By: Susan Erler | Category: Retail | Issue: October 2010
(L to R): Peggy Trease, Julie Crow and Tammy Thomas invite you to get your Christmas shopping started, or even completed, at the United Way Holiday Boutique.
Holiday shopping has never been easier! The lovely ladies at the Rogers County United Way have assembled the best of the best when it comes to fabulous shopping ideas and one-of-a-kind great buys! No more searching for unique gift ideas and driving all over town. The United Way Holiday Boutique is back, and bigger and better than ever before. This amazing event is one of the most talked about of the year and truly kicks off the Christmas shopping season. It’s a fun and easy way to get all your Christmas shopping done early while helping out a worthy cause.
This year, the Holiday Boutique…A Taste of Fabulous is scheduled for November 12 and 13 at the RSU Student Centennial Center, located on the RSU Campus in Claremore. Friday kicks off the event with a delicious brunch from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. $25 covers the cost for your meal and your entry into the Holiday Boutique. Guests will be treated to some scrumptious treats while enjoying the festive sounds of holiday music. Co-chair of the event, Tammy Thomas, says this is the perfect time “to bring some girlfriends, eat and shop! It doesn’t get any better than that!” A special guest has been brought in to help ring in the holidays, and Tammy is thrilled. “We are so excited to have author and former news anchor Cindy Morrison as our special attendee for the boutique. She will be on hand Friday to sign copies of her new book, “Girlfriends 2.0.” We are glad to have her on board with us this year.”
The Holiday Boutique is in its second year, and event organizers stress that they have fine-tuned it and can’t wait for guests to see their new and improved venue. “We have 32 of the very best vendors in northeastern Oklahoma,” explains Tammy. “We were very particular when we chose participants this year. We wanted to make sure that each was unique in what they had to offer and that they were of top quality. I think we have assembled an amazing group of vendors and everyone will be thrilled with what we have to offer.”
Just a few of the businesses that will have booths at the show include Chrome Cowgirl, Moxie Shoes, and the Beggs Pharmacy from Pryor, which boasts one of the best coffee shops and bakeries in the area. They will be showcasing all kinds of tasty treats and warm drinks. Tammy assures that it is well worth the drive to Beggs just to sample some of their delicacies, but you can try them out right here in Claremore during the Holiday Boutique.
Harley and Maude is another exciting new vendor. They have buckets filled with beads and various items. You simply place the ones you like in your basket, and they will create a stunning necklace or bracelet right before your eyes. Jaycie’s Closet and Emily’s Playhouse focus on fun children’s gift ideas and are just two more of the participating merchants.
Event co-chair Julie Fleetwood came up with the idea to help raise money for the United Way. The Holiday Boutique never loses focus on the goal to raise as much money as possible for the Rogers County United Way. Last year, they were able to bring in over $8,000, and this year they have raised their goal to $10,000. “We really feel that we will achieve our goal,” says Tammy. “This is such a great time. Everyone that comes brings along their mom or their girlfriends or sisters – it is a great bonding time!”
As you enter the show, the first 250 shoppers will receive a free shopping bag to fill while they are there. After you have collected all your treasures, a booth will be set up at the show that can do your gift wrapping for you too. “You literally can come and purchase all your Christmas gifts, have them wrapped while you wait, and go home knowing that you are prepared for the upcoming holiday season and can now sit back and just enjoy!” says Board President Peggy Trease.
Tickets are only $10 each for general admission and can be purchased at J&J Pharmacy, at any of the 27 United Way agencies, or at the door the day of the boutique. Hours for the general public are Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“You can always run to Tulsa or Owasso to shop anytime,” explains Tammy. “This is to bring people to Claremore to do their shopping and to enjoy our community. We hope to keep this holiday tradition going for years to come.”
For more information on the Rogers County Holiday Boutique, go to www.unitedwayholidayboutique.blogspot.com or email eat0@eau0eav0eaw0.