Kent’s Holiday Kickoff Weekend Promises Eventful Shopping Experience
Imagine shopping with a complimentary cup of hot cocoa in your hand, a musician playing holiday favorites in the background … or enjoying free hot cider and cheese samples while your child writes a letter to Santa. In downtown Kent, that’s what holiday shopping is about – actually enjoying the experience!
Kent’s Holiday Kickoff Weekend, organized by Main Street Kent, will take place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Attendees will enjoy complimentary refreshments and sweet treats, food and drink specials, festive photo opportunities, live music and more at participating locations: Tree City Coffee, Off the Wagon, Red Letter Days, Kent Cheesemonger, the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center, Scribbles Coffee, Treno, Troppus Projects, Standing Rock Jewelers, McKay Bricker, Handcrafted, GV Art + Design and Carnaby Street Style. For information about each location’s special offerings, please visit www.mainstreetkent.org/events/kents-holiday-kickoff.
“I’m excited about Kent being a place to come enjoy music and celebrate, unlike the high-stress holiday promotions you see in other places,” says Michelle Sahr, president and owner of Off the Wagon. “I think people choose to come here because it’s less about the crazy hustle and bustle and more about having fun, spending time with loved ones, shopping at independent shops, grabbing an excellent meal, listening to music and enjoying a stroll through our beautiful town.”
Off the Wagon and its sister store, Red Letter Days, will be hosting an Ugly Sweater Christmas Party that will include free, fun socks (while supplies last) for attendees dressed in ugly sweaters or festive attire, complimentary Christmas cookies, a letter-to-Santa writing station and free Gelli Christmas-card making.
Troppus Projects, an art space on South Water Street, will have its storefront window fully decked out for the holidays, giving away tiny artworks, hosting live piano music and offering light refreshments throughout the weekend. There also will be a pop-up shop by Hazelmade on Nov. 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.