CLEARFIELD – The Clearfield Revitalization Corp. (CRC) will soon kick off its holiday promotion series to encourage people to “Shop Clearfield for Christmas.”
The CRC, along with Main Street Manager Loretta Wagner, has introduced some new opportunities this year to promote shopping local.
The promotions will kick-off with the new “Holly Days Shop Walk” on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 in downtown.
Participating merchants will provide specials, open houses, give-a-ways, live music, a scavenger hunt, scheduled “cash mob” shopping events and collection sites for the local food bank.
Clearfield Pharmacy & Gift Shoppe will host Brenda Weber, who will be singing Friday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 pm.
The Liddle Gallery will offer a Christmas ceramic ornament class on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. (kids) and from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Clearfield Business & Professional Women’s Club will have a Lula Roe Extravaganza. It will be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church Parish Hall on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Local Clearfield students will visit downtown Thursday, Nov. 16 to paint holiday scenes on merchants’ windows. After that, the CRC will promote the “12 Days of Clearfield for Christmas.”
This Facebook promotion will showcase a variety of items that can be purchased locally for anyone on your list. The promotion will run Nov. 20 – Dec. 1 on the CRC’s Facebook page.
Wagner, on behalf of the CRC, encourages everyone to come downtown Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday. Downtown businesses will be offering sales promotions and specials.
The CRC will also provide free gifts for merchants to give their patrons when they shop local on Small Business Saturday.
“Supporting local business is beneficial to our local economy,” says Wagner. “More money stays local and shopping small, local businesses has advantages for shoppers, as well.”
Wagner went on to say that, “Throughout our downtown stores, the staff is more familiar with their merchandise and offer personalized assistance in a low-stress atmosphere, something you cannot find online or at a large chain store.
“If everyone committed to purchasing at least one gift locally this holiday season, Clearfield would see a great impact.”
The Holiday Light-up Celebration will also take place from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25 at the Courthouse Square.
The CRC would like to invite individuals, families, organizations, churches and other groups to create ornaments for the community Christmas tree.
Ornaments must be durable and weatherproof for use outdoors for at least six weeks in wet and wintry conditions. They should be decorated colorfully and, if possible, be reflective.
To minimize environmental impact, ornament-makers are encouraged to use wood or recycled materials.
Ornaments should be eight to 10 inches in size, light weight and light in color and relatively simple in design, so they can be enjoyed from a distance. Also, they must be ready for hanging with a heavy wire attached to the top corners.
Ornament-makers are encouraged to add their name, organization and the year on the backs of their ornaments. Those made of glass or other breakable materials cannot be accepted; those contributed will not be returned.
For the community Christmas tree light-up, the Clearfield Area School District’s Marching Band and the Clearfield Art Studio Theatre (CAST) will provide holiday music.
The CRC wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season. If you would like to make a contribution to the CRC or are in need of more information about its events, please call 814-765-6000; visit www.discoverclearfield.com; and follow on Facebook at Clearfield Revitalization Corp.