Earl Brechlin

Merchants aim to ease Shopping Crush

Earl Brechlin
Julie Veilleux of Window Panes in Bar Harbor shows off some of the items she has “Wrapped and Ready to Go,” to help make holiday shopping easier.

BAR HARBOR — Members of the Bar Harbor Merchants Association are running a promotion called “Wrapped and Ready to Go,” aimed at helping busy shoppers get through the hectic holiday season with ease.

Each participating establishment is featuring wrapped items and gift certificates that are ready for inspection and instant purchase right at the cash register.

“Basically all they have to say is ‘I’ll take it,’ and they’re done,” one organizer said.

The items are perfect for busy shoppers and those who tend to procrastinate or who don’t like to wrap (did you hear that guys?).

In addition, most downtown merchants also are offering free gift wrapping on everything in their stores.

Among the participating merchants in downtown Bar Harbor are: Our New England Country Store, Spruce and Gussy, The Village Emporium, Christmas Spirit Shop, Window Panes, Sherman’s, Stone Soup, Fiore, Side Street Café, The Abbe Museum, Fabricate, Sagegrass Gallery, Fair Trade Winds, Eden Rising, House Wine, and the Jesup Memorial Library.

The library has six bundles of books to raffle off between now and Dec. 10. There are thrillers, mysteries, children’s books and more. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased at the library. The winning tickets will be drawn on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.

The Christmas Spirit Shop is offering special glass ball ornaments.

Masseuse Robin Wade has gift certificates ready to go in a red envelope with a green bow.

Aysgarth Station B&B also is offering gift certificates in any amount.

At Window Panes, several items are featured including a puzzle made from a map of Mount Desert Island, a 2012 calendar and “Bottelabra” which is a special accessory to turn a wine bottle into a votive candle holder.

The Downtown Merchants Association will be hosting their annual holiday open house on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Shops will be offering a variety of deep discounts, special deals, free beverages and snacks and chances for shoppers to enter into a drawing for a bevy of fabulous prizes.

Spruce and Gussy on Mount Desert Street will be hosting its “Bizarre Bazaar,” which is an in-house, artisan craft fair.

The MDI Young Professionals will be wrapping presents at the Village Emporium on Cottage Street during the BHMA Open House.

For more business news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

Earl Brechlin

Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander editor Earl Brechlin first discovered Mount Desert Island 35 years ago and never left. The author of seven guide and casual history books, he is a Registered Maine Guide and has served as president of the Maine and New England Press Associations. He and his wife live in Bar Harbor.

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