The Ottumwa Courier

December 3, 2013

Singing, eating and gift buying

Courier staff writer

---- — OTTUMWA — Need some assistance trying to find a gift for a loved one? Or, do you like to listen to local recording artists sing holiday tunes? If either applies to you, head to The Little Bake Shop and Elegance by Design Christmas Open House tomorrow.

“It’s our holiday open house to kick off the holiday shopping season,” Mellisa Little, owner of The Little Bake Shop, said.

From 5-7 p.m. The Little Bake Shop and Elegance by Design will be joining forces to help give guests some holiday gift ideas, and providing a time to get some needed shopping done.

The hallway that separates the two businesses inside the building at 101 S. Market St., in downtown Ottumwa, will be open for easy access between the two. Guests won’t even have to step outside into the cold to see what each has to offer.

Items made by local artists, like wood work and other Christmas themed gifts, will be on display and ready for purchase. Other unique gifts, like painted wine glasses, pottery and custom rhinestone shirts will also be available.

Special hors d’oeuvres will be prepared by The Little Bake Shop for guests while Christmas music is played by local recording artists Mitch Goudy and Diana Upton-Hill. They will be performing several Christmas duets, including their new hit, “Marry Me Christmas,” which is available on iTunes and Amazon. The music starts at approximately 6:30, and will run for about an hour, according to Little.

The open house is just the beginning of the holiday celebrations for The Little Bake Shop. On Dec. 14, Santa Claus will be making a special appearance for anyone who wants to sit on his lap and get a picture taken.

“We did it last year and it was a huge success,” Little said.

They also have gift boxes that can be purchased and delivered. There are preset boxes made up of delicious chocolates and cookies, as well as other goodies, or they also make custom ones that can a mix of the preset boxes.

With all of the holiday shopping help from The Little Bake Shop and Elegance by Design, there should be no excuses for not being able to find a quality gift.

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