Retail merchants in the Grove and Grand Lake area are gearing up for their biggest shopping day of the year. Grove’s Christmas Open House will be held Friday and Saturday. Merchants that participate in the Open House will be offering special discounts to shoppers along with drawings and special prizes.

“For a lot of the merchants this is their biggest sale day,” said Sherry Lybarger, president of Grove Area Merchants Association.

Shoppers are lured from all over the four-state area for this retail event.

Grand Lake is unique to other area towns since being a resort town it offers a lot of gift shops that area shoppers don’t have in their own towns.

If you’re looking for a gift of art, an Art Show and Sale, sponsored by the Brush and Palette Art Gallery, will also be held in conjunction with the Open House. The Art Sale, featuring local artists and craftsmen, will be held at Honey Creek Landing & Marina on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Store hours vary, see inside this issue of Grove Sun for a special section devoted to the Christmas Open House.