PIQUA — The local community got a jump on their holiday shopping during Mainstreet Piqua’s Holiday Open House held on Friday and Saturday.
“Today, it’s taking off like a shot,” John Peltier, sales associate at Barclay’s, said on Saturday.
Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothiers is currently ramping up for the holidays. They offer a selection of men’s and big and tall men’s suits, sports coats and sportswear, plus new ladies’ clothing lines exclusive to specialty boutiques. The store has contemporary looks as well as gift items for teens and ladies.
“We’ve been in business for 68 years,” Tess Gray, sales associate, said. Barclay’s is third generation owned and operated.
Consumers are encouraged to shop locally and benefit from the type of personal attention that shops like Barclay’s have to offer.
“You get the personal shopping attention you won’t get in department stores,” Gray said.
Gray also mentioned that Barclay’s offers in-house tailoring, which may not be available at large chains or big box stores.
“We offer that hometown feel with the big town looks,” Gray said.
All suits, top coats, and sport coats are currently on sale at Barclay’s. The fall and winter styles have also arrived in the ladies boutique there.
Not far from Barclay’s, Harvest Pantry was taking part in their first Holiday Open House in downtown Piqua.
“It has been very good,” owner Lisa Dotson said on Saturday. Dotson explained that they stayed open later on Friday night — until 8 p.m. — and “it was great.”
Pam Bushnell, formerly of Piqua and now from Miamisburg, was shopping in Harvest Pantry and checking out what the downtown area had to offer. Bushnell said that she tries to shop locally to support small businesses and see the different products they have to offer.
“I’m a crafter, and I like those who support us … without going through the big chains,” said Bushnell, who crafts a variety of items like jewelry and blankets. “It’s nice to see what else (other people are doing.)”
Dotson also explained that shopping local helps people in and around the community to connect.
“They can walk through the door and recognize the person as a local, hometown person,” Dotson said. “They want that local connection.” Dotson, who lives in Piqua, is able to create a bond with her customers through that hometown spirit and by being a “hometown person.”
“I’m one of you,” Dotson said.
Other businesses that participated in the Holiday Open House included Allisten Manor’s Flower Box, Gerlach’s Flowers by Sharron, The Tapestry Angel, Joe Thoma Jewelry, Can’t Stop Running Co., Ken-Mar Antiques, Apple Tree Gallery, Readmore’s Hallmark, Winans Chocolates and Coffees, Baby Bump, and Miami County AAA.
Any purchases of $10 or more made from participating businesses during the Holiday Open House weekend were eligible for a ticket for the Win the Window Contest. All the participating businesses donated an item that is on display at 409 N. Main St. The drawing for the Win the Window contest will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall