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Java J’s Ladies Night and Kelly’s Flowers Holiday Open House will be Thursday

Jessie McClellan browses Java J's during the store's ninth annual Ladies Night in November 2017. Java J's 10th annual Ladies Night, as well as Kelly's Flowers and Gifts Holiday Open House, will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Both businesses will offer 25 percent discounts on everything in the stores, refreshments and prizes.
Jessie McClellan browses Java J's during the store's ninth annual Ladies Night in November 2017. Java J's 10th annual Ladies Night, as well as Kelly's Flowers and Gifts Holiday Open House, will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday. Both businesses will offer 25 percent discounts on everything in the stores, refreshments and prizes.

As the season changes from the hot, balmy days of summer to the cool, crisp days of fall, people begin thinking about holiday shopping and Creston businesses start decking the halls and offering special prices to entice people to shop locally first.

Java J’s and Kelly’s Flowers and Gifts want to help give Creston residents, particularly the ladies, a chance to avoid the post-Thanksgiving, holiday shopping rush.

Java J’s annual Ladies Night will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and will offer shoppers an opportunity to save 25 percent on anything they can fit into a reusable bag that will be handed out at the door. The discount includes hardware and other items from True Value as well, with exclusions that include ammunition, pet food, power tools and Hallmark holiday ornaments.

Other than the ornaments, all other Hallmark items that will fit in the bag are included in the 25 percent special discount

“I’m excited to see all the gals come in who maybe haven’t seen the Hallmark department because it’s so new,” said Java J’s owner Juliann Sinn.

Java J’s has hosted a ladies night every year since it opened 10 years ago. The event has always been hosted as an opportunity to thank the customers and offer them a little extra savings. Refreshments will also be served and as shoppers enter the store Thursday afternoon, they can add their name to a pot to be eligible for a variety of door prizes, but Sinn said what they get will be a surprise.

“We have pretty much restocked everything we can to get ready for this,” said Sinn. “We’re pretty excited because it’s become quite the event. It’s kind of a social event too.”

This will be the second year Kelly’s Flowers and Gifts has held an open house, which will also be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and the decision to hold it during the same hours as Java J’s Ladies Night is no coincidence.

“Last year was the first year she (Elly Greene) did that, and it was great,” said Sinn. “People were coming and going back and forth to both.”

Greene, the store manager for Kelly’s Flowers, learned a few tricks after last year’s open house and things will be slightly different this year. Instead of a 20 percent discount, Greene said shoppers will save 25 percent on everything in the store, including new items.

“We brought in a ton of new decor items and gift items, like simple, inexpensive stocking stuffer gifts,” said Greene. “We’ll have a drawing for a free gift that we’ll announce on Facebook and a free pie giveaway. Pie of their choice which is the perfect time for Thanksgiving and they can plan it that way.”

The only exceptions are the plants and items upstairs that have already been deeply discounted.

She also said they decided not to have a second open house on Saturday like they did last year simply because the turnout wasn’t as large as they had thought it was going to be.

In addition to the discount and a chance to win a pie, shoppers will also be able to sample wine, as well as snacks, from the cafe.

“This is kind of like a big thank you for our amazing customers here that help support our business year round,” said Greene. “That’s why we’re happy to discount stuff and have a night for people who can’t come out throughout the week.”

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