CONTRIBUTED BY JUDY THOMPSON –
Santa is taking a break from his summer vacation to visit downtown Mena this Friday and Saturday. Mena Downtown Partners is sponsoring Christmas in July, July 21 and 22, with all kinds of things going on. Summer Santa will be in town both days from 10:00 – 2:00, Friday in the 800 block of Main, and from 11:00 – 3:00 Saturday in the 600 block of Main. He will be glad to visit with kids of all ages and to pose for photos.
Downtown shoppers are invited to register at any of the 16 businesses below to take part in the Mega Drawing with 16 chances to win one of the prizes shown:
American Artisans – “Soap Gems” sampler by T. S. Pink Soap Rocks; Chameleon Arts – Admission for two to a ‘Paint & Sip’ event in either August or September; Closet 821 – “Summer Fun” basket including Mena tee, Wine-A-Rita mix, and sampler of What’s Cookin’ items; Coast to Coast – Gooseberry Patch cookbook and kitchen towel set; The Corner Shoppe – $25 gift certificate; The Fair Lady & TFL’s Refinery – $25 gift certificate and summer cooler tote; Lipstick and Curls Salon – Skin and hair care basket; The Mena Antique Mall – Italian necklace with pendant (black & white diamonds); Mena Mattress & More – Choice of queen or king size sheet set; Mena Star – One year subscription; The Mercantile – 7 piece queen size bedding set; Old Bank Antiques – $25 gift certificate; Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) – 1 season pass (August, 2017 – July, 2018); Stewman’s Flowers – $60 fresh arrangement; Stitch Chick & Gifts – Summer wreath; Washburn’s Home Furnishings – $100 gift certificate
The drawings will be at 3:00 PM Saturday with Santa drawing the winning names. The winner does not have to be present. Winners of the Mena Star coloring contest will also be announced, with $100 of cash prizes being given away.
There will be live entertainment on both sides of Mena Street from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday evening, with both Kevin Sweeney and Logan Lind performing. JOLT will be presenting ‘Tom Sawyer’ on both evenings at 7:30 at the Ouachita Little Theatre.
Youngsters can participate in Sidewalk Chalk Art throughout the downtown and show off their artistic talent. Christmas in July is a time of fun and an opportunity to begin early Christmas shopping. Some of the downtown specials are as follow:
Chameleon Arts: 15% off any ‘Paint your own Pottery’ item on Friday, 12-6 and Saturday, 10-8. Paint & Sip, Friday, 6-8:30 with advanced reservation required. $35. Christmas ornaments and figurines will be available to paint these two days.
Closet 821: Huge sidewalk sale with summer and winter inventory. Inside-Food samplings from What’s Cooking and new line, Holiday Nuts. Giveaways from multiple gift companies.
Coast to Coast: Specials on new and closeout merchandise. Friday AM-popcorn, lemonade, and baked goods on sidewalk.
Corner Shoppe: Milk and cookies will be served. Vendors will have individual sales within their booths. Door prize drawings.
Josette’s: 30% discount on all gifts and hair products and $30 pedicures.
Merle Norman: 20% discount on all handbags and jewelry. Buy two Merle Norman products and get a free gift.
Mena Art Gallery: Christmas ornaments and other related Christmas art for sale. Saturday, noon-3 p.m., Indian Taco fundraiser lunch plates for $8.
Mena Mattress & More: 25% dscount on all Field and Stream quilts and comforters and brand name sheets.
Never Enuff Toys: 10% storewide sale.
Sanctified Designs: Saturday- Local CMA chapter, Home Front Warriors, will be giving away hot dogs and doing bike blessings. Inside, there will be face paint and story telling. Richard Pena, author of children’s book The Train that Saved Christmas, will be on hand for book signing. Register for a $100 store gift certificate.
Stewman’s Flowers: Succulent Planting Party-Choose and buy succulent there; either bring own container or containers will be available for purchase; plotting materials and planting and care intructions will be provided at no charge. 50% discount on Christmas ornaments and 40% on flags. Tropical ‘grab and go’ bouquets.
The Mercantile: Free gift with each purchase while supplies last. 20% discount in the General Store on antiques, collectibles, and used items.
In addition to beginning early Christmas shopping, it will be a good time to start thinking early about children who may not be able to have a good Christmas. Toys for Tots boxes will be on the sidewalks. New unwrapped toys or books are welcomed.
Again, the Mena Downtown Partners invite you to experience downtown on July 21 and 22. Enjoy the specials, entertainment and Christmas decorations.