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|Volume 8 Issue 11
In this issue
Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
Shop Small Saturday
The whole community of Orange City is promoting Shop Small Saturday. So many people shop in the cities on Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, but American Express has started a program to encourage people to shop in small stores on the following Saturday. We have special cloth bags provided by our Chamber of Commerce and we will have several special sales. We have one table of 50% off items which contains many Thanksgiving decorations and some other goodies, but on Saturday (just for the day), we will have a table of games and puzzles that will be 30% off. We even have puzzles for 2 and 3 year olds. We had some for 1 year olds, but those are all gone. We still have some Hillary Clinton paper dolls. We had some Donald Trump ones, too, but those have all sold.
Christmas Hours Start December 12
December 12th through the 23rd we will be open until 7:00 p.m. every
night except Saturday. Most of the stores in Orange City will be following the same schedule.
That way everyone should be able to get their Christmas shopping completed without having to
take time off from work. Also, you can see our Christmas tree filled with Dutch ornaments at
the Staatcentrum right across from our downtown park. Ours is the little white tree set in a
After Christmas Sale
We will be open on Monday, December 26, at which time our beads and findings will be 50% off. The next day, Tuesday, all knitting items will be 50% off. On Wednesday all quilting items will be 50% off and on Thursday, all sewing items. Friday we will have 50% off discs, games and puzzles and on Saturday, December 31 we will have Dutch food at 50% off. However, we will be closing on that Saturday at 3:13 p.m..
Rickaroons Available Again
I had a customer the other day ask if we had any type of treat that was gluten free. I immediately sent for some Rickaroons and now have 5 flavors of these healthy treats in the store. Rickaroons are energy bars that taste like dessert. They are 100% organic, vegan, and gluten free. They come in 4 main flavors: Chocolate Blond which is like a chocolate chip cookie, Mint to Be which includes mint and double chocolate, Mocha which is the Chocolate Blond with ground espresso, and Megaroon which contains superfoods: chia seeds and cacoa nibs. At this time of year, there is also a seasonal pumkin spice flavored Rickaroon called the Rick-or-Treat. Stop in to pick some up today!
Birthday Party Success
We had a wonderful birthday party earlier this month. We probably had about twice the traffic that we did a year ago. We sent out about 750 postcards and gave out another 250 both in our store and in several other stores around the area. It is the only time all year that EVERYTHING in the store is on sale. Everyone received at least a 10% discount and ½ received more than 10%. A young man from Texas received 40%. Next year we will celebrate our 7th Birthday and do the balloons again.
The Thanksgiving Turkey this year was won by Juan Martinez from Sioux Center. Congratulations, Juan.
Perusing our Guest Book
I’m not going to report on the states turned over on our little game this month because twice I found young people standing there turning over every state. I’ll have to put a note on it to only turn over your own state. I thought it was a good way to see who came from where without the hassle of signing the guest book, but the best laid plans of mice and men . . . Anyway, we have had some interesting guest book registrations as well. We have had people sign in from California, Delaware, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, several places in Texas, and all over Iowa. We have also had people register from Burkina Faso, West Africa; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Darlingford, Manitoba, Canada.