Maben merchants hold open houses

By Dottie Dewberry

For the WPT

 

“To my knowledge this is the first-ever Christmas open house held by a business in Maben. Of course, I could be wrong.”

MABEN — Saturday, Nov. 16, Swank on Main, a new gift and specialty clothing store, opened the doors to one and all for refreshments and an opportunity to select gifts for Christmas.

Assisting Stephanie Contreras was her daughter, Lexi Rae Bright; Stephanie’s mom, Carolyn McMullen; Cindy Garton and her young daughter, Gracie Garton; and Amy Copley. Everybody had a job: whether serving refreshments, sacking up gifts in attractive bags done up in red ribbon and red tissue paper or ringing up the purchases for the many eager shoppers.

In addition to the clothing and other regular merchandise, there were holiday ornaments, burlap gift bags filled with a packet of hot chocolate drink mix/ peppermint candy cane and a refreshment table covered in goodies to partake.

It would be safe to say that they all left happy.

As I rambled on down the street to the Old City Hall, two young women (Jennifer Stovall and Katelin Bigham) have pitched their hat in the ring of young merchants offering a variety of merchandise for sale: phone chargers and phone accessories, bows, bow holders, children’s clothing, leg warmers, owl necklaces and crochet owl hats, baby head bands and bows, ponytail holders and camo-rompers.

Christmas-decorated wreaths can be made to order.

They also had a table of refreshments for the browsing customers.

In addition to this they have few items made of pallets for sale. Yep, pallets. Just go place your order with Mark Stovall.

Out front there were some beautiful rocking chairs made by Samuel Bigham. He also makes picnic tables. He was taught to make these chairs by

Big Pat of Swain Swings in Starkville.

Go by and take a look.

Gradually I made myself on around the block and dropped in on Jesse Clare Johnson Bland, the daughter of Jr. and Kathy Johnson.

She hosted an open house in the Johnson Logging Building. She will be providing realty service for the area. Currently her office is located in FJH Realty along with the Johnson Logging.

There will be a follow-up story on this young lady Realtor who is following a long line of loggers.

Congratulations to these young people who wish to show their appreciation to their customers on this special open house day.

Old City Hall: Katelin Bigham, Kaley Stovall and Jennifer Stovall

Old City Hall: Katelin Bigham, Kaley Stovall and Jennifer Stovall

Swank on Main: (front) Gracie Garton, Cindy Garton, Amy Copley, (back) Carolyn McMullen, Lexi Rae Bright and Stephanie Contreras

Swank on Main: (front) Gracie Garton, Cindy Garton, Amy Copley, (back) Carolyn McMullen, Lexi Rae Bright and Stephanie Contreras

FJH Realty: Joyce Brown and Jesse Clare Johnson Bland

FJH Realty: Joyce Brown and Jesse Clare Johnson Bland