By: Christopher Davis | Category: Other | Issue: November 2013
Patsy Terry, owner, Arrow Flowers; S. Darlene Kitt, owner, Winter Wonderland; and Linda Toppins, owner, Bella Vita, are ready for the Holiday Tea Off.
Join the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association on Thursday, November 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Rose District for the Holiday Tea Off. Coinciding with the completion of major renovations to the Rose District, the Holiday Tea Off celebrates its 20th year. The event is an opportunity for the community to enjoy the festive atmosphere of the season, take in some entertainment and shop along Main Street as businesses showcase their new inventory for the holidays.
“I look forward to the new faces, and meeting old friends who come out every year,” says Patsy Terry, owner of Arrow Flowers and chair of the Holiday Tea Off. Patsy has been involved with the event since 2001, and says it is a great time for friends and family to have some fun while shopping for the holidays.
Over the years, she has seen the Rose District grow and thrive. As the city wraps a major overhaul to the district – which includes redistricting to an arts and entertainment sector as well as significant renovations to the street, sidewalks and surrounding buildings – the Holiday Tea Off is one of the first major events planned for Main Street since the extreme makeover.
Arrow Flowers is one of the many businesses updating their building, and everything looks to be on track to be completed by Tea Off time. “We are installing a new sign and putting in a new front entryway, among other things,” Patsy says. She adds that she has contractors staining the brickwork red as well, in order to freshen up the storefront to fit in with the newer motif of the Rose District. “I’ve wanted this color for a while,” she says, pointing to samples, “I’m excited about the renovations.”
Main Street will be closed to traffic from Commercial to Dallas Street for the event, allowing plenty of room for folks to mingle and explore the shops and restaurants that will hold extended operating hours for the Thursday evening celebration.
In addition to businesses staying open late, the Holiday Tea Off will also feature live entertainment. Expect to hear live music and singing, as well as dancing throughout the evening. A Victorian horse-drawn carriage will be on hand for moonlight rides through the Rose District. There will also be drawings for gift certificates. These gift certificates, ranging from $50 to $500, are redeemable at any business partnered with the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association.
It will be an open house, of sorts, for the many new and established Rose District businesses. With fresh sidewalks, renewed storefronts and holiday decorations in place, it will be the perfect time to get reacquainted with Main Street.
Come join the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association for an evening of entertainment and seasonal fun at the Holiday Tea Off.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.
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