Culver's Holiday Hop, tree lighting help usher in Chirstmas Dec. 4

Staff Writer

Culver's annual "Holiday Hop" event, which takes place the first Friday of December each year and coincides with the town's tree lighting ceremony in the town park, is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 this year.

Customers are encouraged to shop and/or dine at four participating local businesses during the event, with special cards marked off for each purchase. The cards are then dropped off at the Cafe Max in downtown Culver for an 8:30 p.m. drawing of a $300 gift basket with gift cards from all participating businesses. The winner need not be present for the drawing.

Participating businesses are running specials only available during those hours.

This year, two Culver businesses are celebrating significant anniversaries and tying those celebrations into the event.

Cafe Max, at 113 S Main Street, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and will mark the occasion with an additional drawing using the Holiday Hop cards for the chance to win a $150 gift basket (the winner must be present to win). Participants are encouraged to gather at Cafe Max after a night of shopping, for the drawing.

Another downtown staple, Michelle's Headquarters salon, is celebrating 20 years during the Holiday Hop as well (see page 1, this edition), with an open house from 5 to 8 p.m. coinciding with Culver's Holiday Hop. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres will be available along with gift basket and 20 percent discount gift certificate door prizes. The event will also bid longtime employee Susan Elizondo farewell and welcome new staff member Angie Maroules.