Main street visited by guests on Saturday


First Friday fun to welcome guests as well

GRAFTON—Shop Small Saturday was a roaring success in downtown Grafton.  The morning started off with Christmas crepes made by young chef Ethan Weaver and hot beverages served at Espresso Yourself Coffee House. 

Weaver’s crafty confections are becoming a hit with community members, who flocked to Espresso Yourself, after enjoying his creepy crepes in October. The young chef revealed that he is self-taught and is always working to increase his craft.

“I got a crepe maker and kit for Christmas last year, and I taught myself how to make them,” Weaver shared. “I am always working on new ideas.”

Shoppers also enjoyed the new Arts and Treasures makers market next door to Espresso Yourself Coffee House.  Folks left with Shop Small Saturday bags full of goodies and full stomachs.

“Donna and I are extremely grateful for everyone who intentionally supported Shop Small Saturday.  Supporting small, locally owned business truly builds a stronger community,” said Tom Hart of Espresso Yourself Coffee House. 

At Somethin’ Country, Mary and Sparky were entertaining inside their beautiful store while shoppers enjoyed a 20 percent discount on all items.  The gorgeous store is full of great gifts and holiday décor just waiting to be purchased for the special folks in your life.

Up the street at Gallery 62 West, some children in town were enjoying a gourd painting class under the guidance of Mary Shuttlesworth.  Santa Claus and Grinch gourds were leaving the stores with some very happy children.  Adults got to shop the Gallery 62 West for one-of-a-kind artistic gifts. 

If anyone missed Small Business Saturday, don’t worry because the stores will be open this weekend for First Friday and Light Up Night.  The Christmas tree and downtown lights will be lit at 6:30 p.m., on Friday. 

Following the illumination of downtown, be sure to head to the International Mother’s Day Shrine for this year’s annual Community Christmas Carol Sing, led by Duretha Mayle, accompanied by Richard “Rick” Kennedy on the 10-rank pipe organ.

There will be hot chocolate served at the Mother’s Day Shrine sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary. 

Travel to Espresso Yourself Coffee House to enjoy caroling by the Vintage Theater Company and while you are there check out the handmade gifts at Arts and Treasures Makers Market.

Next door at Somethin’ Country there will be cookie decorating from 5:00-6:00 p.m., sponsored by the Grafton City Council.  2 Sisters Pet Designs will also be at the shop with gifts for furry friends.  And don’t forget to do some shopping while there and enjoy the First Friday discounts.

You can also shop up at Gallery 62 West before getting Christmas family (furry friends also welcome) photos taken from 4:00-8:00 p.m., sponsored by the Taylor County Photography Club.  There will also be a children’s Craft from 4:00-6:00 p.m., sponsored by Taylor County Family Resource and a showing of The Nightmare Before Christmas at 6:00 p.m.

The Taylor County Historical Society will have an open house, a children’s craft and light refreshments. 

So, if folks didn’t make it downtown this weekend, next weekend is another perfect time to come down and support local business and have some holiday fun!

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