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The kickoff to the Christmas shopping season begins Sunday with the Tullahoma Holiday Shopping Expo. This is the third year of the retail event and one that event coordinator Dawn Bellamy of Designer Events said is all about “community.”
”Not only do we have small local businesses involved, but Tullahoma downtown’s businesses are joining in the efforts. This is also a great time for the community to come out and support local business in Tullahoma,” said Bellamy. She adds that since its startup three years ago, the event has continued to grow.
Bellamy said the event began with a little over 20 vendors and has continued to grow.
“We began having the expo at the Tullahoma Events Center. We were able to fit around 23 vendors comfortably. As the event continued, the list of local businesses that want to be involved has grown. In order to accommodate more vendors without compromising booth size, we went to the First Christian Church Annex to see if they were interested in joining the event.”
Pam Bussell with First Christian Church said Bellamy’s proposal couldn’t have come at a better time as the church was preparing for its annual Ten Thousand Villages shopping event.
“This is a great opportunity to combine both events,” said Bussell. By combining events, Bellamy would also be able to bring in additional vendors, as First Christian will be allowing vendors to set up in the annex.
Bellamy added that this is a perfect opportunity for the two events to come together.
“We are really grateful to First Christian for allowing us to set up in the annex. We will be able to fit more vendors and putting our list at almost 40 businesses who will be available for the event.”
Vendors for the event will include:
Sew What? – Dawn Bellamy
Thirty-One – Sherrie Irvin Thomas
Crafty Chick – Katie Gonzales Gleason
Origami Owl – Whitney McKelvie
Silver Mine Jewelry & Gifts – Tamela A. Hampton
Scentsy – April Matthews McCreary
Quirky Design – Dawn Rossman Warren
Kerry Kimmel Photography – Kerry Pennington Kimmel
Grace Adele – Andrea Evans
ACE/SABA – Dawn Anderson
Enrichment Café – Desiree Porter
Shaklee: Healthy Home – Marianne Cavett
It Works: Ultimate Body Applicator – Loni Buchloz
The Pampered Chef – Kimberly Pfender
Tupperware – Connie Sheely
MiaLisia – Shelly Shanks
Country Gourmet Home – Connie Jones
Hippie Sister Artwork – Reta Lappin Smith
Miche – Shelley Kosiorek
All Things Crafty – Rene Cavett and Laura Kuntz
Mary Kay – Casey Burrahm
Lia Sophia – Christian DeWald
Water’s Edge Chocolates – Ginny Wilson
Crim de la Crim Boutique – Melody Crim
Beads 4U – Melodie Young
Sweet Tea Bakery – Erica Colter
Next Chapter Barefoot Book – Jennifer Baltimore
Princess House – Teresa Abdellatif
Too Cute – Heidi Holmes
Kettle Korn – Derrick Holmes and Sons
Tullahoma Takedown Club – food booth (hamburgers, hot dogs, chili and sodas)
The Big Green Truck – Food truck
Shabby Chic Kids Clothes – Trina Pullum
“These are all locally owned businesses,” said Bellamy. “Some have store fronts such as mine and other are local businesses that work from their homes such as Origami Owl, Thirty-One products, and Stella Dot. It’s a little bit of everything that offers a unique selection of gifts for the whole family.”
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit fair trade organization that markets
handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans from more than 120 artisan groups in more than 35 countries.
“We have been doing the sale for a number of years and it offers some very unique items that make for great gifts and also serve a worthy cause,” said Bussell.
Products that will available to purchase include pottery, wall decorations, jewelry, and more. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the main church building of First Christian Church.
Bellamy said she would love to see the both events continue to grow and possibly become a downtown community event.
“This year we have several downtown Tullahoma businesses who will be staying open on Sunday in support of the event and also give shoppers a chance to check them out,” said Bellamy. “Businesses such as Clayton’s Shoes, Reminisce Antiques, and Daddy Billy’s will also be open for business on Sunday. This is a family friendly event and we welcome the whole family to come out enjoy a day of shopping.
The Tullahoma Events Center is located at 205 NW Atlantic St., while the First Christian Church Annex is located right next door. The Ten Thousand Villages shop will be located inside First Christian Church, located on the corner of Grundy and Jackson streets.
Hours for the shopping expo are 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday.