People 'jingle all the way" in Troy
TROY - Now in its second year, the "Jingle All the Way Through Troy" shopping event Saturday drew Christmas shoppers to the downtown once again.
"It helps promote the stores in town, the local stores," said Shelly Walcheski, manager of the CopperTree Shop, which was one of the businesses involved in the event.
Others taking part in "Jingle All the Way" were The Barnstead Pantry, just east of Troy on Route 6; The Country Cabin on Canton Street in downtown Troy; Shear Style Salon also on Canton Street; and Mrs. Hutter's Hilltop Florist, also on Canton Street.
"We're doing good," said Marilynne Burchard, owner of Mrs. Hutter's Hilltop Florist.
The local shopping event was held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
According to Ciara Jenkins, one of the coordinators of "Jingle All the Way" and the owner of Shear Style Salon, it's also designed "to bring Christmas spirit to all of Troy."
"It's going really good," she said on Saturday.
She was selling jewelry, scarves, and gift sets at her salon, and offering a free product with the purchase of a gift card.
Cathy Jenkins, who was helping out at the salon, said she had seen some of the same people from last year's event, as well as some new faces.
"I think it's a good thing for Troy to keep the business local, to see what Troy has to offer," she commented. "There are a lot of gifts in Troy."
She said the "Jingle All the Way" event was good for the salon, because it showed people that other things were sold there, and it's "not just a salon."
Shoppers were able to pick up a holiday passport at each location. Then, they had the passport stamped at each location, which could then be entered into a raffle for a one big prize featuring items from each business. The prize had a value of $125.
The businesses taking part offered a variety of specials on the day of the event as well.
At her floral shop, Burchard said she was offering 75 percent off Christmas décor, $1 off ornaments, and 30 percent off candles, which continues to Dec. 24.
"The ornaments are flying out of here," she commented.
One shopper, Candy Tofts of Leona, was enjoying herself as she shopped during "Jingle All the Way."
"It's a blast, wonderful," she said. "We are getting great specials, and had a good lunch."
Another shopper, Valerie Benjamin of Troy, said, "I love it." She said she would shop during "Jingle All the Way" again next year.
In addition, three restaurants were participating, Troy Lunch, Vinnie's Pizza, and Anthony's Bar and Grill. People also could bring in their passports to the restaurants and take advantage of select specials that day.
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