Downtown businesses offer patrons holiday open house

'It really brought in the people'

BALDWIN — The heart of downtown is made up of the local shops, restaurants and other services. Business owners along Michigan Avenue in downtown Baldwin received patrons and visitors with open arms on Saturday during the annual downtown open house.

In conjunction with the Christmas parade and Santa's appearance in Baldwin, stores offered holiday specials and provided goodies and treats, such as coffee, hot chocolate and snacks, as a way to show appreciation to the community and provide an opportunity for people to support local businesses.

"Every year, the  open house is a way to promote downtown, run sales and give someone breaks on items such as coats, shoes and all that good stuff," said Lynn Ulman, at Pandora's Box. "We've even sold some St. Ann's cookbooks."

Eli Cambridge, owner at Red Tree Curiosities, which offers art by local artists, antiques and other unique items, was happy to see the openhouse draw folks downtown.

"I'm glad to see people downtown today," she said, adding how her shop started out with five artists and now is up to 30 artists. "This has been a pretty good year. Having the Blessing of the Bikes and Troutarama back has been a bonus. It really brought in the people."