TROY — The Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces the start of their second annual holiday tradition. The shops and restaurants of Covington, Piqua, Tipp City, Troy and West Milton welcome visitors to browse and dine while enjoying the best they have to offer for this year’s holiday season during the Second annual Holiday Welcome Weekend.
Shops will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17 with some communities and shops offering extended hours. More than 100 shops and restaurants will participate in the event.
Miami County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Diana Thompson said she invites community members to explore their historic downtowns for that one-of-a-kind gift, toy, and unique treasure for anyone on your shopping list.
“This promotion is meant to enhance awareness of our wonderful downtown shops and restaurants throughout Miami County,” Thompson said. “So grab your best friend, sweetheart, mom or sister and head to a place that can handle all of your holiday shopping needs. Then treat yourself to something savory at any of our locally owned restaurants.”
As part of this county-wide event, Troy businesses will welcome shoppers to its downtown area to visit the clothing and gift boutiques, find fair trade items and olive oils — which is just a sampling of what you will find. The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center also will be hosting its Eighth annual Hayner Gift Gallery from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. The house will be filled with more than 29 artists and vendors, each selling their own special and unique products.
Windows in downtown Tipp City will be artfully decorated to place you in the holiday shopping mood. Great toys, as well as beautiful, unique and chic clothing and collectibles can be found in this lovely historic downtown, Thompson said.
“Maybe you’re looking for a great bottle of wine for that holiday party. Then be sure to visit Bodega Market. And dining in Tipp City is an absolute must,” Thompson said.
As you leave Tipp City, travel west on State Route 571 to the community of West Milton. Then turn left to explore the historic downtown specialty shops. They will be celebrating their 29th annual Holiday Open House during this weekend. There will be refreshments, door prizes and more to explore.
“Be sure to plan a stop at the Pearson House restaurant for a slice of their homemade pie. Guaranteed to have your favorite,” she said.
You will find the village of Covington by traveling north on State Route 48. This community is a must-see this holiday season and will celebrate Whoseville, 2018. They will be offering sleigh rides from 6-8 on Friday, Nov. 16 and photos with Santa and Whoseville characters from 1-4 p.m. Saturday.
Your final discovery will be found as you head east on State Route 36 straight to downtown Piqua.
“There you will find the businesses will be decorated and ready to provide shoppers with an old-fashioned holiday shopping experience with excellent service, a warm smile and absolutely no shortage of incredible gift ideas for everyone on your shopping list,” Thompson said.
As you shop and enjoy the hospitality of the area, be sure to post your shopping images to social media using #HolidayWelcomeWeekend and #HomeGrownGreat.
“There is so much going on during this weekend that you must stay a night or two,” Thompson said.
For more information, visit HomeGrownGreat.com or call (800) 348-8993.