MT. PLEASANT — Instead of mixing and mingling this year, Mt. Pleasant is asking shoppers to mask up and mingle at its third annual holiday open house. Jingle, Jingle, Mask and Mingle, set to take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, will kick off the holiday shopping season for businesses downtown.
Lisa Oetken, director of Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance’s Main Street, said most retailers will be redecorating their spaces and taking in holiday stock the last weekend in October in preparation for the open house the following Friday. As shoppers peruse the racks and shelves, shops also will offer wine tastings as part of a wine walk.
“Most of the traditional retail businesses will be participating,” Oetken said. Last year, 19 retailers were part of the event.
In years past, the Chamber has offered a map of participating shops as a guide for shoppers. Oetken said there will not be a map this year to encourage shoppers to explore all the stores available downtown.
The director added the Main Street and downtown businesses are encouraging people to shop safely. Stores will be observing social distance, asking shoppers to wear a mask and will be “taking every precaution to keep the public safe.”
“With as big of a downtown that we have, we believe it will be safe for people to spread out and go to different stores. There shouldn’t be any clump ups,” Oetken said.
Last year, the event drew several hundred shoppers to the downtown area. With the pandemic, Oetken said she’s not quite sure how many people will take part in the event this year.
The open house and wine walk are one of several holiday events Main Street has planned this holiday season.
“We’ve really upped our holiday schedule. It’s important to shop local and keep downtown businesses strong. It’s the heart of Mt. Pleasant and Main Street and the downtown retailers do everything we can to continue to support each other,” she said.