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Shop Plainfield: Small Business Saturday Coincides with Candlelight Christmas

Downtown businesses are offering activities, events on Saturday, Nov. 24 as part of MainStreet Plainfield event.

It’s coming: Black Friday, the day big-box stores count on to bring in customers in droves and help them end the year with a profit.

But what about the little guy?

Mom and pop businesses will get their chance to shine on Small Business Saturday, which is on Nov. 24.

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The date coincides with MainStreet Plainfield’s annual Candlelight Christmas, a family friendly event that offers holiday-themed fun for the kids, plus plenty of opportunities for grown-ups to support local businesses.

The event also culminates with the Plainfield Lions Club's 61st annual creche lighting at 7 p.m.

Here’s a roundup of what’s going on, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24:

  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Stop by Village Flower Shop and find Santa to be entered in a drawing for a prize.
  • 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.: Kids can visit  Main Street Candy & Toys holiday shop to select a gift or toy for their wish list; the shop’s “elves” will put it in Santa’s mailbox. Guests can also enjoy cookies, music and cheer.
  • 10 a.m. – 8p.m.: Just  Ducky is the spot to write a holiday greeting for a serviceman or woman stationed overseas this Christmas; the store will also have a gift drop box for troops.
  • Noon – 3 p.m.: Enjoy Christmas face painting at Back on the Rack
  • Noon – 8 p.m.: Cathy’s Sweet Creations will offer gingerbread house decorating for $24.95 per house. Reservations required by calling 815-577-9660.
  • Noon – 10 p.m.: Stop by the Wandering Dragon Game Shoppe to play Yahtzee or Jenga for the chance to win a $5 gift certificate. New games every two yours. Make a reservation by calling 815-267-6245. The shop will also host a free showing of “A Christmas Story.”
  • 1 – 3 p.m.: Pixie Pizazzi will offer holiday ornaments for $8; kids will color a design on paper, and Pixie Pizazzi will print it on the ornament. Pick-up date is Nov. 29.
  • 2 – 4 p.m.: When you’re finished shopping, take advantage of the gift wrapping station at Have to Have, sponsored by Elite Rehabilitation. Guests can also enjoy a 5-10 minute mini chair massage while they wait.
  • 2 – 6 p.m.: The Olive Gallery will offer bread dipping with their special Tuscan herb olive oil and traditional balsamic.
  • 3 – 8 p.m.: Gourmet Junction will offer free pictures with Santa.
  • 3 – 8 p.m.: Sample hot beverages at the Tawny Tortoise’s warming station.
  • 4 – 8 p.m.: Free face painting at Realty Executives Success
  • 4 – 8 p.m.: Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown Plainfield; pick-up is at the corner of Lockport and DesPlaines streets. Cost is a $1 donation or one canned good to benefit a local food pantry.
  • 6 – 9 p.m.: Wine & Cheese by TCC will offer a holiday wine tasting.
  • 7 p.m. – The Plainfield Lions Club will host its annual crèche lighting, starting with a program inside Plymouth Congregational Church; after the program, head outside for a sing-a-long of “Silent Night” as the crèche is illuminated.
  • 7 – 9 p.m.: Fiesta Mexicana will offer a tasting of Shock Top’s Midnight Wheat beer.
  • 9:30 p.m.: Stop by Uptown Eatery & Tap for the music of the “Gruband” featuring Steve Gruben, Bobby Bostanche and friends.
  • 10 p.m.: DJ “Short Bus” will be spinning tunes at Moe Joe’s. 

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What other businesses are planning

If that’s not enough for you, some other Plainfield businesses have some specials in store for Small Business Saturday:

Is your small business planning anything special this Saturday? Let us know and we’ll post it here.

Karen Spirk November 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Does anyone know where the Breakfast with Santa is being held?

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