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Shop local and save at Holiday Open House on North Shore

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Frankie & Julian’s owner Juliane O’Neal prepares to mark down her merchandise for shoppers attending the NorthShore Merchants Collective’s sixth annual Holiday Open House set for Nov. 16-18. Photo by Emily Crisman

The NorthShore Merchants Collective is holding its sixth annual Holiday Open House Friday, Nov. 16-Sunday, Nov. 18, just in time to find the perfect gifts before shops’ selections become picked through and the good stuff is gone.

“It’s lots of fun, and it pays to shop early for Christmas,” said Tina Harrison, owner of Blue Skies, which along with several other participating stores will be serving resfreshments in the shop that weekend.

The Collective’s approximately 50 member businesses will be offering special deals and discounts that weekend on everything from jewelry and art to pet treats, record albums, books and all kinds of clothing.

The holiday festivities will spill out onto the sidewalks of Frazier Avenue, where attendees will be treated to holiday entertainment and a window decorating competition.

Santa, relocated from Santa’s Northshore Workshop on Frazier Avenue, will be posing for photographs at the Knitting Mill this year during its regular business hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As shoppers find something special for their loved ones, they are also encouraged to donate a gift to someone less fortunate at collection boxes placed conveniently at five merchant locations including Frankie & Julian’s, Knitting Mill, Blue Skies, Chattanooga Theatre Centre and Sweet CeCe’s, said Juliane O’Neal, owner of Frankie & Julian’s.

Shopping at the Holiday Open House also helps the community. For every $100 spent in a locally owned independent store, $63 goes back into the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures, according to the 3/50 Project website, an independent “pro-local movement” that extolls the benefits of shopping locally. If the same amount is spent at a national chain, the return to the community drops to $43, and if the $100 is spent online, the community sees none of it, the website states.

“We really appreciate it when people support local businesses, and we are all exclusively local businesses,” said Harrison.

Holiday Spirit

No matter what you’re looking for, you can probably find it on the North Shore. The following merchants are located in the area’s main shopping district along Frazier Avenue, North Market Street, Manufacturers Road and River Street (in Coolidge Park).

Members of the NorthShore Merchants Collective:

Antiques:

Knitting Mill Antiques

Arts and crafts:

Association for Visual Arts, In-Town Gallery, Plum Nelly Shop & Gallery, Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore, Yada Yada Gallery

Children:

A Child’s Garden Boutique, WiggleWorm

Clothing/ accessories:

Frankie & Julian’s, n2shoes, River City Apparel, Retail Therapy

Cooking:

Mia Cucina

Gifts:

All Things Groovy, Blue Skies, Go Fish, Santa’s NorthShore Workshop (located inside Knitting Mill), Sophie’s, Tangerina’s

Health/fitness:

Fitness Together, North Shore Yoga, Thrive

Pets:

Bone Appetit & Groomingdale’s

Salons and spas:

Epiphany Salon & Day Spa, Hair a Go-Go

Specialty:

Trek Bicycle Store

Tattoos:

Rite of Passage Tattoo Studio

After you get your fill of shopping, you can fill your belly at these locally owned member restaurants:

Brix Nouveau, Clumpies Ice Cream Company, Good Dog, North Chatt Cat, River Street Deli, Sushi Nabe, Sweet CeCe’s, Taco Mamacita, Terra Nostra Tapas and Wine, Totto Sushi & Grill, Urban Spoon.

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