By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Shoppers carrying brightly-wrapped gifts, Christmas music wafting through the air and the sun shining brightly made for a picturesque afternoon at downtown Tupelo’s Holiday Open House.
Tupelo’s downtown area usually is pretty quiet on Sundays, but the open house had customers out and about throughout the downtown area. Businesses like the Caron Gallery, Monogram It!, His Hers Antiques & Collectibles and Voe’s all had special deals or refreshments waiting on customers.
It was the first downtown open house for two new shops – Rosie’s Cookies, Cakes & Cream and Serendipity Too – and both were bustling with business.
“It’s been a very pleasing Sunday afternoon,” said Rosie’s owner Rose McCoy. “It’s been a wonderful treat since God has given us beautiful weather.”
Her main bakery, Creative Cakes, has participated in open houses in previous years, but this was Rosie’s first, since the additional location has been open since October. Families snacked on jellies and jams, caramel cake and cider at Rosie’s.
Meanwhile, wassail was the drink of choice at Serendipity Too.
Customers browsed brightly colored scarves, pajamas, jewelry and pottery at the shop, which has been open a month, said owner Judy Simpson.
“We’ve seen a super, super turn-out,” she said.
A veteran of the downtown holiday open house is the GumTree Museum, which wrapped up its third annual Sip & Shop event on Sunday too. Sip & Shop had its preview party Friday and continued into Saturday and Sunday.
Memphis metal artist Jennifer Hyatt, fiber/metal artist Linda Lindale from Amory and mixed media artists Mike and Becky Childs from Columbus were a few of the artists selling their work at GumTree.
“We like to take advantage of the open house opportunity for these artists to show their work,” said GumTree Museum’s director Kit Stafford. “It’s a great opportunity for us to provide these artists who don’t show at GumTree or have retail space a place to be seen.”