Jeffrey Mansion will transform into a one-stop shop next weekend for Jeffrey Shop Hop 2008.

Jeffrey Mansion will transform into a one-stop shop next weekend for Jeffrey Shop Hop 2008.

The event, which runs Thursday, Nov. 6, through Saturday, Nov. 8, will raise money to provide scholarships to the Bexley Recreation Department's programs for local children.

Shop Hop chair Karen Page said the main floor of the mansion will host 24 different boutiques with both local and national vendors. The vendors create their own "stores" within the mansion, she said.

"They just create really fabulous spaces," she said.

Some of the vendors include Khakis, a classic clothing store; Dill's Greenhouse, which features garden merchandise; Tickled Pink, a home décor store; and Pistacia Vera, a local dessert bakery that will also provide food during the Shop Hop.

"We try not to have too much of one thing," Page said. "We are not going to have six stationary vendors."

The event kicks off Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. for the Patron Party, where shoppers will get a first look at the vendors. Desserts and beverages will be available and the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble will entertain, Page said. The event costs $50 and attendees may receive half-price admission for one guest.

Mindy Coffey, who is in charge of the party, said she thinks the event is a great place to shop for gifts for the holidays.

"Instead of having to run around, you can come here and do it all in one place," she said.

Shopping on Friday and Saturday is $5. One admission fee covers both days of the event.

Page said all the money from admissions goes directly into the scholarship fund. Vendors' fees are used to pay for the event itself.

In addition to the shops, each vendor will donate an item to a silent auction, and the money received from that also will help children attend parks and recreation department events. Page said a pool pass will also be auctioned off.

Page said the Shop Hop was revived about five years ago to help pay for a project at the mansion. It soon turned into the scholarship fund.

"In the last four or five years, we've raised about $10,000 each year," she said.

Barb Greiner, recreation department supervisor, said she loves this event because of the focus on helping local children.

She said the department works with counselors at both the Bexley city schools and Columbus public schools to pinpoint children who would benefit from attending a recreation department program, such as the annual Jeffrey Summer Camp.

"We are able to send almost every child that needs to go to camp in the summer to camp," Greiner said. "I am actually rewarded more than anyone. I really get to see the goodness that happens on a daily basis."

She said the scholarship fund would not exist without the Shop Hop, which is one of the recreation department's biggest "bread and butter" events.

"We always say Bexley is a really special place to live, but things like this really do make it special," Greiner said. "I want to make sure it continues for years to come."