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The annual after-hours holiday open house is set for Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 downtown businesses

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 - The Posie Shoppe owner Michelle Simpson, who has helped organize the annual Holiday Open House and Ladies Night, puts the finishing touches on a Christmas display at her shop. The annual event is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 downtown businesses.

This Thursday evening, local ladies can get a head start on their holiday shopping and have a chance to win some extra gifts.

Holiday Open House and Ladies Night, featuring after-hours local shopping, sales, refreshments and prizes, happens from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at several Prineville shops.

"It started out as our anniversary, and then we joined in with other businesses, and it transformed into a kick-off to the holidays," said The Posie Shoppe owner Michelle Simpson, who has helped organize the annual event, noting that this year is her shop's 50th anniversary. "It's an open house for everyone to get out and see things and have a little girlfriend time."

Ten downtown businesses will be open after hours for Ladies Night: Terry's Jewelry, The Posie Shoppe, Clothesline, Home Beautiful Oregon, The Wild Rose Boutique, The Vintage Cottage, Le Petit Flower Shop, Bayberry Lane, Deja Vu Salon, and Mountain Girl Designs.

Four new businesses have joined the event this season. Le Petit Flower Shop, Bayberry Lane and Mountain Girl Designs all have new storefronts this year.

"Deja Vu has been in business but is just joining us for the first time this year," Simpson pointed out.

All stores will have 20 percent off sales storewide during Ladies Night.

"Aside from the 20 percent off storewide, which we all do, everybody has their own twist on it," Simpson said. "Everybody will have some kind of complimentary refreshments, goodies and drinks."

In addition to the sale, shoppers will be eligible for prizes as well.

Ladies age 16 and older can pick up a Holiday Open House and Ladies Night postcard at any of the businesses. That's where the open house week comes in.

On the back of the postcard is a list of all the businesses that are participating and their grand prizes.

Shoppers must get their postcard stamped at each business they visit this week in order to be eligible for the grand prize. Then, they must turn in their stamped postcards to any one of the participating businesses by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. On Saturday morning, Simpson will collect the postcards and draw the prize winners.

"The important thing to know and that I try to tell people every year and they're always surprised, is that you can get those stamped all week, starting Monday. So, you don't have to do it that night. That night gets very hectic," Simpson laughed. "It's a very short time to get to all the businesses. So if you don't want to bring your card around that night and just do it any other time during the week, and as long as it's turned in by Friday at 5, then you'll be entered in the drawing."

Prizes include six months of flowers from The Posie Shoppe; four $50 gift certificates from Terry's Jewelry; three $25 gift certificates from Clothesline; a $100 gift basket from Home Beautiful Oregon; a $50 gift certificate from The Vintage Cottage; a $50 gift certificate from Le Petit Flower Shop; a $50 gift certificate from Bayberry Lane; three $30 gift certificates from The Wild Rose Boutique; two $25 gift certificates from Mountain Girl Designs; and five $30 gift certificates toward any hair service from Deja Vu Salon.

Most of the shops, which offer everything from clothing and gifts to furniture and home décor, are already working on their holiday displays in preparation for Ladies Night. Some shops will even have specials going on all week.

And, while the ladies are shopping for the holidays, seven downtown businesses will be open after hours for their fellas.

Guys Night Out is also set for 5 to 8 p.m. this Thursday. Bullseye Firearms, Ty Kwon Bow Archery, Boots and Blooms Floral, Prineville Men's Wear, Shasta Leatherworks, Prepper Up and Good Bike Co., will all be open after hours.

Simpson said Ladies Night gets bigger and bigger every year, and it's The Posie Shoppe's biggest event they participate in during the year.

"Everybody comes out and socializes, and people spend as much time talking to their friends as they do shopping," she laughed. "It's really a social event and our way to say thank you to all of our community for supporting us all year and have fun getting ready for Christmas."

Ladies Night

Date: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15

Pick up a postcard and shop at these participating businesses: Terry's Jewelry, The Posie Shoppe, Clothesline, Home Beautiful Oregon, The Vintage Cottage, The Wild Rose Boutique, Le Petit Flower Shop, Bayerry Lane, Mountain Girl Designs, and Deja vu Salon.

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