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Linda Hiller

On your mark, get set, shop!

While last minute details are being tended to today to prepare for Thanksgiving celebrations tomorrow, Carson Valley retail businesses are bracing themselves for what they hope will be a good month of shopping.

City shoppers may be grinding their teeth as they hustle for parking spots and and muscle for positions in long lines in stores in Reno and Carson City, shoppers in Douglas County can relax in a rural atmosphere, find a wide variety of merchandise, take in a restaurant for a leisurely lunch and know that for every dollar they spend in this county, they are adding tax money back into the county.

“It pays to keep your tax dollars at home,” said Dave Bolick, executive director of the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Authority. Bolick said he plans to shop not only in Douglas County this season, but plans to patronize the businesses of fellow chamber members.

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving has been considered the kick-off to the biggest month of consumer spending – holiday shopping. Carson Valley is no exception, with businesses doing all they can to try and lure shoppers away from traveling to Carson City or Reno.

n Especially For You owner Marcia Voeller said she is ready for the holiday season.

Friday and Saturday she will be having an open house with specials, spiced wine and cookies.

“Everything in the store will be 15 percent off during the open house,” she said.

Holiday hours will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, the store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During the holidays, Voeller is encouraging customers to bring in a can of food or a nonperishable item. With each donation she will enter your name in a drawing for a Williraye “Skinny Snowman” figure worth $30. The food will be donated to the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

The store carries collectables such as Boyds Bears, Mary Engelbreit, Beanie Babies, Timberline Farms food mixes (soups, muffins, bagels), salsa, taffy, chocolates, other gourmet items.

Especially For You is located at 1459 Highway 395. Phone 782-1966.

n Down the road, Classical Glass owner Becky Soderman, who has been at 1455 Highway 395 for 16 years, said she is excited about this year’s season.

“My store has evolved over the years and now I’m carrying an eclectic selection of items for gifts,” she said.

In addition to stained and fused glass items, Soderman also carries sterling silver jewelry, Harmony Kingdom carved boxes, wares from area artists, games, cards, kaleidoscopes, brass door knockers, oil lamps, perfume bottles and more.

The week before Christmas, all Tiffany-style lamps will be 20 percent off, Soderman said. Beginning Friday, holiday hours will be expanded to 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, call 782-5830.

n Tumblewind and Minden Antique Mercantile, 1600 Esmeralda Ave. in Minden, is gearing up for the holidays.

Owner Roxanne Stangle said the transition from a 4,000-square-foot department store, to a combination that includes 2,800 square feet of antiques in addition to clothing and jewelry, has gone well since the actual change was made in May.

“It has quadrupled our foot traffic for sure,” she said. “There aren’t that many places around here to buy antiques other than in Genoa and maybe one other place in town.”

Inside Tumblewind, which originally opened in 1967, 15 different antique dealers have displays of their wares. Items such as Christmas ornaments and jewelry, made-to-order reindeer, antique toys, furniture, gaming chips and more are for sale.

“We still have lots of the things we always had, including Graff sportswear, great sweatshirts and blanket throws,” Stangle said. “We want people to know it’s still us.”

On Friday, Dec. 5, when the Minden Business Group lights the lights of Minden, many of the stores will be open late with specials and free refreshments.

“For the three hours we’re open, all clothing will be 15 percent off and selected antiques will be 10 percent off,” Stangle said.

As always, free gift wrap is available for clothing, and there is only a nominal fee for wrapping the antiques.

Tumblewind and Minden Antique Mercantile will begin holiday hours this weekend. They are open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 782-2444.

n At Nevada Sport Co. in Gardnerville, Joe Voss said the snow season is one of the biggest factors in their holiday sales.

“We’ll be offering our $99 ski season rental on a first-come-first-served basis ,” he said.

Voss said ski and snowboard equipment and clothing is in good supply at the store, and most anything in sporting goods can be special ordered.

Holiday hours will be Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When the ski resorts open, Voss said, the store will open earlier to accommodate equipment renters.

Nevada Sport Co. is located at 1339 Highway 395 South, near Scolari’s. For more information, call 782-8792.