The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 23, 2013

Spirt of the Holiday

By Samantha Pidde Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald

---- — CLINTON — Adults and children, bundled up against the chilly weather, flooded the Clinton downtown area Sunday.

Holiday music and laughter could be heard as people moved from one shop to another during the annual holiday open house.

Area stores opened their doors Sunday afternoon, offering sales, treats and holiday cheer.

Bob and Larry Maedge perused trough the knick-knacks at Deja Vu, 101 Fifth Ave. South. The father and son enjoyed going around the downtown area, looking at what each store had done for the open house.

“It’s more fun than sitting at home,” Larry said.

Deja Vu owner Lou Ray has been participating in the open house for the past several years. Her store started open house events Thursday, with treats and specials. On Sunday, Nancy Smith dressed as Mrs. Claus at the store.

“I just make a whole weekend of it,” Ray said.

Deja Vu is just one of many businesses that participated in the event, with downtown restaurants offering lunch and dinner specials.

Matt Steenhard stood outside his wife’s store, the Painted Rooster, handing out free popcorn. He said the event seemed to be well attended. Within the first 30 to 40 minutes, he had given out almost 30 bags of popcorn.

“Every time I turn around there are more people in the store,” Steenhard said.

Tracie Crigger and her daughter, Tatum, came to the event to see Santa and look at what the stores offered. Sally Kemer agreed that the open house is a fun event, while looking at ornaments in Guzzardos Hallmark. She came out to look at potential Christmas gifts.