By CHRISTINA M. CURRIE
Daily Press writer
In an effort to draw shoppers to historic downtown Craig this holiday season, the Downtown Business Association is sponsoring several holiday specials and events.
Starting Sunday, participating stores will offer expanded holiday hours. Most Yampa Avenue stores will be open until 7 p.m. through Dec. 24, giving shoppers extra time to fill Christmas wish lists, which businesses are keeping on file.
To participate in the Christmas Gift Registry, fill out a wish list at any participating downtown merchant and tell your friends and family where you have registered.
"I'd rather have people come into the store and tell me what they want than have someone wander all over town," said Nadine Daszkiewicz, owner of the Kitchen Shop and president of the Downtown Business Association.
According to Daszkiewicz, several people have already signed up for the Christmas Gift Registry.
"Most people don't just come in and sign up, but when you ask people if they want to, they really have fun."
In addition to hassle-free shopping, people choosing to fill a loved one's Christmas Gift Registry on Sunday will be able to shop tax free. For the fourth year, downtown business owners will pay the sales tax on all purchases for one day only.
"This is just something to get people excited," Daszkiewicz said. "It's something people really enjoy. People are already asking about tax-free shopping day. They really look forward to it."
The Downtown Business Association is also sponsoring the "12 Days of Christmas" prize search. Starting Sunday, residents can pick up a clue at any one of the 18 participating businesses. New clues will be released each day. Participants won't be able to find where the clues lead until the last one is released. If the puzzle is solved, it should lead the participant to an ordinary object placed downtown. The first person to return the object to Timberworks on Dec. 20 will win a $100 gift certificate good at participating stores and a gift basket, which is also valued at approximately $100.
"This is just something fun for people to do and to get them to go into stores they wouldn't normally go into, Daszkiewicz said.
Daszkiewicz expects this holiday shopping season to be a good one for local merchants.
"A lot of people have been telling us they'll be shopping at home this year," she said. "I just hope people will come down late in the evenings and on Sundays."