Saturday, September 27, 2014

Winners Announced!

Thanks to all you Shop-Hoppers for two fun days!

Not only was it great weather for picking up charms and deals, it was especially charmed for three particular lucky Hoppers - the grand prize winners!   After completing their Passports by having them stamped at every store on the ShopHop route, they turned them in at their last stop to be entered into the official drawing. 

Then tonight, the drawing was then held after all the stores turned in all of their completed, verified Passports . . .

And the lucky ShopHoppers whose names were drawn as winners are . . .  

Third Prize ($250): Beverly Cavaciut

Second Prize ($500): Shayna Rasin

First Prize: ($1,000)  Dora McFadden


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sept. 26 & 27 - Shop Hop 2014

Edit Sept.22:
(1)  Yes, you can pick up a "Passport" at any of the shops. They are listed to the right of this post, or down below.
(2) Yes, anyone can participate. But you must be 16 or older to win the $1750 in prizes.
(3) Yes, you can do it in one day - or one hour if you're super-fast! :)  You don't have to do it over the two day period - pick whatever time is fun for you  - - and you do not have to be present to win.

ShopHop Instructions and Rules are found below. 

Just 12 weekends left til Christmas!
Get all your pre-Christmas shopping done this weekend
have a great time doing it!

Support your locally-owned Smyrna businesses Friday and Saturday, September 26 & 27 with this year's SHOP HOP.  Collect charms from each, enjoy giveaways and discounts, and meet your friends and neighbors, all on a two-mile "hop" along Concord Road.

Shops are providing winnings equaling $1,750 in gift certificates and gifts:

Grand Prize $1,000
Second Prize $500
Third Prize $250



If you've shop-hopped in Smyrna before, you're eager to get the newest charms! Each store offers a unique charm -  free when you spend at least ten dollars. Or you can purchase the charm itself for $3. Add them to the bracelet you already have. . . or pick up a beautiful new bracelet at Nest when you stop there.

What's a "Passport"?

A Passport is what you need to be entered to win any of the grand prizes. (See Passport image here.)  Pick up a Passport from any of the ten shops - start anywhere on the route. At each stop, have the
store stamp your "passport" with its unique stamp. To win, you must visit each store and have your passport stamped there.  All the shops have passports to share. You can pick up your passport in advance, but shops will be stamping them only on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 & 27.

In what order do I hop?

You can start anywhere along the route - all the stores have passports to give out.  You can start anywhere, go in any order, and drop off your completed passport at any of the stores.


Which stores are ShopHop shops?

The ten participating shops are listed to the right. You can see them on the route map.  (Route map is on the back of your Passport too.)  The stores include: Vickery Hardware, Nest Gifts & Garden, Heart and Sole, Love Street Gifts, Going Gear, Rev Coffee, Jonquil Sporting Goods, Floral Creations,Wallpaper & Stuff, Nutrition King & Oasis

When can I hop?

The ShopHop 2014 is being held on Friday and Saturday, September 26 & 27.  You can use the whole time to get your passport stamped, or do it all in one day. It starts Friday whenever the first store opens and ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday. 

When are the prizes drawn?

When the ShopHop is over at 6 on Saturday, we'll collect all the completed Passports. The entries will be checked to make sure each stamp is present and the entry is legible.  Then a drawing will be held to determine the Grand, Second and Third prizes.  You will be contacted that night if your passport is drawn. (So be sure your contact information is correct and legible!)

How many Passports can I enter?

Only one Passport per person. You cannot have your friend's passport stamped for them - they need to go to each shop themselves.

What are the restrictions?

Anyone can hop!!  Anyone can get a Passport and have it stamped. But you must be at least 16 to enter your passport into the drawing.

Why else is the ShopHop great to do?

 Hoppers always say how much fun it is, to get out and "compete."  You meet and interact with your local business owners as well as other shop-hoppers in your community. Plus, shops have giveaways, and special deals for ShopHoppers.

Christmas is only 12 weeks away!  
What better way to work through your list AND have fun doing it?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Congrats Holiday Hop WInners!!

What a great Holiday Hop!

We hope you had as much fun as we did today and yesterday – beautiful weather, great people, fun deals, cute charms, tasty treats and live music. (Yes! Thanks to the bluegrass band Sojourners for entertaining at Vickery this afternoon!

We announced the winners this evening at seven and they are listed below. Thanks to the rest of you for “hopping,” and hopefully even if you didn’t go home with a grand prize, you did feel like a winner anyway… and that you’ll “hop” with us again in August!

Congratulations to:

Grand Prize Winner:  Chenoa Reed of Smyrna!
We were happy to learn Chenoa is also a local owner of her own small business:  Just Wellness Health and Fitness, specializing in managing exercise, CPR and wellness tra for groups.

SeCOND Prize Winner:  Shirley westmoreland of mableton!


Third Prize Winner: Charlotte dorsey of smyrna

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Feedback:  What was great about today’s Holiday Hop?  What could use improvement? What would you like to see changed? What is great just the way it is? 

Send your comments to or leave them in the comment section below, so we can make sure next Shop Hops are great.  Thank you!!  And thank you for

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Holiday Hop - a fun way to shop!

Friday & Saturday
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1

Ask the winners of this summer's "ShopHop" - - it's a great time!  And not just for the winners!  Free giveaways, refreshments, special deals, new charms. Plus the fun of meeting your friends and neighbors as you visit each of your favorite local merchants.

This Holiday Hop will feature three Grand Prizes, gifts certificates and gifts equaling
and    $325!

