Holiday Open House Weekend
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First Annual Holiday Open House Weekend

On the weekend after Thanksgiving, November 28-30, 2014, the Mentone Business Association (MBA) hosted an open house throughout all of the businesses in downtown Mentone. We're hoping to make this an annual event. Below is the Press Release published in mid-November and a Thank You note to all who participated and assisted. On the right are photos taken during the weekend by Joyce Hoffman.

CONTACT:  Robert Hoffman
Mentone Business Association
PHONE:  256.603.2404

Three Days of Holiday Cheer atop Lookout Mountain
Mentone’s Holiday Open House is set for November 28-30.

Mentone, Ala. (November 12, 2014) – High atop Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama sits a quiet town boasting unique shops ready to welcome the holiday season. The shops of historic Mentone will host a town-wide Holiday Open House on Thanksgiving weekend offering three days of festive shopping and holiday cheer in one of the state’s most scenic areas.

Set for November 28-30, 2014, shoppers will be greeted with a downtown area decked out for the holiday season. Located throughout Mentone are over two dozen trendy boutiques, antique shops and art galleries where shoppers can browse for locally made gifts, unique items, holiday decorations and other treasures, all within a 1/3-mile area. Shoppers will enjoy a mountain village atmosphere, but without the crowds for a more personal Christmas shopping experience.

Many of the shops will serve refreshments and offer special giveaways during the three-day event, and with plenty of locally owned eateries, visitors can refuel from the day of shopping before heading home.

The Log Cabin Village will offer their annual Christmas party with decorations, music, refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus. The historic Mentone Inn will open its doors for visitors to enjoy a break from shopping with a cup of hot cider and a cozy fire. Free tours will also be offered and for sports enthusiasts, college football will be televised in the parlor. The Mentone Farmer’s Market, offering fresh vegetables, baked goods, canned specialties and more, will be open in the Mentone Inn’s parking lot on Saturday, November 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the Holiday Open House, plenty of free parking will be available. Most businesses will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information on the Holiday Open House and other things to do in and around Mentone, visit or call 256.603.2404.
First below are some "around-town" photos
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Log Cabin Village
Graceful Giraffe
Mentone Shops host Holiday Open House Weekend
by Bob Hoffman, MBA President

We in Mentone had a very nice weekend, with cookies, cider, music, holiday gifts and decorations, Santa Claus, and a multitude of shoppers. We have many people to thank for the success of the weekend and I'm going to name as many as I can recall. If I forget anyone, email me at and I'll add them to this article.

Thanks to Karen Beasley for advertising our event all over northern Alabama and Georgia, and southern Tennessee. If you ever need advertising, email me and I'll provide her contact information. Thanks to all who made the donations that allowed us to pay her and to purchase a few Open House signs. Thanks to all of the businesses that took part, decorating their shops real early for Christmas, serving refreshments to the shoppers, and extending their hours a little. Thanks to Mayor Rob Hammond for scheduling the Christmas lights early this year, in time for our weekend event and thanks to Steve Flannigan for doing the work to get the lights on. Thanks to Melinda Baugh at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church for scheduling the bells to play Christmas songs this weekend. Thanks to Joey Smith for playing his part so expertly at Log Cabin Village. Thanks to the Mentone Market and the Mentone Community Church for the loan of the two Red suits - I understand that parts of each were needed to make a complete and comfortable suit.

I'm sure I've forgotten someone, so let me know if I need to add to the list. I'm hoping that we'll be able to plan this every year as an annual MBA event. One change I think we'll make is to forget staying open Friday night until 7:00 pm. I didn't see anyone after 5:00 and it was so dark, they probably couldn't have found our gallery anyway :)
One of several Open House signs
Southside Shops (Southern Style Log Furniture
and Graceful Giraffe)
Now Some Santa Photos
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