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Downtown Marshall came alive over the weekend during Wassail Walk in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Merchants decked the halls in Shop Small blue and brewed up their own versions of the holiday apple cider.

"Our merchants, and I myself, had a fabulous time preparing for and participating in last weekend's Wassail Walk, said Wonderland of Lights Assistant Coordinator Rachel Skowronek. "The Main Street Program has been really trying to strengthen the Shop Small movement in our community, and it was so wonderful to see so many people come out and support their local businesses. This was such a magnificent way to kick off the Wonderland of Lights season in our community. We ended up tallying over 500 votes"

There were four titles up for grabs; the traditional first, second, and third were judged by a panel of three made up of those who work, volunteer, and own a small business in Marshall, as well as the people's choice "Taste of the Town". First place went to Charlie's Backyard Bar & Blue Frog Grill. Second place went to Deborah's Boutique. Third place went to The Brass Trunk. Taste of the Town was a competitive close call, but Gingko Leaf Gallery won out in the end.

"This was a really neat event," said Wassail Walk attendee Joel Heflin. "I had the chance to go into stores I might not have on my own without a reason. It was a great experience, we'll definitely be back next year."



For More Information Contact:

Rachel Skowronek 903-702-7777


The ladies of Blissmoore Valley Ranch decked out in their festive ugly sweaters


Two elves inside Central Perks whipping up some wassail


Shoppers pose inside The General Store for a picture while out on Small Business Saturday 


Entertainment galore outside Gingko Leaf Gallery on Small Business Saturday



Taste of the Town Winner, Claudia Lowery of Gingko Leaf Gallery, serves up some wassail for attendees



Second Place winners Deborah's Boutique







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