Merchants excited for Open House Weekend

Published 2:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2015

Christmas Open House, a tradition for Troy for many years, has changed over the course of time. One thing that hasn’t changed is the excitement and anticipation it brings.

“It’s become a tradition in Troy for the merchants to have Open House here,” said Scherr Qualls, owner of Douglas Bros. Jewelry. “A lot of people come down and just enjoy the day. Most of the time it is a beautiful day, and this year should be no exception.”

Marley Park and Mallory Hughes Morgan, sisters and owners of The Confetti Crate would say that they are as excited, if not more excited, for Christmas Open House than the customers.

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“This is one of the most fun weekends of the entire year,” Morgan said. “Troy is absolutely awesome during this weekend. Locals come out and show so much support.”

Park and Morgan recently celebrated the third birthday of The Confetti Crate, and have seen a change in Troy in those three short years.

“So many more people are supporting local businesses and shopping local,” Morgan said. “We’ve been able to watch it grow.”

In addition to the ornament decorating on the Square, The Confetti Crate will also be offering a holiday DIY, allowing customers to decorate ornaments in front of the store.

Chelsea Haisten, owner of E+Me, strives to give her customers a full Christmas experience in addition to good shopping deals.

“I look forward to seeing everyone’s faces when they come in the store, and it’s like a magical place,” Haisten said. “We’ve transformed it from our normal décor. I hope that children can look back and remember coming into our store during Christmas.”

One business joined the Downtown Troy family on The Square just in time to join in for Open House.

Family Ties opened its doors Friday for customers to experience Open House and will have it’s grand opening Monday on its 13th birthday.

“We have always participated in Open House,” said Lauren Prawius, co-owner of Family Ties.

“We are excited to be able to be part of the downtown events.”

Prawius co-owns Family Ties with her mother, Debbie Darby. Both are eager to see how their store blossoms by moving to the Square, especially in time for Open House.

“We are thrilled to be here, and we are glad that we get to be here for our 13th birthday,” Darby said. “We are ready for the opportunities to come.”