235+ wreaths ready to adorn downtown Easton for holidays; one volunteer has been hand-making ribbons since January

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Thursday, November 16th – Easton, PA – Creating a festive and uniform look in a vibrant shopping district doesn’t happen by accident. It takes months of planning and coordination as well as the holiday spirit of a team of passionate people. Such is the case in Easton, where the Greater Easton Development Partnership will be delivering 235 wreaths to downtown businesses on November 16.

It will be the fifth year in a row that GEDP’s Easton Main Street Initiative has delivered festive wreaths. The EMSI Design Committee was inspired by the uniformed storefront decor displayed during the holiday season in the suburban neighborhood of Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill, where twinkling white lights, green and red bows elegantly frame each storefront window and door throughout the entire downtown shopping district. GEDP wanted a look that gives the community all the holiday feels while making it easier for Downtown Easton’s businesses to work together to achieve it. These are a gift from GEDP.

The wreaths have a special addition: handmade bows crafted by long-time GEDP volunteer JoAnn Durante.

JoAnn is the ‘Christmas Queen’. She has been on the EMSI Events committee since retiring as an educator nearly 10 years ago. Her genuine love of all things Christmas led her to EMSI with a kind offer to help and share her ideas to create holiday warmth for the community.  She makes amazing bows and makes them FAST!  She starts making the bows in January and has them completed by the end of the cold winter months!

“The coordinated holiday greenery provides shoppers with a festive trail of wreaths and red bows to follow as they make their way around town and through our Winter Village. Our business owners enjoy working together to engage with the holiday spirit that shines bright in the Easton community.” – Kim Kmetz,  GEDP’s Main Street Manager

Businesses are welcome and encouraged to add lights and more greenery available from GEDP’s project partner and Main Street business, Bloomies Flower Shop.

Easton Winter Village will return November 18 in Centre Square — 

Discover a wide variety of locally-owned shops, boutiques, and artisan markets offering unique gifts, fashion, art, and more. This is the perfect opportunity to find that special holiday gift or treat yourself to something special. Easton is known for its diverse culinary scene. Visitors can explore local restaurants, cafes, and eateries that serve up delicious dishes, seasonal delights and a true foodie experience to satisfy taste buds and support local chefs. Patrons will enjoy live music, street performers, carolers, and family-friendly activities throughout the days and evenings and they can stroll through the quaint streets and shop along 40 Holiday huts! Easton will come alive with the spirit of community and celebration.

November 25th is Small Business Saturday between 1-9:00 p.m.

As Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25th comes closer, many of Easton’s downtown businesses are gearing up to celebrate the occasion! Between the hours of 1:00 – 9:00 p.m. , shoppers can bring a receipt from ANY downtown Easton business to the info hut at #EastonWinterVillage and enter to win a Downtown Easton Gift Card!

Leading up to the 11/25 event, the Main Street Initiative will be highlighting participating businesses so locals and tourists alike can start building their list of must-do’s during Small Business Saturday.

Stay tuned for more more participating businesses, and as always, #shopsmall in Downtown Easton!

About Small Business Saturday

Since ‘Small Business Saturday’ is just around the corner, downtown Easton is gearing up for a day of celebrating and supporting local businesses. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative that encourages shoppers to make a positive impact on their local economy by patronizing small, independently-owned businesses. Easton is no exception, with a vibrant community of entrepreneurs and small business owners who offer an array of one-of-a-kind products and services.

Get to know the faces behind the businesses. Interact with the entrepreneurs who put their heart and soul into serving the Easton community. Small Business Saturday is not just about shopping; it’s about strengthening the community.

Come together to celebrate and uplift the small businesses that make Easton, Pennsylvania a unique and vibrant place to call home. Join us on November 25th and make Small Business Saturday a memorable day in Easton. Your support matters, and it’s the small businesses that make the Easton community special.

About EMSI and GEDP

Easton Main Street Initiative is a subsidiary of Greater Easton Development Partnership, a registered 501(c)(3) organization. EMSI’s mission is to promote, encourage and enhance the economic strength and vitality of Easton’s central business district through volunteer and community driven efforts. More: eastonmainstreet.org.

GEDP is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization focused on Easton’s economic well-being, historical integrity, programmatic development, vibrant culture and hospitality. GEDP comprises Easton Farmers’ Market, Easton Main Street Initiative, Easton Public Market, PA Bacon Fest, the Easton Ambassadors and many other programs. More: eastonpartnership.org.


Information Provided By:
Jessica Ferrara
Greater Easton Development Partnership