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“Divas at Dusk” Event Draws Shoppers

by Yvette Cain
May 12, 2019

Divas descended upon downtown Holliston shops on Thursday evening, replete with boas, pink sashes, and decorated sippy cups to enjoy discounts, goodies, and friendship.  The event, the first of its kind in Holliston, was the brainchild of Diane Marrazzo, owner of the Grapevine Gift Shop, who created this evening as an opportunity to provide the Holliston Pantry Shelf with donations of toiletries and feminine products, none of which are supported by SNAP cards.  Additionally, the evening provided women with some pampering by local merchants to usher in Mothers’ Day weekend.

Outside the Grapevine shop, a DJ played music to stroll by, while inside festivities included wine and treats.  Each participating shop sported pink and black striped balloons. At each shop, an individually designed pin to adorn shoppers’ sashes was available. 

My route took me across Route 16 to Kamala, Gracefully Restored, and the Market.   Shop owners were on hand in each of these stores to meet and greet the strollers, offering raffles, more goodies, and good cheer.  Stores enjoyed the aura of camaraderie, as they filled with chatting friends and acquaintances, and busy dressing rooms.

Over to Janine’s Jewelry I spied French macarons,  “birthday popcorn,” and pretty displays.  Heading down Central Street, I stopped by an open and bustling Bar Athena that featured several pasta dishes this evening. 

B. Darling had created a wall of moss for her visitors’ “selfie” photos, as well as a tabletop of lovely spring blooms from which to create bouquets (oh, and a table of treats).   

My last stop, the Candy Cottage was almost too crowded to enter.  Tempting treats included chocolate butterfly wings (potato chips), dark chocolate covered pretzels, and chocolate drizzled popcorn. (Do you get the theme?)  Additional temptation drew shoppers to the chocolate fountain, where owner Donna Cady had gathered fruits, pretzels, and marshmallows for dunking. 

My route would not be complete without a visit to Fiske’s.  The store bustled with lucky shoppers who enjoyed a 30% discount on everything—and I do mean everything.  Leaving the store, I selected another truffle—chai flavored—my last treat of the evening. 

If you missed the experience, perhaps we’ll be fortunate to see it become an annual event.  If you enjoyed the event, we’re glad you came!

 

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