are invited to follow the live Facebook broadcasts at the chamber’s page.
“(The Holiday Open House) is something locally to bring notice back to our community,” he said. “It’s a great weekend to do it, too. I think we’re going to have some good weather for it.
“We’re hoping it will bring some cheer during this time. From what I’ve seen, the participating businesses will have some good sales and deals going on.”
Oliver said that this was the first year for the chamber to sponsor the Holiday Open House on its own.
“In years past, the chamber has gone in with the Times Leader or maybe a different business would hold something,” he said. “This is the first year that the chamber is doing it on its own, promoting itself and the businesses through its blast email, Facebook and Instagram.
“This is something that we really want to do. We’ve changed the chamber up a lot. We’ve changed our bylaws and are trying to do more promoting online, and you’ll see a lot of businesses doing it. They’ll have flash sales online with a Facebook video, for example. We’re trying to upgrade the chamber and show that we’re active and these businesses are active and to draw everybody back into our community to shop.”
Oliver said that the chamber would also have a “Shop Small” promotion on Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving.