Embracing the Season, Supporting Local: Holiday Open House

By : Emma Johnston

The Burford and Area Business Association (BABA) along with downtown Burford Businesses, local churches and service groups are working diligently to bring about a special Holiday Open House on Friday November 27 from 6-9 PM. With almost twenty stores, restaurants and service industries open late and offering a wide variety of specials, giveaways, door prizes and more, this is an event worth checking out!
Due to nine months of the COVID pandemic that has hindered sales, limited social gatherings and impacted our independent businesses, along with the cancelling of the Burford parade and Breakfast with Santa, the Burford and Area Business Association felt it was time to do something to help! Though social distancing rules remain in place and hygiene practices are essential, the Association began reaching out to downtown businesses for ideas. Some, like Miles Flowers, were already setting up a special holiday event, others were at a loss of where to begin. This is where BABA came into play; by reaching out to each of the businesses, establishing a date, advertising and encourage participation, the Holiday Open House came to be. The town will be open and buzzing on the evening of Friday November 27th. With holiday music playing downtown, the Tree of Hope which will be lit outside the Anglican Church as a beacon to our small community, along with all the specials and freebies there will be a definite holiday feel.
The local businesses, all who invest heavily into the town and rely on the support of the community are thrilled to offer something festive to the village. Local churches and service groups are also finding ways to be part of the community wide open house and add a little joy to the holiday season. Watch their individuals sites for updates.
“It’s a way to offer something different for the people who live here, a night of shopping, music and just good ol’ festive fun” said one business owner.
Betty Johnston of Betty’s Place and Betty’s Own Chocolate explains that, “in a year of hardship and uncertainty, we need to feel the comfort of familiar things – like shopping in our favourite stores, seeing familiar businesses faces and hearing familiar holiday music. November 27 will bring those festive feelings to our community.”
That is exactly what the Holiday Open House hopes to do! This is an event for our community, by our community and there will be plenty to check out on the 27th.
Cravin’ a Burger will have a special ‘Dinner and a Movie’ deal, Envy Café will be offering free coffee and hot chocolate, Robby’s Pizza will have treats for kids coming by, Pharmasave will have 30% off everything in the store (some restrictions apply), Burford Nails and Hair will have discounts on purchases over $30 as well as ‘nail polish deals, for those coming in. Betty’s Place will be selling Bettys own Chocolate Bark and housing a number of local artisans. Joshua Osuch of Universal Epoxy Woodworking will be set up at Betty’s Place selling charcuterie boards, coasters and trays. A number of other crafters will be set up downtown as well. Oliva Market will be offering a free gift with every purchase over $25, The Burford Advance will have a ‘Live Local’ draw, along with custom cards and prints, Godfathers has a draw for their “Strip Madness” deal and Miles Flowers will have a 52 Card draw with opportunities to receive up to 50% off in store purchases, along with multiple sales, winter urns and special products.
Many others including Home Hardware, Foodland, The Log House, Deanna’s Barber Shop as well as others not listed here will be offering special deals and festive holiday cheer during the evening. “It really has been amazing how much the community is coming together” says one member of BABA, “people want to see Burford thrive and this is a great way to support our businesses!”
This event is designed to create a festive shopping experience, but safety measures will be in full effect. For all those wishing to support local, we are reminding people to wear their masks, send designated shoppers, stay home if sick and wash your hands regularly. All businesses will be following Provincial and County guidelines for health and hygiene and will be contact tracing as well as limiting shoppers in their places of business.
This has been a challenging year for many, but especially for small business owners. The Burford Businesses Holiday Open House, set for next Friday evening, is a great chance to support local, get some holiday shopping done and bring a little holiday cheer. Please join us!

Embracing the Season, Supporting Local: Holiday Open House

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