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Nine local businesses will be offering a week-long ladies week of specials, prizes and fun shopping

RAMONA MCCALLISTER - Somerli McLain, at Sweet Willow and Company, is a new participant this year, who is hoping that it turns out to be a great event that gets people out a little bit more, but with the safe social distancing.

The annual Sip and Shop event that local ladies look forward to every year will look a little different this year.

The good news is that the event will be held, in spite of COVID, but it will be extended throughout a week, beginning Monday, Nov. 9. Open House week 2020 looks to be a fun week of shopping at some of Prineville's best retail.

"The event is more open-ended than it has been in the past, including a week-long versus one night for this year," explained co-organizer Michelle Simpson of the Posie Shoppe.

"We wanted to respect each business and what they want to focus on, so we are all still doing the prizes and card-stamping all week."

She added that each business will do their own list of specials, extended hours and other prizes.

"The specific one-night will be back next year," Simpson noted, of the need to change how they did the event.

She went on to say that the biggest reason for changing the one-night event to a week was taking into consideration the big crowds they usually have on the one-night event held each year.

"It is usually shoulder to shoulder, and it just seemed not very responsible to do that this year—safety wise," noted Simpson. "That is why we extended it to the week, because we are hoping people can still get out and get into the businesses, but there will not be the crush that there is normally."

She added that the businesses are hoping to entice customers to visit the participating businesses throughout the week, and each business will post their specials and hours on the Facebook webpage Open House Week 2020. Each business will also post their own individual specials and hours on heir individual websites.

Some businesses are not able to stay open extra hours, so each business will customize their hours to their comfort level.

The Posie Shoppe will have a daily drawing for an arrangement, as well as a drawing for six months of flowers. They will have specials and sales that change each day.

"Our goal is to make it so that each day is enticing," Simpson added.

Rick Steber and Company-Makers, is one of the new participants this year for the annual event. Steber will also offer extended hours Wednesday through Friday. In addition, some of their makers will offer some specials throughout the week. There will be a grand prize at the end, which includes $50 in Steber books and a maker's basket.

Steber will also be available for book-signing throughout the week.

"Somehow business has to get back to the business of business," emphasized Steber. "We need to have customers come in—that's what it's all about … that's my hope, is that we can get people out and around, moving and taking a look at things. It's vitally important that if we are going to have a local economy that we support our local economy."

Rick Steber and Company-Makers can be found at 131 NE Fifth St., Prineville, contact 541-447-3115. Regular hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

Somerli McLain at Sweet Willow and Company is also a new participant this year. She has four other vendors who rent space in her building, including Rustic Hammer, Two Gifty Girls, Willow Wild and Violet Sage Jewelry. There are candles, gourmet foods, local-made jewelry, and a recently opened clothing section from Willow Wild.

"I am hoping that it turns out to be a great event that gets people out a little bit more, but with the safe social distancing—since we are doing it for the whole week."

McLain will offer a different special each day and mini-drawings each day, with a grand drawing at the end for a $150 gift basket from their store, in addition to a gift certificate for their chocolate truffle case.

Sweet Willow is located at 233 NW Third St., Prineville, contact 541-279-6652.

Returning vendors this year include:

Home Beautiful Oregon, 750 NW Fourth St., Prineville; phone 541-447-1003

Vintage Cottage, 341 N. Main St., Prineville; phone 541-233-9211

Posie Shoppe, 127 NW Third St., Prineville; phone 541-447-4397

Bayberry Lane, 341 N. Main St., Prineville; phone 541-233-3057

Wild Rose Boutique, 290 NW Third St., Prineville; phone 541-903-5556

Terry's Jewelry, 134 NW Third St., Prineville; phone 541-447-7122

Déjà vu Aveda Concepts Salon, 123 NE Fourth St., Prineville; phone 541-416-0535

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Open House Week 2020 will be Monday-Friday, Nov. 9-13. Hours will vary with each vendor.

For a link to Open Hosue Week 2020, visit Facebook.

Get your card stamped at the following businesses to enter to win these fantastic prizes:

The Posie Shoppe: 6 months of flowers ($300 value)

Terry's Jewelry & Gifts: 4 $50 gift certificates

Home Beautiful Oregon: $100 gift basket

The Vintage Cottage: $50 gift certificate

The Wild Rose Boutique: 2 $50 gift certificates

Bayberry Lane: $50 gift certificate

Deja Vu Aveda Concepts Salon: 6 $35 gift certificates toward any hair service

Sweet Willow & Co.: $100 gift basket and $25 gift certificate

Rick Steber Makers: $100 gift basket to include $50 in Rick Steber books

Each store will have specials and surprises all week long, Monday November 9 through Friday November 13th. Visit and get a stamp, then leave your card at the last shop you visit by 5 p.m. on Friday November 13th. You can visit and get your card stamped all week long,


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