November 9, 2012

Downtown merchant Christmas Open Houses are Nov. 15

London citizens asked to ‘Shop Local’

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — On Tuesday, Nov. 13, London Downtown is asking the public to start their gift hunting the right way with their “Shop Local Kick-Off” at the Members on Main luncheon at the London Community Center.  The luncheon will begin at noon with an opportunity for prizes and coupons from local businesses.

Local merchants and businesses will be present, offering a sneak peak at their new merchandise and unique gift items available for purchase throughout the holidays.  

“Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping,” said Chris Robinson, director of London Downtown.

The luncheon will be catered by Weaver’s Hot Dogs and the cost is $5 per person.  In addition to the luncheon giveaways, London Downtown will recognize Chicken Invasion sponsors and present the United Way of Laurel County with a donation.

“Christmas is coming up. We are going to celebrate the fact we have a beautiful downtown, and part of that is to celebrate with local downtown merchants,” said Susan Hodges, president of London Downtown.

In other London Downtown news, downtown merchants will host a Christmas Open House from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15. A $25 redeemable coupon will be available at participating stores, which include Bob’s Ready to Wear, Carousel Florist, Hill Street Loft, Mike’s Hike and Bike, Nana’s Necessities, Once Upon a Time Children Boutique, Paperdolls Ladies Boutique, Simply Irresistible, Silver Spoon Formals, Soothing Touch Therapeutic Massage and The Copper Penny.  

The coupon is available in today’s issue of the Sentinel-Echo, in participating stores and on the London Downtown Facebook page.  

While shopping locally, London Downtown encourages visitors to enjoy a meal at any downtown local restaurant or a sweet treat at Todd Strouse, Edward Jones Investments.

“We can shop locally, we can eat locally, spend locally and enjoy locally.  Isn’t that great that we can do all of that right here?” Hodges said.