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    Just FIVE shopping days ‘til Christmas!  Last week we went through the many shopping opportunities available right here in Smithville.  Keep in mind that right after Christmas many local businesses will offer after the holiday sales with big savings.  Looking for something for your home – maybe a new large appliance or living room furniture?  How about picking up some home improvement materials to work on that long list of honey do’s over the break?  If you’re looking for something fun to do with the family outside, head out to Buescher State Park for a walk along their lovely trails or head out to one of Smithville’s NINE public parks.  Stroll along Main or 2nd Streets and duck into a shop or have lunch in a local café or pub.  There’s so much to do in Smithville!  On behalf of the Chamber Board, Chamber membership and the many business owners around town, enjoy your town, embrace your community and have a safe, happy Christmas! 

    The Chamber’s Holiday Mixer was a wonderful event with a giant crowd, happy members and a celebration of Milton’s 70th anniversary!  Thank you to Milton’s Fine Furniture and Pease Custom Floors for hosting.  Mark your calendars for the January 17, 2019, 5pm, Mixer at Smithville Heritage Museum, 602 Main Street.

    Many thanks to EH Mercantile for hosting this weekend’s Makers & Merchants Faire.  What a great turn out of vendors and shoppers!  #shoplocalsmithvilletx

    The Chamber is sponsoring lots of fun SHOP LOCAL events this holiday season.  Be sure to head out for the following events:

    • December 22 - Stocking Stuffer Saturday: Explore shops for deals on great stocking stuffers!
    • December 31 – New Year’s Eve gourmet dinner, live music and dancing ‘til midnight at Your Mom’s downtown (tix at www.smithvilletx.org)

    In January, the Chamber will have the following events so mark your 2019 calendar:

    • Gingerbread Man Pick Up (1/5) – Call us if you’d like to come help us put the gingerbread men away for the year. Meet downtown at 8:30am
    • Chamber Coffee Chat (1/9) 7:30am – Speaker will be City Manager Robert Tamble at Olde World Bakery – Come get an update on what’s happening with the City
    • Chamber Mixer (1/17) 5pm-7pm , Sponsor: Smithville Heritage Society, 602 Main Street
    • Chamber 101 Quarterly Training (1/18) 8am, Chamber office – Interested in joining the Chamber?  Are you a new Chamber member or a member that is uncertain of the many benefits offered by the Chamber?  Join us for coffee and donuts and learn all about member benefits.

    The Chamber of Commerce is continuing a long tradition of holiday ornaments with this year’s beautiful depiction of Main Street in the 1920’s with snow covering Model T’s and our iconic skyline in the background.  These limited-edition ornaments are just $10 and will be available for purchase at the Chamber of Commerce throughout the holiday season.

    The Chamber’s December Business of the Month is Bella’s Cottage at 119 Main Street.  Bella’s Cottage is a holiday and gift-giving delight of a shop!  From beautiful vintage dinnerware and home décor pieces to nostalgic quilts, holiday decorations and more, Bella’s is the perfect place to shop for that hard to buy for person in your life.  Go by and spend some time, you’ll be glad you did.

    Are you looking for volunteer opportunities in Smithville?  Contact us at the Chamber of Commerce.  We can fill you in on the many volunteer organizations in Smithville.  From the food pantry to the community clinic, Empty Bowl and Angels Unaware, Born Again Emporium and Lion’s Club, there are many, many opportunities to get involved and make a difference in Smithville.


    Mosaic Art & Home: December 1 - January 6, 2019 - Fine Art Sale up to 40% off of regular prices.  Featuring art by Marcela Foutel, Wanda Gamble, Robin Lively, Edd Ogden, Craig & Charlene Sainsott and Enid Wood.  Mosaic Art & Home, 218 Main Street in Smithville.  www.mosaicartandhome.com

    COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR RENT - January 1st, 2019, HWY 71 Road Frontage (next to Subway), 800 sq. ft., 1600 sq. ft., OR take the whole 2400 sq ft.  Contact Tom Hudson for more information!  979-702-2929

    Join the Cistern Bar & Grill for live music and more FRI., DEC. 21, 8 PM – MIDNIGHT, CHRISTMAS With VIC RODRIGUEZ, KARAOKE & DANCING COUNTRY - ROCK – HIPHOP, SAT., DEC. 22, 9 PM - 1 AM, CODY RAY HENRY, SOLO ACOUSTIC SHOW LIVE MUSIC & DANCING, ALL COUNTRY - R&B - SOUTHERN ROCKCistern’s Country Store & Bar, Phone # 512-739-7840, 12604 State Hwy. 95 in Cistern (between Smithville and Flatonia).

    ***Send us your announcements and events by Monday at 10am each week and we’ll include them in our e-blast and Smithville Times article (space allowing).


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