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December 14, 2012

Tinsel time in Port

Downtown merchants making it festive


Alan Mons, a principal in Chococoa Baking Co. in The Tannery, said that most coffee shops are intent on creating a festive atmosphere.

“There are a lot of places where people can stop for coffee and a snack,” said Mons, who with Julie Ganong runs the growing enterprise. The company recently shipped 1,800 packages of whoopie pies to a Whole Foods outlet in New York.

“Each shop tries to be a little different, but everyone wants to offer a pleasant experience. People want to enjoy the holidays.”

Joy McFarland, manager of the Garrison Inn, said dressing up the lobby is a sign of good hospitality.

“We want our guests to feel comfortable when they arrive,” said McFarland. “We enjoy decorating and I think our visitors also like to see a holiday theme.”

Sometimes window decorations can be too appealing.

Greta Reineke, who runs Greta’s Great Grains at 24 Pleasant St., this season is presenting a wooden toylike Christmas scene in her window depicting a bucolic holiday scene in Europe. She is from Austria, and her husband comes from Germany

“We’ve had a few people look in the window, come in and they want to buy the decorations,” Reineke said with a smile. “But I tell them they are not for sale.”

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