Downtown shops are opening their doors and extending their hours just in time for the holiday season to begin. The four shops participating are Lionel Smith Ltd., Tea Garden Gifts, the Curiosity Shop and Bone-I-fide Bakery.

Every Sunday following Thanksgiving until Christmas, these shops will open their doors when they are normally closed. Unfortunately, only Lionel Smith Ltd. was open Sunday.

The reason behind opening on Sunday comes down to the customers.

“It gives customers the opportunity to shop after Sunday dinner or church,” store manager Danny Minolfo said. “It gives them the opportunity to get their gifts wrapped, and clients can pick them up at their convenience.”

The upcoming weeks will bring special events, as well as the extended hours.

“Over the next three weeks, customers can expect a good collection of sports wear, outer wear and shirts and ties,” Minolfo said. “We will be open an hour later during the week. We will have special events, as well. Tuesday night will be ladies night from 4 to 8 p.m.

According to Minolfo, ladies night isn't just for the ladies, though it will be the main focus of the event.

“Ladies night will include entertainment, light refreshments, special discounts and complementary gift wrapping,” Minolfo said. “It will be a fun environment for the women and allow them to shop for the men in their lives. They can bring men as, well. We won't kick them out.”

In addition to Ladies Night, they will also be participating in the Night of 1,000 Lights. There will be entertainment in front of the store, and if any of the extended times don't work for the customers, they are also available by appointment, according to Minolfo.

Minolfo touches on the goal of Lionel Smith Ltd. for the holiday season.

“Our goal is to make holiday shopping as easy as painless as possible,” Minolfo said. “The biggest thing is to encourage people to shop locally as much as possible. When you shop locally, you support the economy.”

Although there weren't many shoppers out Sunday, this isn't uncommon, according to Minolfo.

“Typically, during the first two Sundays, we are not overwhelmed,” Minolfo said. “This is the first time in a long time where there are actually five Sundays instead of four like there usually is. The last two to three weeks we stay very busy because of last minute gifts and people stop by after eating lunch.”