Yazoo's Holiday Open House a successBy CATHRYN CARTWRIGHT,
The annual Holiday Open House in Yazoo City proved to be another success as visitors began the shopping season with local merchants.
The Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce sponsored its annual event Sunday with 24 locally-owned businesses opening their doors.
Judy Davis of Davis Feed and Farm Supply on Highway 3 said over 300 people came to their Open House gathering, where they had sales in the men's department, door prize giveaways, and live music from Madison Simpson of Yazoo City and Jason Ballard of Greenwood. Davis Feed also hosted a fire disk cooker demonstration and had food catered by Pit Master Jacob Scott of Ubon’s Barbecue.
"It was wonderful," Davis said. "The first couple of hours were really busy. We just had a really good crowd, and sales were up this year compared to last year."
Jet Griffin of Downtown Marketplace said his store had what seemed like a thousand visitors all day long during the Holiday Open House. The two-story emporium on Main Street is made up of 80 booth spaces which offered a variety of special sales on good ranging from boutique clothing, craft items, home decor, and gourmet foods.
"It was awesome," Griffin said. "We had probably our best open house since we have been in business."
Many of the businesses told the Herald that they had a lot more out of town customers this year from cities such as Madison, Vicksburg, Clinton, Jackson, and even other cities in the Delta.
Yazoo Drug Company drew in many families with Children by offering pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause in a home setting, with milk and cookies.
Holly Richardson of Bow Ties and Tutu's Children's Store on Main Street said that many of her Open House customers were delighted with her store's atmosphere.
"I had a lot of people tell me that they had never heard of my store before," Richardson said. "But most people were really excited about what our store had to offer and that made us really happy."
Richardson said that she even sold out of certain merchandise and would be reordering soon to meet the demand for toys that are becoming popular gifts for Christmas this year.
Moving forward, many of the store are gearing up for Christmas shoppers, and some even plan to host events inside their stores in the coming weeks.
Good Hope General Mercantile hopes to host a wreath making class soon, and Anderson's Jewelry will have special sales on diamonds and other items to prepare for the season of giving.
Chamber of Commerce Director Kiristi Mills said that the importance of shopping locally is that it helps improve the economy of Yazoo City.
"It allows our local business owners to become more well known and have other people come in and shop," she said, "We want the businesses here to thrive in Yazoo City so that it very important."
Other businesses owners in Yazoo agreed with that statement, saying that supporting local business keeps small towns going.
Judy Davis added that Open House is another way that businesses can get to know more of their customers in a relaxed setting while they shop.
"Open house to me is just one time a year that we can say thank you for our customers supporting us throughout the year." She said.