Food, drink, seasonal music and laughter all added to the excitement of Thursday night’s Stephens Exclusive’s annual “Wish List” party.
As people entered the store, they were given a pad and pen to use to keep track of treasures that they would like this year. They were also invited to help themselves to an array of food and drink. The store was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and in spite of Thanksgiving still being two weeks away, everyone seemed in to be in the holiday spirit.
“One of the things that I think has really helped our store and LaGrange businesses in general is ‘thinking outside of the box’. This is our largest event and everyone really enjoys it,” store manager April Gantner said,
With even the smallest details being carefully taken care of, the evening did take on the ambiance of a true holiday party. Gantner, along with store owners Darlene and Roger Stephens, store employees and even Gantner’s husband, Glenn, all were welcoming and treated everyone as their guests. Everyone was made to feel comfortable.
High school freshmen, Catherine Lukken and Abigail Brock took their time walking through the store writing down items that they especially liked on their lists.
“This is my second year coming to this, I really like the store and the things that they sell,” Lukken said as she and her friend was admiring items from one of the jewelry counters.
Brock said, “this is really a good idea, it gives you a chance to look things over.”
People did take the opportunity to also shop for the holidays. Sue Ekkebus purchased so much well that Glenn Gantner had to help her out of the store with all of her purchases. Ekkebus was not making the mistake of waiting to the last minute to try to fulfill the wishes of her family and friends.
The event was attended by members from the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce, loyal customers and even first timers eating, drinking and getting a jump, on what seems to be, a very busy Christmas season for Downtown LaGrange.