The Short and Sweet Holiday Shop was a success according to customers, volunteers and the organizers. Opening day exceeded expectations with over 100 visitors to the shop. Sales were better than expected and patrons enjoyed the “Meet and Greet” Artist reception.
Patrons were excited to see the many different kinds of gifts available to them and were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the workmanship as well as the affordability of the artwork. One father told me that he was so pleased that his three daughters were all able to choose a gift for their mother. “One stop shopping,” he exclaimed, “you can’t beat that!”
Candy sales were brisk while many chose bars of soap or a “cupcake” to carry home. Photographs, paintings, and jewelry were studied by many of the visitors as they walked around the shop. A few were selected and purchased before heading home.
Many shoppers who stopped in to Art House on Opening Day to peruse the offerings of the shop and to talk to the artists in attendance stayed to graze around the table of goodies offered by the Committee. Pistachio Bundt cake was a crowd favorite as was Kim’s Corn Dip, one of the selections from “A Taste of All Seasons”. The cookbook is Brooklyn Centre Naturalists’ contribution to the gifts for sale. Gray and Company selections offered for sale are Cleveland Food Memories and Cleveland Christmas Memories as well as many biographies and some of their more recently published books.
The Short and Sweet Holiday Shop will be open again this weekend starting at 4:00 pm on Friday December 7 until 8:00 pm. The Shop will be open Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9 from 1:00 pm to 5 pm. Rumor has it that Old Brooklyn Buzz will be descending on the Shop Sunday afternoon for one of its popular “cash mobs”. Do your shopping early for the best selection.