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Annual Parade of Stores coming December 3-4

The participating stores are set, the grand prizes have been established with reciprocating towns, the Chamber is getting booklets and tickets ready for shoppers when they hit the streets, and there will be fantastic savings throughout the community Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, at the annual Parade of Stores No Tax Shopping Extravaganza.

For the fourth year, the retail merchants will offer great savings to entice local shoppers to stay in Pagosa, and for shoppers from neighboring communities to come to Pagosa, stay, shop and enjoy the weekend’s activities.

This year there are more than 40 stores participating in the Parade of Stores — a record number of participants. Another exciting feature is that we have a lot of new retail stores participating in the Parade. This is a perfect opportunity to check out our new stores, including: Earthsense Herbals, Coyote Janes, Wildflower Floral and Gift, Pedal and Powder (in a new location), Choke Cherry Tree (east and west), Alpen Haus (in a new location), Photos by Griz, Handcrafted Interiors, Community United Methodist Church Thrift Store, The Artist Within, Estudio y Gallaria, High Mountain Consignment (under a new name and with new items), The Hideout and The Antler Shed. And there will be the trio of the Russia House Collection, Queen Bee and Anne Jacobi Designs at Hart’s Rocky Mountain Retreat. The event’s veteran stores will also offer great savings.

Participating stores will offer no-tax sales to shoppers. Many will also offer additional savings or open houses. This is a tremendous opportunity for shoppers, especially if you are looking for bigger ticket items such as winter sports equipment, clothing, or tools and household goods at places like Ponderosa Lumber and Terry’s Ace.

Every store in the Parade will offer a prize. In order to qualify for a prize, you must obtain a booklet from a participating store or the Chamber. You will then need to visit 22 stores and have your card validated. You can drop your booklet off at the last store you visit or at the Chamber. You can even drop it through the mail slot at our building. We will tally the stamps and draw winners’ names for each store on Tuesday, Dec. 6. All booklets must be turned in by Monday at noon. There will be 43 chances to win a prize, so there is an excellent chance you will win a gift if you participate in the frequent stamper program.

The second part of the Parade of Stores weekend is the opportunity to win some great trips. For every $10 you spend at a participating store, you will be eligible to obtain one chance to enter a drawing. The more you spend, the more opportunities you have to win. This year, instead of waiting in line, shoppers will be able to fill out their tickets at the store. They will not need to come to the Chamber unless it is easier for you to gather all your tickets, fill them all out at once and deliver them to us. We are trying to make it easier for the shopper and encourage you to stay in Pagosa and support our local businesses.

Last year, we only offered one grand prize. This year, we will be offering three prizes. Tickets will be entered into a drawing for a trip to Santa Fe or Taos and for a local package. Out-of-town packages will include a two-night stay, meals, gas, and other amenities. Wouldn’t it be nice to win a trip for an upcoming anniversary, birthday or family celebration?

This yearly event would not be possible without the participation of our local retail merchants and our lodging facilities, which offer special “Shop and Stay” packages for people wanting to come to Pagosa. Enjoy some skiing, soaking, shopping and one or two of the many activities that will be going on that weekend — the Festival of Trees on Friday, Dec. 3; Santa at the Visitor Center and lighting event on Saturday, Dec. 4, with the Springs Resort; or the Community Choir program on Friday and Saturday, or the Sunday matinee.

For more information about the Parade of Stores Shopping Extravaganza Weekend, call the Chamber at 264-2360. Stay in town and Shop Pagosa First.

‘Plaid Tidings’

Those handsome singers — Sparky, Jinx, Smudge and Frankie — bring their afterlife musical success to the holidays in a special “Forever Plaid: Plaid Tidings” Christmas edition. They are back for several evenings of wonderful musical entertainment November 18-21. Shows play today–Saturday at 7 p.m. The Sunday show will be held at 2 p.m. All shows will be performed in the auditorium at the high school. The original “Forever Plaid” off-Broadway show involves four high school chums who dream of recording an album when their lives are ended in a crash with a bus. The play has them returning from the afterlife for another chance at musical glory. In this newer musical version, the boys are called back to earth by Rosemary Clooney to bring some holiday cheer and harmony into a discordant world.

Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce or online at www.brownpapertickets.com, or at the door. There is no reserved seating this time. Adult tickets are $12, seniors $10, and youth 18 and younger are $5.

Fall Fashion Fling

On Saturday, Nov. 20, take a break during the day for a terrific and fun fashion show — all at consignment prices.

Local merchants High Mountain Consignment, the Funky Trunk, Upscale Resale and ReSport will show off some sporty fashions at Victoria’s Cafe from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets for the event are only $15 and that includes a delicious lunch provided by Victoria’s Cafe. Tickets can be purchased at High Mountain Consignment next to Victoria’s Cafe or at the Funky Trunk located in the City Market Shopping Center just a few doors away from Shang Hai. With the holidays coming up and some budgets still tight, this is a perfect way to spruce up your wardrobe, all at fantastic savings. For more information, call Bonnie at 264-1022.

Order your wreath

The Russ Hill Memorial Bazaar began Wednesday, Nov. 17. This is the 48th year the fresh and fabulously beautiful 8-, 14- and 16-inch wreaths and centerpieces have been produced and sold at the bazaar. Most wreaths and table decorations can be shipped. This year, Community United Methodist Church is limiting the number of wreaths to 10 per customer, unless specially ordered.

The last date to order the wreaths will be Dec. 1 and the bazaar will close Friday, Dec. 10. The bazaar will also be closed Nov. 25-28. For more information or to order a wreath or centerpiece, call the bazaar at 264-4538.

Last-minute reminders

Food drive. On Saturday, Nov. 20, La Plata Electric and the Joint Utilities Commission will host a food drive at City Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The big La Plata bucket truck and a Pagosa Fire Protection District fire truck will be in the parking lot at the collection site. While shopping, please pick up an extra can of food, bags of flour or sugar, or non-perishable item to donate. Requests for food baskets in Pagosa Springs have hit an all-time high and donations are critical. If you cannot take your donations to City Market on Saturday, bring them to the Chamber in advance and we will make sure they are delivered.

Newsletter inserts. We are preparing to send out our final newsletter of the year on Dec. 1. If you would like to place an insert into the newsletter, it is time to do so. Due to the holidays, newsletter inserts are due by Friday, Nov. 26. We will need 600 inserts. The cost for the inserts is $50. There is an extra charge if you would like to have the inserts printed at the Chamber using our copy machine. We can print black and white or color. Inserts are a great way to remind people of a special you might be hosting over the holidays or to let people know of your holiday party or catering specials. For more information, contact Kimberley at 264-2360.

Membership

We welcome back the following renewals: Terry’s Ace; Alco department store; Kip’s Grill and Cantina; Roy Vega with Hometown Insurance Professionals; Dayspring Chiropractic with Drew Feinhals; Sunset Ranch Cabins; Adobe Abodes; and Rocky Mountain Reefs and Ponds, with Nan Rowe.

If you missed the health insurance presentation by M3 on Thursday, give us a call at the Chamber so we can get you the correct information and contacts. Help your bottom line by re-evaluating your insurance benefits. This insurance plan is only for Chamber members and your business can have a few as two employees. This is the first time the Chamber has been able to roll a plan out to our membership and we hope many businesses will take advantage of this opportunity. For more information, call Mary Jo at 264-2360.