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November 4, 2013

TCH gets a jump on holiday gifting with annual show

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

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These belts, created by Kristin Henchel Designs, will be among the items for sale at The Community House’s annual Winter Holiday Gift Show Nov. 15-16.

BIRMINGHAM — Don’t panic, holiday shoppers. There’s no need to run all over town looking for the perfect gift. Santa’s best helpers are all heading to The Community House next weekend for your convenience.

TCH will host its annual Winter Holiday Gift show Nov. 15-16, boasting unique gift items created by more than 50 local vendors.

“We have gift vendors who will feature everything from one-of-a-kind jewelry, florals, boutique clothing, specialty foods, soaps, children’s books, toys, unique Christmas ornaments and more,” said Shelly Lanesky, chair of the 2013 Winter Holiday Gift Show, in a prepared statement. “You can find the perfect hostess gift, a stocking stuffer for your child, a gift for your best friend, and of course, maybe even a little something for yourself.”

Elaine Redmond, of Beverly Hills, has been busy creating the charming hand-knit baby hats that she sells at the show each year. She does several holiday shows this time of year, but she always makes time for TCH’s Winter Holiday Gift Show.

“I have regular customers that come back to me every year, and I’ve been doing it about 10 years,” she said. “It’s a juried show, so I feel very lucky that they keep selecting me to come back.”

Redmond’s knit hats are a favorite for many customers, who come back each season so see what new style she’s been working on. This year, she’s excited to show off her new cupcake hats, which come in a variety of colors and look just as sweet as the little ones wearing them.  And then, of course, there’s always Redmond’s famous Christmas hat.

“I always make this really wacko Christmas hat for the show. They’re very funny. They have everything on them: pom-poms and stones and a star on the top. Every year, people come by to see what it’s going to be, and it always sells,” said Redmond with a laugh.

From whimsical pieces to seriously chic finds, there’s a little something for everyone on your holiday gift list, according to Lanesky. And for those who can’t wait until the 15th to start shopping, there’s always the Preview Party beginning at 6 p.m. Nov. 14. Guests will enjoy a VIP shopping experience complete with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a chance to snatch up all the fabulous finds one day before the show officially opens the following morning.

As always, proceeds from the admission cost of both the preview party and the Winter Holiday Gift Show go to benefit TCH’s many outreach programs for children in at-risk communities. Guests are also asked to bring an unwrapped gift to distribute to children who benefit from those programs.

If each guest brings a gift, it would surely make for lots of happy holidays this season, since the show traditionally draws huge crowds.

“People come from all over Michigan to (the show) because the quality is so high. It’s really very different, because there’s so many Christmas items, but there are so many other things,” said Redmond. “They really try to get unusual pieces. Every year, I buy something from the show.”

The 2013 Winter Holiday Gift Show will run 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 15-16. Admission is $7. Tickets for the preview party Nov. 14 are $45 each, and include entry to both days of the show. For more information, call (248) 644-5832 or visit www.tchserves.org.

The Community House is located at 380 S. Bates St. in downtown Birmingham.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.