Holidays in the Ville!
Ready, Set, Shop!!
Holidays in the Ville begins with nonprofit store sales and cookie jars
Get ready to hit the streets of downtown Bartlesville on Saturday for the kick-off of Holidays in the Ville – a week full of fun community events and shopping opportunities in the heart of the city.
The historic Johnstone-Sare Building provides the backdrop for Saturday sales from local nonprofits who will have booths set up selling items just in time for Christmas in addition to downtown retailers.
It is also Santa’s Cookie Jar Saturday in which Second Love, 315 S. Osage Ave., will be giving away cookie jars to the first 260 customers while downtown businesses will be providing sweet treats to eat while shopping. Other events scheduled during the Holidays in the Ville week include Ladies Night, Men’s Night, and Christmas caroling and Stocking Stuffer Day.
Clyde, Pat and Crystal Sare are opening the building at the corner of Johnstone Avenue and Frank Phillips Boulevard to host the nonprofit group stores, which include OK Mozart, Bartlesville Area History Museum, The Red Cross, Washington County SPCA, Casa Hispana, Washington County Affordable Housing Coalition, Martha’s Task, Early Childhood Resource Center and St. John’s School. A pop-up bakery and coffee shop will be set up in the venue as well.
The full week of activities that has become Holidays in the Ville started with a cookie jar – or 260 cookie jars to be completely precise.
Hank and Candy Shuringa bought the vintage cookie jars with the idea of doing a give-away at their home décor and antique store Second Love. Somewhere along the way Shuringa’s plan to promote downtown retail shopping grew into a week-long event with multiple businesses participating in a heart of town venture now known as Holidays in the Ville. It kicks off Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 7 with special events each day.
“We wanted to make this a community-involved event, and not just shopping,” Shuringa says. “When people have a reason to be downtown, they may shop, or dine or just participate in what's going on. Strolling, shopping, eating, having fun -wouldn't you want to join in? I would.”
Downtown Bartlesville, Inc. is heading up the week of fun with participating businesses including The French Nest, Doors Home Décor, LuBella’s Boutique, Second Love, Curbside Closet, Cliff’s Flooring and Windows, McCoy Jewelers, Sweet P’s, Keepsake Candles, Price Tower, Susan Dick Financial, State Farm Kathi Swanson and Truity Credit Union.
After Santa’s Cookie Jar Saturday, Holidays in the Ville heads through the rest of the week with stores open until 8 p.m. daily to accommodate shoppers. On Merry Monday, there will be specials in every store. On Ladies Night, there will be Girl’s Day Out bargains. Wednesday is Community Caroling Night with groups strolling downtown singing, pictures with Santa from 6 to 8 p.m. and a Holiday Carol sing along at Frank Phillips Park.
Thursday is Men’s Night where guys can shop for their gals and bring the gifts home wrapped and ready to go. Family Friday is a great time to buy presents for Mom and Dad, teachers and friends. And Stocking Stuffer Saturday conveniently coincides with Bartlesville’s Christmas parade, which is downtown.
“It is estimated that for every $100 spent in local, independent brick and mortar businesses, more than $68 returns to the local economy,” Carol Ervin, of Downtown Bartlesville, Inc., explains. “When spent in a big box or chain, the amount drops to only $43. Spend it online, and unless you live in exactly the same community as the e-tailer, nothing comes home. Try local first – and get credit for the most unique gifts under the tree.”
Ervin and Shuringa are excited to see events like Holidays in the Ville happening to strengthen downtown and the community as a whole.
“It is designed to bring a sense of community to the community,” says Shuringa.
And what makes people feel more at home than filling up the cookie jar?
Saturday, Nov. 30: Santa’s Cookie Jar Saturday
Monday, Dec. 2: Merry Monday
Tuesday, Dec. 3: Ladies Night
Wednesday, Dec. 4: Community Caroling Wednesday
Thursday, Dec. 5: Men’s Night
Friday, Dec. 6: Family Friday
Saturday, Dec. 7: Stocking Stuffer Saturday