City Of Chelsea Presents
12th Annual Wine, Women & Shopping
From Bridget Favre
Never is tradition so sacred and so honored as it is during the holiday season. Whether it’s placement of the ornaments on the tree, baking the cookies that grandma always made, or opening one gift on Christmas Eve, tradition must be observed.
One popular tradition in the city of Chelsea is returning for its 12th year – the annual Wine, Women & Shopping event. This November favorite heralds in the holiday season with a multitude of shops and businesses offering special activities like trunk shows, live music, free raffles, specialty menu items in the restaurants, and discounts in the shops. This year’s event, on Saturday November 11, promises more of the same.
This event, scheduled as it is to take advantage of the holiday shopping season, also provides an opportunity for people to come together in support of the community. “We’re very grateful to all of our loyal customers,” said Garden Mill owner Jennifer Fairfield. “Small business owners simply cannot survive without the support of the community.” Wine, Women & Shopping is, perhaps, the embodiment of that community support. For each of the past 11 years hundreds of shoppers, almost exclusively women, have descended on this historic town to shop, eat, hear some music, and sometimes see a play.
With over 30 merchants and restaurants offering incentives, it’s easy to understand the attraction to this event. Shoppers can get their holiday shopping underway, while participating in a city-wide party. “My sisters and I have our calendars marked for years to come!” said dedicated shopper Felicia Davros. “This will be our fifth year, with no end in sight. If we wanted to just tick things off our lists we could do that anywhere,” Felicia added. “But this is so much fun! We shop, we laugh, we eat, we reminisce. It’s just a fabulous day!”
Of course for many of the shoppers, the day doesn’t end there. Dedicated shoppers already have reservations at a local hotel or bed & breakfast. “We just decided to make a weekend of it,” said Valerie Maxson. “Our first year we had a great time but felt like we had to leave before the party was over. Now we have a great day shopping, a delicious dinner somewhere, drinks and music at one of the pubs, and then spend the night in Chelsea.” “It’s one of my favorite holiday traditions!”
Shoppers will find many favorites when they arrive, along with a few new faces. Old friends like Bumble’s Dry Goods, La Maison, and Jewelry Set-in-Stone, will be offering a variety of specials, and new friends Artisan Knitworks and Old School Sewing will be on hand to introduce themselves to the community. As always, the Garden Mill will have a massage therapist on hand doing chair massages, and in recognition of Veteran’s Day the Garden Mill will offer a special discount to veterans and current military personnel.
In the spirit of the season, Wine, Women & Shoppers are invited to contribute non-perishable food items to the local food bank. Collection stations will be set up at the Chelsea Artisan’s Market located in the Chelsea Train Depot and at US ArtQuest. Visitors are encouraged to make a contribution of non-perishable food items, cleaning products, and paper goods, and while you’re there, sign up to win one of several prizes, including the Grand Prize of an overnight stay at Chelsea’s Comfort Inn, two tickets to the Purple Rose Theatre, and a $50.00 gift certificate for one of the participating restaurants. All items collected will go to Faith in Action of Chelsea.
Gather friends and loved ones and plan to spend the day in Chelsea with great deals on food, drink, and all kinds of shopping. “Wine, Women, & Shopping is a success because a number of merchants, restaurant owners, artists, and business owners have worked together to make it so,” Fairfield stated. “We are fortunate to have a very vibrant and inviting community, and this event showcases that.”
Maps and brochures will be available throughout Chelsea on the day of the event.