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The Valley Breeze & Observer 11-28-2018

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12 CHRISTMAS IN THE VALLEY 2018 NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 4, 2018 | THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER Enjoy holiday seasonal shopping instead of suffering through it by taking a family trip out- doors during one of the Christmas shopping strolls hosted by local shops, boutiques and antique stores. Despite the rise of online buying, experien- tial retail is still alive and well at "mom and pop" shops. In northern Rhode Island, there are many locally owned small businesses offer- ing a personal experience to assist in finding unique presents. Shopping doesn't need to be a lonely, bum- per-to-bumper traffic experience when there's a "busy sidewalk dressed in holiday style" at Candlelight Shopping in Chepachet Village, or the Christmas Stroll in North Scituate. Glocester On the first three Thursdays of December and the last Saturday before Christmas, the town sidewalks in Glocester are decorated in holiday fashion for Candlelight Shopping, complete with carolers. All the participating shops in Chepachet Village light up the street with luminary bags and flameless candles in the windows. The evening events start at 5 p.m. and shops stay open until 9 p.m. The streets have an old-time feel that 13-year Candlelight Shopping Chairman Charlie Wilson says gives the town an "old-time ambi- ance." Returning for the 25th year, Wilson said seeing the "reconnection between neigh- bors and old friends" walking the street is what makes Candlelight Shopping special. "It's about coming out to see your neighbor, meet new people and seeing new faces while walking and strolling with your family through an old-time village," he said. Wilson, who owns the Town Trader, 1177 Putnam Pike, said coming out for the Candlelight Shopping is an "old-fashioned" family experience, filled with "yankee hospital- ity." Each night will have a special feature beginning with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at the new Pavilion at Kent Field, 1109 Putnam Pike. But, every night various stores along Putnam Pike in downtown Chepachet will be lit up with candles and decorated for Christmas. Truly a town-wide event, the Chepachet Fire Station will serve hot chocolate and cookies each night, while shops along the way will have other festive treats. Inside Wilson's shop are vintage Christmas decorations along with locally crafted jewelry, old-fashioned tools, and much more. A self- proclaimed "people person," Wilson said he enjoys talking with customers and helping Travel back in time with candlelight shopping, stroll By JACQUELYN MOOREHEAD Valley Breeze & Observer Staff Writer jackie@valleybreeze.com A SNOWY OWL DISPLAY at Brown and Hopkins is one of many Holiday decorations throughout the store to inspire the most 'bah humbug' to get into the Christmas spirit. (BREEZE PHOTO BY JAQUELYN MOOREHEAD) Continues on next page 1894 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911 Phone: 401-353-9090 Toll-Free: 1-877-762-9191 Fax: 401-353-1919 www.alphasurgical.com Alpha Surgical, Inc. Home Medical Equipment & Supplies Mobility & Daily Activity Aids • Bathroom Safety Equipment • Hospital Beds & Bed Rails • Walkers/Wheelchairs • Lift and Recline Chairs • Canes/Quad Canes • Reachers/Shoe Horns • Wound Care Supplies • Incontinence Products • Compression Stockings • Diabetic Shoes & Socks Great Gift Ideas! Most insurance accepted Open to the Public "Free Delivery"

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