Jingle Fest: Main Street Merchants Join Hands for Charities
Author: Linda S. Hopkins
Even a gloomy economy can’t stifle the American spirit of giving. Nevertheless, consumers are searching for ways to stretch their dollars and make their gifts count. To that end, the merchants at Main Street Village are offering a stimulus package that not only benefits you as a customer, but also supports some very important causes.
According to ArtWare owner, Jennifer Megliore, who serves as “mayor” of the Main Street Merchant Association, the store owners are joining hands to make your seasonal shopping less stressful and more meaningful. “We have a whole holiday of values,” she said, explaining that merchants will be offering their own special deals every week throughout the month of December. But it all starts with Jingle Fest, an open house event on December 3, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
This year’s Jingle Fest has a dual purpose: to save customers money by offering generous discounts and to come to the aid of area non-profits by donating a portion of the day’s proceeds.
Spreading the love
Instead of selecting just one beneficiary of the event earnings, the Main Street merchants are spreading the love by concentrating on their charities of choice. Here is a sampling of participating stores—their special plans for Jingle Fest and their causes:
ArtWare: Megliore has chosen to support animal causes, including the Hilton Head Humane Association, SNAC (Spay and Neuter Clinic), PAL (Palmetto Animal League) and Friends of the Bluffton Dog Park. In addition to the usual selection of artful gifts and jewelry available at ArtWare, Teresa Brandow of Stella Snacks will be on hand with her homemade, all-natural doggie treats, along with a special guest artist from Brunswick, Ga., offering an array of unique Christmas ornaments.
En Vogue: Owner, Patricia Moreira-Hufenbecher will be serving refreshments and offering discounts on exquisite bridal wear and special occasion dresses. In turn, she has chosen to donate 10 percent of the day’s proceeds to the Sunset Rotary Club, with funds specifically earmarked for the Hilton Head Island and Bluffton Special Olympics.
Just Precious: Manager/buyer, Charlene Elder, invites customers to stop off for special discounts and “surprises” at Hilton Head Island’s most unique toy store. A portion of your purchases will benefit Hospice Care of the Lowcountry.
Legends Sports Gallery: Jerry Glenn will be discounting all your favorite sports memorabilia for the day and handing out cinnamon candy Santas to sweeten the deal. He’s donating a portion of his profits to the Hilton Head Humane Association.
Lettrs: Going all out for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, Debbie Timen is offering a variety of special promotions. In addition to all her usual personalized gifts, she will be hosting a Vera Bradley trunk show and also featuring handbags from Spartina 449. She will be serving refreshments and giving away door prizes, including Tyler candles and other goodies.
Mangiamo!: Owner/operator, Brian Bambeck, encourages shoppers to drop in for a pizza and give a homeless pet a chance for a better life. Bambeck supports the Hilton Head Humane Association all year round and will make a special donation based on his sales from the event.
Pink House Gallery: Nancy Voegele is going the extra mile this year for Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, the organization that provided compassionate end-of-life care for her dad. She will be offering 15 percent off selected merchandise and services, including artwork and custom framing of prints and posters.
Robert’s Village Jewelers: Stop by for refreshments and be dazzled by an array of stunning jewelry and gifts, including Swarovski crystal and Lladro fine porcelain figurines. Receive discounts on selected merchandise and know that your purchases will benefit Island Lutheran Preschool, providing a safe learning environment for children ages 3-5, with an emphasis on Christian values.
Salon 5200: Sheila Clark says she and her entire staff have a soft spot for animals. The stylists will be hosting a hugging booth, featuring puppies and kittens—a fun, interactive station where, for a small donation, you can enjoy holding and loving an animal looking for a forever home. Proceeds benefit the Hilton Head Humane Association.
Sweet Indulgence: At her charming dessert café, Kathy Brunais will be serving up all the usual treats and sweets for a very special cause. She is donating event profits to a San Diego cancer clinic, where her sister is undergoing alternative treatments for breast cancer. Brunais wants to contribute so that other patients can have the same opportunity to explore non-conventional therapies typically not covered by insurance.
The Stock Exchange: In their upscale designer consignment boutique, Mary Lou and Skip Haskell will be picking up your tax on any purchases made during Jingle Fest. A portion of their proceeds will be used to send gift packages to the U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
Festivities will include holiday treats, musical entertainment, Santa visits and more. So, make your list, check it twice, and head on over to Main Street Village for the gifts that will keep on giving.
For more information, call Jennifer at (843) 682-3400.