By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Retail | Issue: October 2011
Julie Freewood and Tammy Thomas have coordinated a two-day holiday shopping experience to benefit the Rogers County United Way.
Claremore’s 3rd annual Holiday Boutique makes it possible to do all of your Christmas shopping under one roof. Some 37 vendors from across northeastern Oklahoma will come together in the Rogers State University Centennial Ballroom on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 to present “the latest of everything,” according to co-chair Tammy Thomas. “This is not a trade show and not a crafts show,” she explains. Vendors have been carefully chosen for their unique and upscale offerings that include clothing, customized jewelry, purses, home décor, food items and gifts for pets.
This year’s show will expand to an additional room. The two-day shopping event begins with a Brunch & Boutique from 9 to 11 on Friday morning. Shoppers can get an early start and enjoy first pick at merchandise that is not found anywhere in the local area. Tickets for the Brunch & Boutique are $25, and must be purchased in advance. Only a limited number are available. Shoppers at Brunch & Boutique will get specially designed shopping bags with a Christmas ornament. Door prizes will be given away.
General admission to the Holiday Boutique is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $10 and are good for both days. A new event on Friday is Sip & Shop. This after-work happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. features wine, cheese and coffee. “This is ideal for the teachers who have told us they would love to come on Friday after school,” says co-chair Julie Freewood.
Complimentary gift-wrapping allows everyone to take home their gifts all ready to put under the tree.
Tammy says the Holiday Boutique has become known as “girlfriend time” or “mother-daughter” time for shoppers from Claremore, Catoosa, Pryor, Owasso, Oologah and other nearby communities. “They get some really great things without having to drive to the city,” she adds.
And better yet, shoppers are helping the Rogers County United Way. Last year the Holiday Boutique raised more than $10,000 for the United Way. With this year’s expansion and the fact that the event will coincide with Will Rogers Days, they hope to raise $13,000.
Brunch & Boutique tickets can be purchased by calling Donna Ross, United Way executive director, at (918) 343-1165. General admission tickets are also available through any of the 26 United Way agencies in Rogers County, or can be purchased at the door of the RSU Centennial Ballroom during the event.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.