Halloween is over, it's time for the holiday shopping season to begin! It already has in many of our Granite Falls shops. Granite Floral has a great selection of fun decor and gift items, it always smells so good in there! Carl's Bakery has started its holiday candy baking. True Value has it's Christmas decor items out and I noticed a fun selection of Norwegian baking items - lefse mix, lefse rolling pins, and other Scandinavian baking equipment. Almich's Market has everything you need for holiday meals and baking. Soon the city will be putting up the Christmas decorations on the light poles. Granite Falls doesn't have every item on your shopping list, but purchasing the majority of your gifts locally can make a huge difference to our retailers. 

Another great idea is to purchase restaurant gift cards. The Chamber will again sponsor the Elf on the Footbridge shopping passes with a drawing for a total of $500 in Chamber Bucks. They are being printed now and will be available in mid November with the drawing on December 23. Watch for the small stuffed elves in shops beginning December 9. These are hidden randomly and contain a coupon or prize plus you can keep the elf!

Small Business Saturday is November 25. The Chamber will again bring the festive wagon and horse team for rides around downtown from 1-3 p.m. Santa will be in one of the local shops, to be announced. Hot chocolate will be served by the footbridge to top off a fun family outing. Santa will be back again and bringing his reindeer this time to the Volstead House on December 17. Bring the children for a great family photo opportunity in Santa's sleigh flanked by two live reindeer. Santa will be inside the Volstead House ready to take gift requests. 

Did you know that the Chamber has out-of-town memberships with investment rates based on the distance from Granite Falls? Chamber member of the week is Adam's Motor Company of Montevideo. This Chevrolet dealership is your local spot for GM certified mechanics, sales and service and parts. They have a great website where you can shop for your next new or used vehicle without leaving the comfort of your home - http://www.adamsmotorco.net. You can also apply for financing on their website. But nothing beats an in-person visit to their location at 702 W. Highway 212, Montevideo to choose your next new car!