Hurtig grandchild

While grandparents Steve and Sammie Hurtig “shopped small” at Fieldstone, grandson Chase entertained himself with the crown he received from an earlier stop at Shelby Floral and Gift on Shop Small Saturday. Malcolm Russell, below, did a little shopping with his mom at Spa 30.

One of Shelby’s most cherished traditions happens this Sunday, Dec. 6, when the Shelby Merchants Association presents the annual Christmas Stroll. Area businesses will be “Making Spirits Bright” all afternoon long with live music, tasty food and unique shopping.

The Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce will host the free community chili feed from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Coyote Club. Bring the kids to visit with Santa and decorate cookies courtesy of Elaine Mitchell from Shelby Paint & Hardware.

Taste-testing continues from 2 – 4, with a chocolate factory at Spa 30, cupcake extravaganza at Northtown Drug courtesy of the Aspers from Whitted Funeral Chapel, and dips and cheeseballs at Shelby Paint & Hardware.

Musical performances highlight the afternoon as onlookers stroll from store to store taking in the talent of their fellow community members. Families, young students, school and church groups, individuals and community ensembles generously share their time and talents through vocal and instrumental performances.

Shelby Merchant Association president Sanna Clark said, “The Christmas Stroll is an opportunity for the entire community to come together and share the spirit of the holidays. It is also gives the Chamber of Commerce and the Merchant Association businesses a chance to say thanks to our loyal customers by providing them with an afternoon of food, entertainment and fellowship.”

Like last year, the Merchant Association will follow up the Stroll with additional events the following weekends. Rockin’ and Shoppin’ Weekend Dec. 10 - 12 will give shoppers a chance to win up to $100 in Shelby Script money, and Christmas Fun for Kids on Dec. 19 will see hay rides, marshmallow toasting and a free matinee movie.

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