TROY - The cash registers were jingling with sales Saturday as shoppers took part in the "Jingle All the Way Through Troy" local shopping event.

Shelley Walcheski, manager of The CopperTree Shop, one of the stores that participated in the Dec. 1 event in Troy, said that the first-ever shopping experience "surpassed expectations."

"Jingle All the Way Through Troy" was held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday with The Barnstead Pantry, The Country Cabin, Shear Style Salon, the CopperTree Shop, and Mrs. Hutter's Hilltop Florist in Troy serving as stops where people could shop for specials and pick up a holiday passport. Once they got the passport stamped at all the stores, it could be entered into a drawing for a gift basket with items from each business. Each store donated something worth $25 to the basket.

According to Walcheski, Shannon Case was the winner of the basket.

A total of 80 passports were turned in for the drawing.

Walcheski said business was brisk at The CopperTree Shop as "Jingle All the Way" was held.

"The store was filled, and it seemed like there was lots of people participating in it," she said.

"We had a few people dashing in during the last hour, and wanting to get around to all the locations."

Walcheski commended Ciara Jenkins, owner of Shear Style Salon, for organizing the event. She said it was nice that Troy was "doing something as a community."

In a previous interview, Jenkins said that Penny Kenyon, owner of The Country Cabin, came up with the idea for the "Jingle All the Way" shopping event, and brainstormed some ideas with her.

Walcheski said people bought a lot of wreaths, candles, and Christmas decorations at The CopperTree Shop during the "Jingle All the Way" event. She said it helped the store's business.

So many wreaths were sold at The CopperTree Shop during "Jingle All the Way" that workers at the store had to make more on Monday, according to Walcheski.

Also, Walcheski noted that she heard comments from shoppers that "it was nice Troy was doing something." She said people also said the "Jingle All the Way" shopping event was fun. She said some shoppers suggested that hot chocolate and carolers be added to the event in the future.

Walcheski said that it will be held again next holiday season.

"Hopefully next year, we can add some things to it and more businesses."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: