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Christmas event — Villa Road businesses look to be present in the local community, provide fun afternoon for children

A lot of the local community events occur in the downtown area or at outlying stores, which Karen Thielen, manager at Showcase of Flowers said is fine, but she wants to remind the community they are a local business as well.

So, a few years ago Showcase of Flowers, along with a few other businesses on Villa Road, started Christmas on the Corner. It runs two weekends, the first last Saturday and the second this Saturday.

The events run from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are geared toward children. The concept of Christmas on the Corner centers around a treasure map. Thielen said kids get a map and then have to find each of the activities to get a stamp indicating they accomplished the task.

“For example, the photo with Santa,” she said. “If they got to the right place then they get a stamp.”

The map starts at Kern’s Dentistry, then Showcase, followed by Mike’s Pharmacy. The map ends at Café Diva Dogs.

“If they have all three stamps, they get a (gummy) hot dog and hot chocolate,” she said.

There will also be an area with coffee, cookies and hot cider.

“In the past, we’ve had a fire truck, F.I.S.H., and Cinnamon Bear (as well),” she said.

Although Cinnamon Bear — the holiday bear who delivers flowers — will be making an appearance for photos, Thielen said unfortunately there will not be a F.I.S.H. box at the event.

But there will be drawings for prizes, gift bags from each business and contests.

The past events, she said, have been fairly successful.

“I felt it was fun and exciting because people were happy to participate,” Thielen said.

For Café Diva Dogs, this is their first year participating.

“Basically, since we are leasing the building that used to be Mike’s Pharmacy, but Mike and his wife are still the landlords, he hoped we would get involved,” said Scott Santrizos, Diva Dogs co-owner. “So we are happy to be involved in community events. We are hoping to promote business around here.”

Thielen shared that hope.

“We wanted to be a part of the community,” she said. “We are visible, vital and local businesses who want to promote our business.”