By Allison Groves
The holiday season is upon us.
Thanksgiving will be here in no time, and Black Friday is right around the corner to kick off the crazy holiday shopping season.
Instead of supporting malls and chain stores, why not think smaller?
To kick off the holiday season and encourage people to shop locally, the downtown Franklin community is hosting its third annual Holiday Open House tomorrow.
29 businesses are participating in this year’s open house.
As part of the fun, the businesses are offering prizes for customers.
Customers can pick up a punch card at the first at the participating business they visit. Once they get 10 of the 29 spots on the card punched by a business, and they can turn in the card at the last business they visit.
Each punch card turned in will be entered into a drawing to win a prize basket. There will be three grand prize baskets worth more than $250 each, filled with items from participating businesses.
The prize baskets include various items like gift cards, women’s accessories, t-shirts, mugs, candles and more.
“We are expecting a huge turnout,” said Debi Pierson, owner of Toodleydoo Toys.
Pierson said the number of expectant guests on the event’s Facebook page have more than tripled from last year. As of Wednesday, the page had about 880 expectant guests.
Pierson encourages Franklin students to get out and enjoy the event because many stores will be offering special sales so students can find special gifts for friends and family.
Molly Frische, owner of Brick Street Boutique, said special sales can be found at almost all the participating stores.
Her boutique will be selling special holiday gift items and having a gift card promotion.
Senior Kaitlin Arnold works at the boutique and said all of the staff will be present because of the number of guests expected to attend.
“I see this event as an opportunity for Franklin students to explore the small businesses and be apart of the local community,” Arnold said. “This is an easy way for Franklin students to get off campus and enjoy the beautiful fall weather.”
The holiday open house is 10 a.m.–4 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7. More information on the event can be found on the 2015 Downtown Franklin Holiday Open House Facebook page.