With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, businesses in downtown Fremont are gearing up for the holiday season with events geared toward the most wonderful time of the year.
For local quilt shop Country Traditions, located at 330 North Main, the holiday season comes with a variety of events and sales for those looking for Christmas gifts and decorations.
Next week, Country Traditions will be holding its annual Deck the Halls Christmas sale and Holiday Open House from Thursday, November 9th through the 11th.
“We are decking the halls and getting the store all ready for the holidays, which is 53 days after today (Friday) already. So we are just showcasing all of our new stuff,” Leslie Main, owner of Country Traditions, said.
For the Holiday Open House, Country Traditions will feature live Christmas music as well as a number of sales, sewing and decorating demonstrations.
“Besides the live music we usually do demonstrations that involve how to decorate trees, table settings, and other holiday related projects,” Main said.
The store will be decorated with all Country Tradition’s holiday merchandise, which includes more than a dozen uniquely decorated Christmas trees.
“All of our holiday merchandise will be out by Wednesday (Nov. 8), we usually put 15 trees up in the store,” Main said.
Along with plenty of holiday themed fabrics and sewing projects, the store also features a wide variety of ornaments and other holiday decorations.
For the event, Country Traditions will be offering a BOGO sale on select Christmas gifts and home décor as well as a Crazy Batik, and Cozy Flannel fabric sale.
From November 9th through 11th, customers can receive 30 percent off select Batik and Flannel fabrics.
On Thursday, November 9th along with live music, the store will also remain open later than usual for the holiday event.
“We have not been open Thursday nights all summer, so this is a special Thursday evening,” Main said. “Our traffic has really died down in the evening, but there are still people that like to come especially for special events to come hang out.”
Along with the Deck the Halls event, the store will also be featuring several other sales and events focused on the holidays over the next two months.
The stores Early Bird sales event runs from November 1st through 22nd and provides customers with 25 percent off select sewing machines including the Performance 5.2, Quilt Expression 4.2. There is also 30 percent off select Sergers machines.
The store also participated in the 2017 Community Days event which provides funds for local charities through coupons that are good at select retail store in downtown Fremont through November 4th.
For the Community Days event participating local businesses partnered with local charities by creating coupon books that the charities could sell to raise funds for their various missions.
The coupon books, which were $5, could be used at any of the participating local businesses from November 2nd through 4th.
“The full profit of the coupon book went to the charities and this is the weekend they could come in and redeem those,” Main said. “We printed 1,600 coupon books and they went out, and the only criteria was that the charity had to be local, and if they sold all of them that would be 10,000 total for each of the charities.”
Other participating businesses included Corner Bar, Fia and Belle, Lou’s Sporting Goods, Park Avenue Antiques, Polymath Cyber Café, Wine Experience, and Wise Olde Owl.
The coupon books benefitted such local charities as The Bridge, Habitat for Humanity, Life Choices, Quilts of Valor, Hope Center, FurEver Home Inc., Humane Society, Fremont United Way, Fremont Force White Softball Team, Fremont Wrestling Club and Fremont Art Association.
“So far yesterday (Thursday) we did half of the volume as last year, and that was the first day of the three day event,” Main said. “So that’s a lot of great funds coming in to town.”