By Meg Upton
This year marks the 35th annual Holiday Open House that Crescent Country in Crescent Mills and Sterling Sage in Greenville collaborate on to kick off the holiday season.
Nov. 6 through 8, both businesses will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with both stores decked out for holiday shopping.
The two shops feature an array of Christmas ornaments and decorations. It’s a rite of the season in Indian Valley to visit the beautifully decorated trees in each shop and add a couple of new ornaments to family Christmas traditions. This year has special significance for Sterling Sage.
“For over 22 years it has been our pleasure to serve you. Those that have entered our door are not only customers, but have become family. We are so thankful for all the memories and years of support. Please come join in the fun as we celebrate our last holiday season at Sterling Sage,” said proprietor Josh Huddleston. The store is closing for good at the end of the 2020.
At Sterling Sage those who bring in their postcards mailed out earlier in the month can bring them in to enter a drawing for a $200 “Spirit of the Season” gift basket raffle. “We will be offering each customer the chance at drawing for their discount. Customers have a chance of having 5 percent to 50 percent off storewide,” Huddleston said.
Crescent Country’s Lisa Forcino is proud to continue the tradition her mother started 35 years ago.
“Samples will be carefully available. Crescent Country gives out $25 gift certificates nightly to a lucky shopper,” said proprietor Forcino.
Chester Chamber of Commerce is doing its tour the same weekend and has included Indian Valley and its stores on its map.
Forcino adds that Crescent Country’s First Saturday Market has been a very successful event so that weather permitting, there will be a last one of the season on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. in the Crescent Country parking lot. Forcino will be serving her famous holiday wassail.
Huddleston added that masks will be required when entering and are also available to those that forget theirs. Hand sanitizer is available for shoppers as well. They will be limiting the number of shoppers in the store at one time. This year they will be serving their ‘tasty goodies’ — mini pancakes and beverages — outside.