Thursday, November 21, 2013
I’m not typically accustomed to getting in the Christmas spirit in the second week of November.
But Tuesday of last week, Nov. 12, definitely helped put me in the mood.
The Holly Springs Holiday Open House was great – an excellent example of the community pulling together in a very successful effort.
Several folks on or near the downtown square kept their business or offices open after 5 p.m. (until approximately 8 p.m.) and welcomed guests with smiles, handshakes, food, holiday specials, drawings for door prizes, entertainment and much more.
I’ve never seen the downtown more alive.
More than one person stopped me on the street and said, “This is wonderful.”
The weather was very cold. Some were concerned that it might hurt the attendance. It probably did keep a few folks away.
But for me personally, the chilly temperatures and the wind made it seem that much more like Christmas.
I’m not sure 60- or 70-degree temperatures would have gotten me in the Christmas spirit.
We stayed open late at The South Reporter, too, as did our neighbor next door, Lincoln Martin and his crew at South Center Printing.
We didn’t necessarily think we’d get the same attention as those right around the square, but we wanted to be a part of the teamwork to boost downtown, coordinated by the Holly Springs Main Street Chamber and your community newspaper.
Many visitors came down our way, too.
We had two lucky winners of one-year subscriptions and a winner of a brand new South Reporter T-shirt.
I believe the ladies here at my office, who did all the work I might add, enjoyed it and their boss did, too.
We all took breaks from welcoming guests and made the rounds around town, too, and I saw my employees coming back with bags in their hands.
Everyone was having a good time. It was crowded. And hopefully, there were lots and lots of purchases for Christmas gifts by the early-bird shoppers.
Downtown is the core of any successful community. It’s the heartbeat.
And Holly Springs has one of the best downtown squares of any small town anywhere. We should all take pride in downtown.
New occupants are either moving in or planning to, and vacant buildings are less and less. Upstairs apartments are being occupied.
There’s lots of activity going on downtown and all around the city.
We’re blessed to have a wide array of businesses in Holly Springs – not just downtown but near Highway 78 (Future I-22) and beyond.
Sure, we’d like even more variety. New ones have popped up in recent weeks and months and others are under construction. I know the new city administration, the Main Street Chamber and others are working hard toward more and more business growth.
It’s important that we shop at home and keep those tax dollars working for us.
I used to love “going to town” as a child – growing up in the country just outside Hamilton, Ala. And it’s no different for those who grew up around Holly Springs. I’ve heard them talk about the “good old days.”
Based on what I saw November 12, downtown is on the move again.
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