For the final Shop Hop of the season, Pine and Strawberry are pulling out all the stops with a pumpkin patch, scarecrows, painting for kids and hot apple cider.
Pine by Design, 3494 N. Highway 87 near Old Country Road, will have 50 pumpkins from the Ponderosa Market spread out across its acre of land. Children can pick their favorite one and decorate it or help put together a scarecrow.
There will also be free painting for kids, caramel apples, popcorn balls, kettle corn and hot apple cider, said co-owner Tracy daCosta. You can even get your picture taken with a llama from Strawberry.
“We wanted to do something for the community since they are not doing the Pine Festival this year,” daCosta said.
Other shops participating in the Shop Hop will have special events going on throughout the night, including live music, artist demonstrations, free refreshments and event sales.
The Crystal Lotus Gallery will have face painting and a magical fairy garden. Myra’s Gallery is hosting a Charlie Brown Fun Day with mural painting and book reading.
This is the first year of the Pine-Strawberry Shop Hops. They started in June and have continued the second Saturday of every month to attract new business to the area and get residents out of their homes and interacting.
“Overall it has been a good success for our business,” daCosta said. “We are a new business and sometimes people are hesitant on going into new stores.”
Pine by Design opened in February and sells clothing, jewelry, gift cards, home décor, Christmas ornaments and dinnerware.
“A lot of the shops sell antiques so we wanted to sell something different,” daCosta said.
The Shop Hop runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday Oct. 11 in the shops along Highway 87 in Pine and Strawberry.
Shops include Pine Country Antiques, Old Settlers Village, Carol’s Country Crafts, Visions Speaking Rock Shop & Emporium, Early Morning Quilt Works, Crystal Lotus Gallery, Our House, Myra’s Gallery, Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques and Tymeless Antiques & Treasures.