Every year, the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping gets more and more stressful. Long car rides, endless checkout lines, cranky shoppers, it’s no wonder the holiday season gets overwhelming. What if you were offered the chance to shop in your own hometown, and make purchases from familiar and friendly faces? The Ellington Chamber of Commerce is doing just that. Mark your calendars for December 1, because the Chamber will be hosting their first ever Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll. This event will consist of a full evening where members of the community are encouraged to shop local. Going from 4PM to 8PM, businesses throughout town will stay open later in order to accommodate those who work late or simply get a late start. This event not only promises the opportunity to shop at local businesses, but also to purchase from local people. Vendors that sell products through other companies will also be welcomed to set up shop and sell their products.
In a day and age where more shopping is done online than in-store, it is important to shop local when you can. All of the revenue processed during this event will circulate directly back into the community. By shopping at your local boutiques, salons, and family-owned businesses, you are contributing back to the commerce of the city, and therefore growing the economy of the community. Businesses and vendors are getting the opportunity to expand their market and improve their sales while shoppers are purchasing from the people they know in the comfort of their own community. So mark your calendar for December 1, dress warm, and get ready to shop at this year’s Holly Jolly Holiday Stroll. There is no entry fee, but in order to ensure everyone has adequate space, the Chamber encourages you to let them know if you intend for your business to participate. If you’re interested in having your local business participate or wish to be a local vendor, you’re encouraged to call the Ellington Chamber of Commerce President Christy Roberts at 573-663- 7877, space is limited for vendors.