Downtown businesses to stay open late Thursday for shoppers

Several businesses of downtown Fort Scott, plus a couple others not located downtown, will participate in the Mistletoe on Main Street event happening Thursday evening, giving the community an opportunity to complete their Christmas shopping locally.

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“The reason we do it is just to promote shopping downtown,” said Jessica Cook, marketing, relations and events coordinator with the Chamber of Commerce, adding they hold similar events throughout the year to support local businesses and provide the community with a chance to shop after getting off work.

This event, occurring 5-8 p.m., includes a slight change this time as 10 of the participating businesses will have mistletoe with a coupon attached placed somewhere in their stores. Whoever finds the mistletoe is asked to take it to the Chamber of Commerce, where they will be given $10 in Chamber bucks, which can be used at any chamber business.

Participating stores include Bids & Dibs, Books and Grannies, Country Cupboard, Iron Star Antiques, Bartelsmeyer Jewelry, Papa Don’s and Miller’s Feed & Farm among others. The Lowell Milken Center will also take part in the event through their gift-wrapping fundraiser.

“While you’re shopping you can get your gifts wrapped,” Cook said, saying the LMC asks for a donation of $2 to $4 for each gift they wrap.

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