Kitchen Kettle Village retailers in Intercourse are gearing up for small business Saturday and holiday activities.
“Small Business Saturdays are important to us; we’re a village of small businesses, ”says Lisa Horn, Kitchen Kettle spokesperson and director of fun. “In addition, these days the emphasis is more on local purchasing, and our businesses are all locally owned. Our businesses depend on customers to shop and find treasures for the season.
Kitchen Kettle Village has over 40 unique shops and restaurants in its location at 4529 Old Philadelphia Pike. The village is traditionally open for holiday shopping until 9 p.m. on Friday, but evening shopping hours will be until 8 p.m. this year.
Small Business Saturday will feature live entertainment, family activities and live demonstrations at a number of stores. Guests can view jams and jellies being made in The Jam & Relish Kitchen and choose recipes using the products. Peppermint Lane Fudge & Sweets staff will demonstrate how fudge is made. Guests will also have the opportunity to see the stretch of cheese at Aged & Cured and the art of quilting at Village Handmade (formerly Village Quilts).
“Food is such a wonderful gift,” says Horn. “Food brings comfort to people. It makes a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer and the perfect gift for those “hard to buy”.
Some of the shops to visit include The Gift House, which offers a range of bath and body products and jewelry; Aged and Cured, featuring snacks, a variety of cheeses and hot sauces, which Horn says are perfect for stocking stuffers; The Jam & Relish Kitchen, with gift baskets and boxes like the Ultimate BBQ Tray or the Popcorn and Gourmet Seasoning Set for Movie Night; Girls Day Out, offering warm slippers and bath bombs; Country Life, with holiday decorating gifts like locally made Meadowbrook squash; and The Jewelry Box, offering Pandora charms.
Kitchen Kettle will also be offering special holiday-themed activities for the whole family as part of its Old Fashioned Christmas taking place on Fridays and Saturdays from November 26 to December 18.
Friday evenings will be devoted to holiday tasting tours. The tours launched in 2019 and have proven to be a popular addition, says Horn, with food specials at participating stores and “take out boxes” for those who don’t want to eat there.
“Tasting tours are ideal for couples and groups of friends,” she says. “You visit the shops and activities at your own pace and with your own group.”
Holiday Fun with Santa and Friends kicks off Small Business Saturday and runs from Saturday to December 18. The event includes a homemade cookie, a stocking for each child under 10, a village-wide treasure hunt, a coloring map for the children. and personalize for Santa, photo ops with Santa and friends, and meal vouchers to use for lunch at Harvest Cafe. Each adult also receives a scavenger hunt with offers from different businesses.
The Dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie (the Kitchen Kettle mascot) also kicks off Small Business Saturday. The event, held at the Kling House restaurant, features storytelling with Ms Claus and Yummie, a gift from Ms Claus and photo ops. There are two places from Saturday to 11 December, one place on Friday 17 December and one place on Saturday 18 December.
Tickets are required for the holiday tasting tours, vacations with Santa and friends, and dinner with Mrs. Claus and Yummie. They can be purchased online at kitchenkettle.com/seasonal-fun.
For more information on vacation activities at Kitchen Kettle Village, visit kitchenkettle.com or Facebook.