May 24, 2018
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Presque Isle residents to shop for a cause

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A local business is offering shoppers a way to get a jump-start on their Christmas shopping while supporting local charities at the same time.

The Kitchen & Bath Shop at 2 Reach Road is hosting its second annual Christmas Shopping for a Cause event on Saturday. Seven vendors representing Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Mary Kay, Silpada, Scentsy and more will set up shop in the store and offer products, demonstrations and more to shoppers.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.

Each vendor will give a portion of their proceeds to a number of local charities.

“My mother and I thought of this last year,” Kelly Mathes, an employee at The Kitchen & Bath Shop, said Wednesday. The store is owned by her parents. “We thought this was a great way to give back and to help others do their shopping. It also promotes shopping locally.”

The inaugural year, Mathes said, was wildly successful.

“Last year, we had it for three hours in the evening,” she recalled. “It was very successful, but we had a lot of people who said they could not get into our parking lot because it was so busy. So we decided to have it during the day and stretch the hours out so that more people could attend.”

All of the vendors have chosen their own charities, which include the Wintergreen Art Center, cancer awareness organizations, domestic violence organizations and others.

“We are really happy to be doing this,” Mathes said. “This gives people a chance to get out and donate and shop. We will have food and refreshments and lots of goods for people to choose from.”

Attendees also will get a chance to win a $350 door prize.


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