This weekend, businesses around California are ready for the holiday season.
Though some businesses are keeping their holiday promotions limited to just the weekend in traditional Christmas California Style fashion, others plan to continue the holiday cheer all month long.
Clenin Farm Supply will be having several specials throughout the store, including on boots and meats. The business plans on doing its 12 Days of Christmas sale again this year, with a daily special for those twelve days. The store also might do a few giveaways throughout the month, set to appear on its Facebook page.
"Hopefully, it brings people in and we have a good day," store owner Tyler Clenin said. "Shop locally, support the small business. I have competitive prices and still have meat and I encourage those who haven't to come try it because it's so different than what you go buy in a chain grocery store."
On the other side of Buchanan Street, the Oak Street Business District will be hosting individual open houses where each business will have their own merchandise, treats, drinks and specials to share with the community in spirit of Christmas. The group will also be doing "Themed Thursday Shop Nights" for the first three Thursday evenings in December from 5-7 p.m.
These evenings will include a themed special each week: Dec. 3 is "Santa's Special," where shoppers have to find Santa in each participating business to reveal their special, and Dec. 10 is "Ho, Ho, Ho, BoGo," where each business will choose their special buy one get one deal. The theme for Dec. 17 is to be announced soon.
As of now, the Oak Street Business District's shops and boutiques, along with The Milkbarn, Modern Edge Boutique and Explore Variety Store, are participating. Other businesses that would like to participate can message the Oak Street Business District through Facebook messenger or email Julie Bolinger at [email protected] for more details and to have their business added to the Facebook event list.
"We always strive to create a fun, warm and inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy when they visit our shops and boutiques," Bolinger, the owner of Winding Road Gifts & Interiors, said.
Though Grind isn't really doing any extra events this year, the coffee shop is taking part in initiatives to give back. Grind has again partnered with Gentle Ben's Socks for the Homeless for the second year and will be collecting socks in the shop for those who would like to donate.
Since most of Grace Designs' orders are custom, the business has decided to run a promotion that encourages customers to shop local at other area businesses. For every local small business receipt a customer brings in, they get 10 percent off their purchase; up to three receipts can be provided, for a total of 30 percent off.
Exhale Spa and Studio B Salon are having a Jingle and Mingle event from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. There will be Roxie Belle designs, jewelry, home decor, hand-painted signs, stadium blankets, apparel, $10 drink ware, on-site customization and more; and, of course, a visit from Santa. The pair of businesses will also be having deals on their products and several gift baskets for sale.
After all your shopping is done this weekend, stick around for the Christmas parade that starts at 5 p.m. on Stella St. and to stop by Christmas in Proctor Park to see all the lights and Christmas decorations.