Get ready to host the Holidays and Toast Sunday in downtown Natchez; over 120 merchants, restaurants and vendors to participate – Mississippi’s Best Community Newspaper

Get ready to host the Holidays and Toast Sunday in downtown Natchez; more than 120 merchants, restaurants and vendors to participate

Posted at 1:35 p.m. on Friday, November 11, 2022

NATCHEZ – More than 120 downtown shops, restaurants and vendors will be open and ready to serve holiday treats and special sales at the Downtown Natchez “Holiday Host and Toast” this Sunday.

Official event hours are noon to 4 p.m., although select merchants will be open as

from 10 a.m.

Many downtown businesses will continue to be open every Sunday until December 18.

“If you haven’t seen Downtown Natchez lately, you haven’t seen Downtown Natchez,” said Mickey Howley, executive director of the Downtown Natchez Alliance. “This Sunday afternoon, the Christmas decorations will be up, the shops will be open, the restaurants will be serving and the streets will be bustling. It will be a celebration of our exceptional downtown to kick off the holiday season.

The open house event, hosted by DNA and downtown merchants, is more than just a party.

“A good holiday shopping season is essential for your hard-working downtown merchants and a key indicator of a healthy downtown overall, Howley said. “Remember that taxpayers’ money that stays at home flows seven times through the local economy, which benefits us all.”

The DNA will have two information tables, one at Main and North Commerce, near the Christmas tree, and the second at Franklin and Commerce. Taylor Cooley helps DNA run events and promotions as a downtown merchant liaison.

“Our volunteers will hand out any brochures and coupons merchants would like us to share, as well as maps to guide people to participating stores and restaurants,” Cooley said.

There will also be door prizes throughout the city centre. A list of participating merchants will be available at

A new downtown experience isn’t actually new at all: Sissy Atkins Blackwood, which has operated Consign & Design in the 100 block of North Commerce Street for 20 years, will unveil its new location at 105 N. Commerce St., the former Dykes Jewelry design.

“I hope everyone comes downtown on Sunday afternoon to shop, sightsee, relax and enjoy, and I look forward to inviting everyone to Consign & Design’s new home,” said Blackwood, who has a keen eye for collecting unique vintages. and contemporary goods.

She and her husband Marc worked with their contractors to restore the building’s 19th century aura. Their efforts transformed the streetscape of a key downtown block designated as the Downtown Arts District in the city’s official downtown master plan.

At 629 Franklin Street, the Zerby family will be celebrating their 50th Open House at Moreton’s Flowerland.

“We celebrate Christmas at Moreton,” said Brenda Zerby. “Our window displays alone are a must-have for kids and we’re knocking ourselves out creating a Christmas wonderland inside the store with beautiful holiday decorations and gifts for sale.”

Zerby is a member of DNA’s board of directors and also chairs the organization’s design committee.

“We will be open from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. with 10-30% discounts and a Christmas decorations draw for everyone.”

“Each participating merchant offers their own version of holiday fun,” Cooley said. For example, Darby’s on Main will have sales on Christmas wreaths and other holiday products, as well as candies and treats.

The Shops at Kress, 122 N. Commerce, includes 44 individual vendors and will offer

appetizers and a special cranberry drink, the Poinsettia.

Around the corner, John Grady Burns, owner of Hal Garner at Nest, 505 Franklin St., is ready with his showcase of holiday gift selections, designs and special sales.

“The most rewarding part for me is serving our guests with appetizers and libations as a year-end thank you for being loyal customers,” Burns said. “Our annual open house is always a big celebration for us at Nest.”

“Shopping local gives back to the Natchez community,” said Mayor Dan Gibson. “Not only do we support our local merchants, the lifeblood of our economy, but every time we buy a gift at Natchez for a friend or loved one, we make sure the sales tax dollars go back to Natchez. And those dollars add up.

It’s a Christmas gift for the whole community! »

Natchez Inc. has run a Shop Local campaign since COVID became a reality in 2020.

“In these economic times, a vibrant retail and service sector is paramount to the overall success of our community,” said Chandler Russ, Executive Director of Natchez, Inc. “The best way for all of us to bring our daily support of our own community is to keep spending local money at home, and the Downtown Natchez Holiday Host & Toast this Sunday is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

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