The Market on the Mountain invites everyone to drop by on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6, and sample yummy products from some outstanding vendors. There will be several new lines featured, including wonderful jams and jellies and several flavors of sticky puddings, including toffee, chocolate, and lemon. The Market will also offer tastes of ham biscuits and mint brownies, perfect for your holiday entertaining, as well as a new line of cheesecakes from the Tennessee Cheesecake Company. There are too many gourmet hard-to-find goodies to list here, so you just need to stop in and see. And sample! Of course, the deli will be cooking Christmas dinner and you can pre-order casseroles, as well as individual plates. And don’t forget, they make gift baskets, which are great hostess presents.
The Mountain Escape Spa will offer free mini-services on December 3 from 4-8 p.m., as well as 10 percent off and hors d’oeuvres. From noon to 5 p.m. on December 4 and 5, enjoy 10 percent off retail prices, door prizes and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a trunk showing of jewelry, featuring Hazel Smyth, and Audrey Michelle (a.k.a. Michelle Russell.) The store has many candles, including the ever-popular Frasier fir, as well as red currant and gingerbread scents. Clothing items include Softies socks and cozy hooded sweaters, as well as pajamas and tunics that would be perfect under the tree. Those wonderful gift certificates make a perfect present!
Stop by Yessick’s on Saturday, December 5, for storewide discounts. The store is full of gifts, including leggings, jackets, scarves, hats and purses, plus many Christmas food items like jams, holiday coffees, soup mixes, cake and pie mixes, plus Oprah’s favorite toffee. There are flasks, baby items, purses, Arthur Court pewter, lots of jewelry, stemless monogrammed wine glasses, Mud-Pie outfits, Christmas potpourri, napkins, aprons, and plates, adorable burlap shopping bags, dog treats, and amusing cocktail napkins. Stocking stuffers are in abundance at Yessicks and many are priced well below $5!
I hope you didn’t miss Fairyland Pharmacy’s open house on November 28, when the store was offering 20 percent off everything. It is always a very festive affair and a perfect kickoff for the season. Alan Voges Jr. gave out 85 (the age of his late father) $2 bills, so the legacy of Alan Voges Sr. continues. This pharmacy always amazes me with what it carries. There are animated plush animals, Russell Stover’s candies, gourmet nuts, hardware, clever cocktail napkins, Christmas plates, cards, invitations and napkins, Melissa and Doug wooden toys, phone chargers, adorable animal boot toppers … You have to come browse to see it all.
Our mountain may be small, but we have a lot to offer. Besides the merchandise, gift certificates from any of the stores or restaurants are always a treat for everyone. You can have your malls or be disappointed with online purchases, but me, I’d rather shop on the top and support our local businesses, and save myself a lot of stress and time. Happy shopping!
by Gwin Tugman