Open house launches the holiday shopping season

David Boulton serves hotdogs to his guests, who gather around the campfire on the street in front of his shop, Flowers by George, during last years open house. -
David Boulton serves hotdogs to his guests, who gather around the campfire on the street in front of his shop, Flowers by George, during last years open house.
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ARLINGTON Several merchants in downtown Arlington will keep their doors open late for the Holiday Open House Saturday, Nov. 4. Joining the well-established and very popular open house at Flowers by George for some extra long business hours are Favorite Pastime, New Beginnings, Arlington Health Food & Pets, and The Arlington Times/Scrivener Copies.
Flowers by George always attracts a huge crowd for their latte punch, assortment of delicious cookies made by George himself, hotdogs cooked over the fire out on the street and 20 percent discounts on holiday merchandise. They manage to dodge the fire department each year, using a portable campfire pit to roast hotdogs on the sidewalk only in Arlington.
Robin Miller, at Favorite Pastime, is striving to establish her own tradition, serving spaghetti dinner to her customers. She is also offering 20 percent off all purchases, and there will be raffle prizes and treats.
Come see out new gingerbread and snowmen decorations for the holidays, said Miller, who specializes in cute with tons of hand-made decorative items that will set a special mood in your home during the holidays.
Roger Miller at Arlington Health Foods plans to show off a large expansion to his store that night. He has added 450 square feet of space on the health food side of his store to make room for more specialty foods, organic options and supplements.
We hope to have some samples of new products, and some dog food dealers will be there to give samples of their products, Miller said.
Mirkwood & Shire Cafe will serve up some hot cider from 4 8 p.m., a good opportunity to visit this new business inside the historical Methodist & Episcopal Church at the north end of Olympic Avenue.
The Arlington Times/Scrivener Copies welcomes visitors from 4 to 8 p.m. for hot chili and cider as well as $19 gift subscriptions, while taking orders for personal greeting cards and personalized calendars.
New Beginnings Thrift Store will remain open until 7 p.m. with yummy treats, drawings and discounts on merchandise.
Unique Interiors will extend its open hours to 6 p.m.
Other downtown merchants will be open regular hours, but are offering some special deals:
Action Sports and Arlington Hardware offer their regular Super Saturday (first Saturday each month) deal with 20 percent off most merchandise, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
?Dawn Ambler at 2 Bits and More welcomes visitors to come and see her new weekend-only flea market, open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday Open House
4 - 8 p.m.
Flowers by George
Favorite Pastime
Mirkwood & Shire Cafe
Arlington Health Foods &Pets
The Arlington Times & Scrivener Copies

Extended hours
New Beginnings Thrift Store open until 7 p.m.
Unique Interiors open until 6 p.m.

Regular hours,
special deals
Arlington Hardwares monthly Super Saturday is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Action Sports Super Saturday open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two Bits and More 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m.

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