By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,237)
Returning once again is the fifth annual East End Holiday Stroll which takes place tomorrow December 15th, between the hours of 11 am – 6 pm. It’s a fun way to support local businesses, pick up holiday gifts and enjoy tasty treats along the way.
The popular raffle is back as well and it’s free. Strollers just need to get their ticket stamped at five different participating businesses to make them eligible for great prizes! There is also a free shuttle, said Tonya Sattin, owner of the new Circa Home and Vintage and the organizer of this year’s event. Previous organizers of the event no longer have a shop presence in the area.
Thirty businesses on the East End are participating this year; they include: Angela Adams, Bakery on the Hill, Bar Lola, Carloson Turner Books, Circa Home and Vintage, Coffee by Design, Cyclemania, Dean’s Sweets, Fraser Art Studio, Ferdinand, Ferricchia, Heartfelt School, Hilltop Coffee, Katie Made Bakery, Knit Wit, Laura Fuller Design Studio, Lila East End Yoga, Maine Mead Works, Ottos, Pepperclub, Plum, Rosemont Bakery, Rosemont Produce Company, Sebago Brewing Company, Sillys, The Heart Opening and Two Fat Cats. Four of those locations, Circa Home and Vintage, Ferricchia, Pepperclub and Silly’s have been designated as warming stations for the day.
“We are not part of the downton business district because we are on the East End,” said Sattin yesteday afternoon. “I’d like to see the East End develop its own identity. This is not the last you’ll hear from the East End businesses. We have a lot of ideas that we are considering on how to support East End businesses,” she said.
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