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Cash mob to celebrate Christmas in October

Charles Dickens once said, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
And, that is exactly what Suzan Harrison has been doing in Jonesborough with The Christmas Shop on Main since her store opened in 2007.
Having already expanded into a larger location due to the high demand from local customers and tourists, The Christmas Shop on Main features more than 25 trees year round glistening with more than just candy canes, lights and Old St. Nick.
The store includes themed areas and trees with themes ranging from college football, formal, safari, vintage, Halloween, North Pole, fall and even Thanksgiving.
“We include seasonal items such as fall that can flow into Christmas, so for people who don’t have time or don’t like to decorate, it is a simple and easy transition,” Harrison said.
Harrison has been fascinated with Christmas and decorating since she was first given the task of heading up her family tree while in the eighth grade.
She also offers her services through in-home visits and consultations in her store through special decorating rates to businesses and individuals.
The Christmas Shop on Main also donates the feature tree that is used for Hands On Museum’s Festival of Trees each year in Johnson City.
With new merchandise flowing into the store and appearing on trees weekly, customers are easily able to locate their favorite sections with new surprises each time they visit. Items range from $1.95 to several hundred dollars for custom and large décor pieces. The Christmas Shop on Main is also the exclusive retailer in the area for popular collector brands such as Christpher Radko, Mark Roberts, Old World Christmas, Trapp Candles, Cody Foster Vintage Houses based on German putz homes and Shiny Brites.
“We carry a large variety of vintage items that folks fondly remember from their grandparents and growing up,” Harrison said. “I try to make sure the home décor and ornaments are very special and unique, if you could find them anywhere, why would you come here? I think that’s what makes Jonesborough so special.”
Yet another way to make gifts and purchases special, Suzan offers free personalization on all applicable items with the most popular being baby and family gifts.
“The most unique items in the store are probably carvings of grumpy Santas from a local artist,” Suzan said. “Some customers have even told me that we have a better selection of items than larger stores in the region and that they’ll travel the distance just to come to Jonesborough and visit the Christmas Shop on Main.”
Suzan makes a huge effort to get to know her customers and make sure every need is met when they are in her store. Some often come in just to browse and brighten their day, saying it makes them feel happy and reminds them of holidays and Christmas when they were children.
“I don’t ever want it to get so big that I lose personalization and close contact with people,” she said. “That’s what Jonesborough is known for and that’s why I wanted to open up a shop here to begin with.”
The Christmas Shop on Main will host the next cash mob in the town’s ongoing We Dig Jonesborough campaign. The cash mob will take place on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m.
As part of the We Dig Jonesborough Cash Mob series, The Christmas Shop on Main will also feature special sales on select items during the event, as well as a signed and retired Christopher Radko ornament to be drawn as a prize for anyone spending $20 or more.
The Christmas Shop on Main is located at 105 Courthouse Square. For more information about the store and the stories behind the merchandise, visit www.christmasshoponmain.blogspot.com, email [email protected] or call753-0583.
The We Dig Jonesborough cash mob series will take a brief hiatus after the Oct. 27 mob, returning to action on Saturday, Nov. 24, and continuing through Saturday, Dec. 15.