A great weekend for DEAR

Orange is my favorite color, especially on DEAR Hunting Day. This Saturday marks the fifth year of this fun shopping and dining event. The shops open up at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. for brioche at the Green Olive!) and then you’ll want to get a seat at the Waconia Theatre for the free fashion show at 10 a.m. It’s a quick show and someone you know may be getting a make-over, so don’t miss it! Yetzer’s Home Furnishings will be the place to be at 11:30 a.m. There will be a tablescaping demonstration where you can learn how to set a beautiful table with the added bonus of a complimentary chocolate tasting courtesy of Laketown Chocolates … delicious!
At 1:30 p.m., you’ll want to be at Mackenthun’s Fine Foods for a different tablescaping demonstration and a wine sampling from Parley Lake Winery with a complimentary appetizer from the Next Course cooking school!
There are 26 participants and they would all love to see you in your orange on Saturday: Balance Life, BIG Athletics, Clearwater Clothing, Curly Willow, Factory Direct Furniture Express, Fair Trade Gift shop, Fantastic Sam’s, Heavenly Patchwork Quilt Shop, Jim Gilbert’s Wild Bird Store, Laketown Chocolates, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods, Neubauer/HealthSource, Real Deals on Home Décor, Salon Trende, The Stash, Waconia Farm Supply, Waconia Trading Company, Weinzierl’s Jewelry and Yetzer’s Home Furnishings.
For a special beverage or tasty treat, these businesses are participating: D’Vinci’s, Green Olive Catering and Deli, Hopper’s Bar and Grill, Lola’s Lakehouse, Mocha Monkey, Parley Lake Winery, Sovereign Estate Wine and Waconia Lanes.
Pick up a card at a participating shop or print one off of our website for a map with specials and events listings. The scavenger hunt is a great way to get into some businesses you may have never been in – and when you fill out the card and turn it in, you have a chance to win a basket of Waconia!
I really can’t think of a town that has more fun than Waconia. Of course, there’s also a serious side as our businesses help raise money to help out families in need … a great example of why it’s important to shop local. Thank you, Waconia businesses, for all you do.
We also know that there is an election coming up, with candidates whose votes will affect our business community.
The Chamber had the good fortune to work with the Waconia West Carver Rotary and the Waconia Patriot last week, sponsoring a breakfast forum with Senator Ortman, her challenger Jim Weygand, Representative Ernie Leidiger and his challenger, Keith Pickering. As a first time moderator, I thoroughly enjoyed the process and was grateful for courteous candidates and an engaged crowd. If you would like to view the forum, it is on the community cable channel 8 as well as streaming on the Waconia Public School District 110 and Waconia Chamber websites. Your vote does matter.
So – get out for DEAR Hunting this Saturday the 3rd and get out and vote next Tuesday, Nov. 6.
See you around town! I’ll be in orange!

By Kellie Sites, the president of the Waconia Chamber of Commerce.