The Stamford Chamber of Commerce kicked-off the holiday season with the first Blue Christmas on Thursday, November 30. The businesses stayed opened late to participate in Blue Christmas by hosting holiday open houses for the community.
“We were happy to see all of the people around the Square and town going in and out of our local businesses,” Caitlin Richards Stamford Chamber of Commerce executive director said.
The businesses included: BBVA Bank, Beyond Faith Homecare & Rehab, Blue Jean Café, Buffalo Gals Boutique, Farmers Insurance, Holy Hair, Little House of Treasures, Noteworthy, Pink Ladies Thrift Shop, Stamford Health Club, Tractor Supply, Unperfect Fried Pies & Gifts and YourTime Fitness.
Each business hosted customers and visitors with a fun holiday activity and treats specific to their business. Additionally, the Cowboy Country Museum was open late to host old-fashioned ornament making and pictures with Santa in front of their original SMS Ranch chuck wagon. To view the pictures with Santa, visit the Stamford Chamber of Commerce of Facebook page.
“We would also like to say a special thank you to the Stamford Bulldog Band for coming out to help kick off the evening with their musical melodies,” Richards said. “It really made the event even more merrier.”
The Stamford Chamber of Commerce coordinated the event as a way to spread some holiday cheer and promote shopping and spending at Stamford’s local businesses. Blue Christmas kicked-off a raffle promotion to shop and support local businesses as part of the effort.
At the participating businesses, visitors and customers had the opportunity to participate in a raffle ticket incentive. The raffle ticket incentives include spending $10, asking for a quote or purchasing a specialty item at the business.
If customers participated, they were given a raffle ticket to enter the drawing. The raffle prizes include: a $300 cash prize, a $150 cash prize donated by Atmos Energy, a $100 cash prize donated by Wash-Pot, and gift certificates to Blue Jeans Café, Buffalo Gals, Dixie Dog, Little House of Treasures, Makaio & Meme’s, Mi Familia, Noteworthy, Stamford Health Club and Unperfect Fried Pies & Gifts.
Raffle tickets will be available at the participating businesses through Thursday, December 14. For a full list of the businesses and incentives stop by one of the participating businesses (listed above) for a Blue Christmas Guide or visit the Stamford Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page.
Participants will need to drop off their raffle tickets at the Cowboy Country Museum by Thursday, December 14 at 5:30 p.m. to participate in the raffle. The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The drawing for the raffle will be on Friday, December 15 at noon. The winners will be contacted via phone. All participants must put their name and phone number on their tickets to enter the raffle.
“It was so much fun to see all of the families taking pictures with Santa and then going around to the participating businesses,” Richards said. “We hope everyone enjoyed their time at Blue Christmas and will continue to go out and support our local businesses by shopping ‘blue’ this Christmas.”
For more information about Blue Christmas or the raffle, contact Caitlin Richards at 325-773-2411 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.