Come January, it’s gonna be a heck of a lot easier to wake up around here! That’s cause IT’S HAPPENING! That’s right y’all! Starbucks is coming to Madison’s Ingles in January! I just got all the scoop from manager Chip Scanland! They are already working to position the Starbucks at the main Ingles entrance! Oh and y’all need to know that the Sushi Bar, Pizza Bar and Asian Bar are all up and running already and if the line is any indication, then honey this is gonna be one popular place for lunch and dinner – and soon for coffee, lattes, espressos and more!

Another exciting new business is fixin’ to open its doors officially on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.! I’m talkin’ ‘bout Emacity, located on West Washington Street next to Town & Country and Society Hall (formerly the tea room)! As y’all know, Emacity is a mother-daughter duo (Angie and Kandace). These women want all y’all to embrace your own style! “We believe everyone has a little New York runway in them, we just have to figure out how to rock it,” they say! Yes!  These ladies are putting the final touches on their shop as we speak and it’s gonna be filled with awesome fashions priced just right! I’ll see y’all all on Saturday Nov. 10 at Emacity across from Town Park in downtown Madison!

Get ready for the 2018 Holiday Season y’all! I’m so excited about the upcoming Shop, Sip & Stroll event slated for Nov. 17! This event has been in the works since spring when Madison Main Street’s Promotion Committee held a creative session with a number of successful downtown retailers to brainstorm promotional concepts! Shop, Sip & Stroll was the result and it’s gonna be THE SHOPPING EVENT OF THE SEASON! So many of our downtown retailers and restaurants are participating by hosting Holiday Open House events with refreshments and libations, Holiday promotions, giveways and more! Live music will get everyone in the Christmas spirit and holiday characters will be strollin’ all around downtown to make this a most festive kickoff to holiday shoppin’ EVER! The best part is that this is ALL ABOUT SHOPPING LOCAL!

Ok so here are some examples of what retailers are gonna be doing! Creative Mark located on Main Street is going to be givin’ away a free travel mug filled with Holiday chocolate kisses! Love it! Pure Bliss located on West Jefferson Street is offering light refreshments and with each purchase you are entered to win a massage or facial! Fabulous! Hey and talk about some shop-local, downtown co-branding!  Town & Country located on West Washington Street next to the new Emacity, is offering a free ice cream from Scoops with any purchase of $30 or more, OR a free latte from Perk Avenue AND 20 percent off any ONE item at Amici redeemable only during the Shop, Sip & Stroll event! Right so at Perk Avenue located on West Jefferson Street, with every latte or specialty drink purchased, you’ll get a coupon for a free gift at Town & Country redeemable only during the Shop, Sip & Stroll event! OH. MY. GOSH! And, at Amici, located on West Washington right down from Town & Country, with any purchase of $50 or more, you’ll get a coupon for a FREE GIFT at Town & Country! Now that’s a ding dang deal if there ever was one!

Hey and the Spa at the James Madison is also in on the Shop, Sip & Stroll action with 20 percent off Aveda Product purchases, and if you schedule a spa service on Nov. 17 for any day before Christmas you’ll save 20 percent on that service!! Whoa!  Oh and they’ll be givin’ away a $100 spa gift certificate! Honey, I’m spendin’ all ding dang day Shoppin, Sippin, & Strollin’ for deals, deals, deals!

Another Shop, Sip & Stroll participant is Zeb Grant Design, located in the Madison Markets campus! Honey Zeb is hostin a book signing from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 for the book “The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails.” Honey that’s all you have to say to me ‘cause Momma loves a cocktail! Plus I do believe you’ll be able to get a sample of one of those fab cocktails! LOVE IT!

Hey and Madison Markets is gonna be Christmas Central with fab decorations among 20,000 square feet of antiques and décor! They are gonna host a Holiday Open House with refreshments and giveaways during the Nov. 17 Shop, Sip & Stroll event! Ok y’all, I do suggest you wear comfy shoes (go get some at the Barkin’ Dogs Shoe Co. immediately) and get ready to Shop, Sip & Stroll in holiday bliss! Keep watchin’ the Buzz with more Shop, Sip & Stroll happenings next week!

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