HolidayVille turns spotlight on local shopping


More than two dozen merchants have signed on to participate in Experience Clintonville's fourth annual HolidayVille, set for Sunday, Dec. 8.

"It's been a lot of fun to see this event grow every year," principal organizer Olivera Bratich said. "Every year we see more businesses involved, and a lot of fun, creative things going on at the businesses.

"This is an excuse to finally stop in to that place you've been meaning to go and really find some hidden gems in the neighborhood."

HolidayVille will kick off at 11 a.m. Dec. 8 with an hour-long trolley tour of the neighborhood, hosted by the Clintonville Historical Society. The tour starts and ends at the hub of that day's activities, Mozart's Bakery and Piano Cafe, 4784 N. High St.

Activities at Mozart's will include a visit from Santa and community carolers. Visitors may win raffle prizes from participating businesses.

New this year, Bratich said, are screen-printed 2014 calendar tea towels designed and created by Alison Rose, a screen-printed apparel business with a new retail and studio location on Indianola Avenue.

Weiland's Gourmet Market will sponsor trolley rides throughout the day to transport shoppers on North High Street and Indianola Avenue.

"And we're really grateful to them," Bratich said.

Retired United Methodist minister the Rev. James Freshour of Clintonville will sign copies of his holiday-themed children's book from 2 to 4 p.m. at Mozart's during the event.

Titled Coulda' Woulda' Did! Ideas About the Christmas Star, the book is aimed at readers at the third- and fourth-grade levels, but also includes notes for parents.

The 42-page book, which includes 13 full-color illustrations by a retired Westerville art teacher, sells for $12.

HolidayVille will conclude activities at 4 p.m., leaving residents time to attend other events that evening, including the Clintonville Community Choir holiday concert, set for 4 p.m. at North International High School, 100 Arcadia Ave., and the annual Clintonville Rotary Club tree-lighting, set for 7 p.m. at Whetstone Park.

HolidayVille's goal is to encourage residents and visitors to shop locally for the holiday season, Experience Clintonville's website states.

Many businesses will offer entertainment, sales or discounts, trunk shows, holiday displays, workshops, demonstrations and other attractions.

For more information, call Bratich at 917-364-4282 or email her at