One-stop shopping has become a ubiquitous phrase in advertising, especially around the holidays. But what big-box store can really claim to have something special for everyone on your list? That’s what Diana Thompson, executive director of the Miami County Visitors Bureau, sought to provide in the county’s first Holiday Welcome Weekend.

“You don’t have to wake up at four in the morning and see what kind of deal you can get,” Thompson says. “The whole purpose is to give people a more phenomenal shopping experience.”

From Nov. 17-19, visitors are invited to come participate in a celebration of five of the county’s cities—Troy, Covington, Piqua, West Milton and Tipp City. Thompson, who created this countywide initiative, says that so far all of these cities’ shops, restaurants and hotels have chosen to participate in what she hopes will become an annual event.

Historically, Miami County’s towns often hold individual holiday weekends, but Thompson wanted to do something bigger. She says her hope is that people recognize all that Miami County has to offer stresses the importance of supporting community businesses. “We want people to come and find out why we’re great,” she says. And people will certainly have the chance to do just that with more than 100 participating shops and restaurants across the five participating cities.

For people hoping to incorporate a weekend getaway into their holiday shopping venture Thompson says overnight stays are welcome. “If you’re coming from far away you might want to come, stay the night, do some shopping, eat at one of our fantastic restaurants and make a weekend of it,” she says.

The official hours of the Holiday Welcome Weekend are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m., although stores are welcome to open earlier and stay open later. n

For more information, visit the Miami County Visitors Bureau website at homegrowngreat.com.

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