Prepping for Barlow Christmas in the Village

Even though it is still November, the eighth annual Barlow Area Christmas in the Village is preparing to bring a big dose of holiday cheer to the area.

The event is currently accepting vendor applications. Susie Ashley, president and founder of the event, is hoping for more vendors to apply.

“So far, we have about 70 vendors,” she said. “We usually have around 100.”

Vendor applications can be completed online or over the phone with Ashley. Over the phone applications should be made only by those without computer access. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 30.

There are many repeat vendors who take advantage of the exposure given by the Christmas in the Village, including a homemade noodle vendor, Sarah’s Sweets from Chesterhill and a salsa company from New Albany. So far, 15 retail businesses, four churches, six private homes and multiple vendors have signed on to make the Christmas in the Village a success.

“It’s open to home-based businesses, like Tupperware, but it’s not a flea market,” Ashley added.

The Christmas in the Village will showcase vendors at the Barlow Library, Barlow-Vincent Elementary, the Barlow Fire Department and in individual homes. There are also 10 stops in Little Hocking for those looking for something a little outside of Barlow. Included in the festivities are a parade, the lighting of the community Christmas tree and the Festival of Lights.

Ashley said the festivities will also include a financial contribution to the Barlow PTO and the Friends of the Barlow Library, as a way of giving back to the community.

For those looking for a deal in Barlow, aside from the specialty goods supplied by vendors, White Oak Pharmacy will be offering 25 percent off most items in the store on Dec. 7 and 8. Ed Gossett, front end manager, said there are some exceptions: prescriptions, services and sale items.

“It’s our largest sale days of the year,” Gossett said. “It always doubles the traffic in our store and it’s our way of giving back to the community for their support all year.”

While it is a little early for some people to be thinking about Christmas, the vendors at Christmas in the Village offer holiday cheer and the opportunity to purchase unique gifts before Christmas officially arrives.

“We usually have a couple thousand people come through our little town,” Ashley said. “We try to get the word out there; we want our vendors to do well. We want to pay it forward. None of this would be possible without the support of the community.”