Vintage Christmas brings community together


After many weeks of planning, preparations and promotions, the Town of Parrsboro’s first annual Vintage Christmas arrived with a blizzard of snow and visitors from near and far.

Parrsboro is a small town, hit hard by the closure of its mill and the loss of many of its youth who leave to pursue education or job prospects in the big city or in other parts of Canada. One thing that Parrsboro hasn’t lost is it’s heart.

This past weekend, business owners pulled out all the stops to decorate their storefronts. The Sweet Brier Boutique (Owner Heather and her son Matthew) donated hundreds of white lights, bows and garland and some serious decorating time to transform the Town Bandstand into a Christmas showcase complete with beautiful wreaths from the Town.

Businesses and residents donated their time and talents to promote the event to prospective visitors. A Christmas Market featured quality handcrafted gifts and yummy treats made by entrepreneurs from Parrsboro and across to New Brunswick. Carollers brought their beautiful music to many of the shops. A Victorian Santa Claus visited the Sweet Brier for photos with children and dogs too! The Town tree and bandstand were officially ‘lit’ and guests enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies served by the Youth Town Council. Children played in the snow and made their first snowmen of the year. It was a magical time.

Visitors to the Boutique said they heard about the four-day event on kijiji, in fliers, on Facebook, the Shoreline Journal and Cumberland News Now. They came from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. They described the Town as charming and beautiful and vowed to return. Town residents said the positive energy and beautify were like Parrsboro of old. Some businesses had record sales.

We want to say a special thank you to all of you who visited us at the Sweet Brier Boutique and for celebrating an old fashioned Christmas with us. For us it’s just the beginning of a magical time of year. The Christmas music is playing, the lights are shining, our store is filled to the brim with beautiful fashions, jewellry, giftware and many new products made by local entrepreneurs. We are holding Chalk PaintTM workshops for those who want to may want to make their own gifts and will be offering some beautiful gift baskets for all those DIY-ers out there! And for all of you who are unable to drop by to see us, we’re happy to ship anything you see in the store to you anywhere, any time! Think rural and buy local! It makes a world of difference!