Every year in early November, Jeffrey Mansion is the site of an upscale marketplace. This year's seventh annual Bexley Shop Hop is set for Nov. 4-6 and features 25 unusual central Ohio retailers.

Every year in early November, Jeffrey Mansion is the site of an upscale marketplace. This year's seventh annual Bexley Shop Hop is set for Nov. 4-6 and features 25 unusual central Ohio retailers.

The host will be the Developmental Assets Resource Network (DARN) instead of the Bexley Recreation Department.

DARN president Kelly Holden Allen said the Shop Hop is held to raise money for local children and families in need. She said all proceeds will go to DARN, an organization that is 100-percent volunteer driven.

"The money all stays local," she said. "In the past, the money has gone toward the (recreation department's) Jeffrey Camp scholarship program a lot of the same kids that DARN supports."

DARN is a local nonprofit made up of school counselors, teachers, community leaders and individuals committed to assisting area families with resources and material needs. This year's event also receives support from the rec department.

Organizers hope to raise $10,000. Holden said some children and families can't afford basic needs like winter coats, books, fees for school field trips, musical instruments and summer camp.

"DARN tries to fill that gap," she said. "A lot of people are not aware of (the needs). Bexley is viewed as an affluent community."

Visitors to the marketplace will be able to find jewelry, candles, home accessories and a variety of other merchandise from Bexley, Grandview, German Village and the Short North, Holden said. Several retailers have agreed to donate 5-percent of their sales to the fundraiser.

"This is a great opportunity for (retailers) to reach customers they have not been reaching," she said.

Rochelle Rosen, Girls Wear Pearls owner, will sell pearl necklaces, greeting cards, organic soaps and gloves. She once owned a retail shop called "My Mother's Shop," for 10 years in Bexley, and returned to the retail business four years ago.

"I don't have a retail brick-and-mortar location," she said. "I have a website and do a wholesale business with stores and (participate) in things like the Shop Hop," she said.

The Shop Hop kicks off with a preview party on Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The tickets are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. For the preview party, guests will be treated to hors d'oeuvres from the Top Steakhouse and Caryn's Cuisine. Holden said 150 are expected to attend this year's preview party, which has a Rat Pack theme featuring local talent Michael Sutherland.

"We wanted to try something a little different than (Las) Vegas," Holden said "We did a Vegas theme (last year) and people responded well to it."

Sutherland puts on a show called "Sinatra and Friends" that features music by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett and Nat King Cole. He has been performing the Sinatra show for seven years.

"I started throwing a couple of songs on for the occasional older folks in the audience," Sutherland said. "It started going over (well)."

The Shop Hop will run Nov. 5, noon to 5 p.m. and Nov. 6, 10 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.bexleyshophop.com