The Downtown Hattiesburg Open House is Saturday, November 12

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Merchants in downtown Hattiesburg kick off the holiday shopping season with the Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Merchants offer special shopping experiences, one-day-only promotions and discounts, entertainment, photo ops, and more.

Participating downtown merchants include Alley Cats Ax Throwing, The Author Shoppe, Blooms Company, fivetwentyfive, Main Street Books, McKenzie’s on Main, Oddfellows Gallery and Antiques, Sage Den, Twin Forks Wine + Provisions, Walnut Square Gifts and Stationery.

Photos with Santa will be available at two downtown locations during the Holiday Open House. Tim and Krista’s Studio hosts Santa Claus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, while The Lucky Rabbit offers photo ops from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Downtown Hattiesburg is already in the holiday spirit and well stocked to help you find the perfect decor or gift for the season,” said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association. “We are thrilled to share another engaging ‘local shopping’ experience through Downtown Holiday Open House, and hope to see the community and surrounding areas come out for the one-day-only shopping and dining event.”

Downtown restaurants will also be open for delicious bites between purchases, including Coney Island Café, The Depot Kitchen, Fairley’s Wings, Nellie’s Chicken and Daiquiris, The Porter Pub, Southbound Bagel and Southern Prohibition. Those offering live music include Blu Jazz Café, Grill & Grocery and Hattiesburgers & Blues.

More information on participating businesses, special offers and entertainment can be found on the Downtown Hattiesburg Facebook page or DowntownHattiesburg.com.

Since its founding in 1985, Downtown Hattiesburg, a Mississippi Main Street program, has spearheaded the revitalization of historic downtown Hattiesburg through partnerships to focus its growth and development on the four-point approach of the main street of the National Main Street Center: organization, design, promotion, and Economic Vitality. The primary mission of the Hattiesburg Downtown Association is the revitalization and historic preservation of the Downtown District, making Downtown the vibrant and creative hub of Hattiesburg. Through its membership program and self-promoted events, the Association is able to market and educate investors, developers, entrepreneurs, businesses, buyers, visitors and residents, whether the downtown Hattiesburg is a destination – a place to live, work and play.

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Raymond I. Langston