Smyrna, Georgia's first, fun, free

How do you participate?
  • Pick up your free Holiday Hop "passport" from one of the stores
  • Get it "stamped" at all 13 locations
  • Enjoy the various fun things offered, different at each location: special Holiday Hop discounts, refreshments, charms with purchase, and freebie surprises
  • Get your name entered to win Grand Prize, Second Prize or Third Prize to be announced Saturday night

Details below:
>> What is a shop-hop?
>> Participating stores
>> What you can win
>> Grand prize award
>> How to shop-hop Smyrna

>> What is a Holiday Hop (or Shop Hop)?

A fun competition where local folks travel to each participating "Holiday Hop" store, in order to be entered to win prizes and do holiday shopping locally.  It's free and fun - and a great way to get to know your community small businesses (and receive freebies, discounts, and refreshments).

Instructions and details of how to shop-hop are below.  Or stop at one of the 13 shops and pick up your own "Passport," to get ready to hop!

Along the way, we hope you get to see and meet other contestants, get to know your friendly local businesses, and find the perfect gifts for your holiday shopping!

>> Who are the Participating Shops?

Your Holiday Hop Passport will have a map route to follow and the addresses of each spot. You can visit them in whatever order you like, but you must visit each of the stores and get your passport stamped at every stop. The shops are:

     the Bird and the Bee
     Floral Creations Florist
     Heart & Sole
     the Honeybee
     Jonquil Sporting Goods
     Love Street
     Marshmallow Dream
     McEntyre's Bakery
     Rev Coffee
     Suzigooch Jewelry
     Vickery Hardware
     Wallpaper & Stuff

(Their addresses and more about them are below.)

>> What can you win?
The Grand Prize for 2012's Holiday Hop is $1,300 in shops' gift cards and certificates. Second ($650) and third prizes ($325) will also be awarded. The drawing will take place Saturday after all the Passports are turned in at six p.m.  To be eligible, Passports must have each of the stores' stamps on them.

Along the way, though, you also "win" just by visiting the shops - collect each of the fun "charms," get other freebies and discounts, and enjoy refreshments and conversation!  Plus - get your holiday shopping done - with fun!

>> How to shop-hop Smyrna's Holiday Hop?

1. Pick up a Smyrna Holiday Hop Passport. You can get a Passport from any of the 13 participating shops either on that Friday or Saturday. We give you two days to complete the "Hop!" You can pick up the passport in advance as well, but the official stamping is done on Friday and until six p.m. on Saturday.

2. Map out your route. Your passport will list the names and addresses of all the stores you must make it to, and will show a general route/map you might want to follow. You can visit the stores in any order you like - start anywhere (pick up your passport anywhere) and end any where (turn in your completed passport at any of the shops). The route is also below, if you want to plan in advance! 

3. Start Hopping!  Visit each of the stores between Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st - - you can do it in one day, if you like. At each shop, get your passport stamped with that store's special Passport Stamp. Purchases are not necessary. But while you're hopping, take time to look around, enjoy some refreshments, take advantage of freebies and discounts and get to know your other contestants and shop owners. And find perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

 4. Prepare to be charmed.  When you visit each location, if you make purchases of at least $10, you'll get a special holiday charm related to that shop! (You can also purchase the charm directly for $3.) Collect them all for a special Smyrna-specific charm bracelet and sport them around town to celebrate our town - and to brag that you made it through the Holiday Hop in one piece!   (Nest will be selling charm bracelets if you don't have one yet.)     

5. Fill up your Passport! To be entered to win any of the big prizes, your Passport needs to sport the stamp of each of the shops.  

6. Turn in your Passport! You can turn in your (completed!) passport at any of the locations. But it needs to be turned in by 6 pm on Saturday. If you finish early - great! - you can turn it in any time. (Note: McEntyre's closes at 5, so be sure to get your stamp from then before then!)

7. Hopefully, Win! The drawing from among completed Passports will happen Saturday night and you'll be called (be sure your contact info is correct!) that evening. Winners' names will be posted on this site as well. 

Holiday Charms
Pick up a free holiday charm  from each of the shops when you spend at least $10 with them.  (Or you can buy the charms themselves for $3 each.)  Collect them all - - or add them to your collection from last summer's Shop Hop!  Nest will be selling bracelets, if you don't have your own already.


** You must be 16 to enter the Grand Prize drawings, but people of any age can enjoy "hopping"!

** One Passport per participant, please. Also, you must get it stamped in person and not before the Holiday Hop begins.


Vickery Hardware
881 Concord Road, Smyrna GA
(770) 435-4567
Hometown hardware store where customer service is not a department but an attitude!
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Floral Creations Florist
3308 South Cobb Drive Southeast Smyrna, GA 30080
(770) 433-0621
Smyrna's local florist creating a lasting impression in floral design since 1980.

Heart & Sole Boutique 
1275 Concord Rd, Smyrna, GA
(678) 238-0130
Unique clothing, creative jewelry, one-of-a-kind shoes
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the honeybee 
2968 Atlanta Road, Smyrna GA
(770) 432-5120
Historic home houses the best in unique art, jewelry, clothing, accessories & gifts
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Jonquil Sporting Goods 
1848 Spring Road, Smyrna, GA

(770) 432-1194
Personal service and the best in team & individual equipment & apparel
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Love Street Gifts and Gardens 
1295 Concord Road, Smyrna, GA
(770) 434-8578
Fresh gifts: local artists, best brands, one-of-a-kind treasures
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Marshmallow Dream Monogram Studio 
1326-B Concord Road, Smyrna GA
(770) 405-8777
Luxurious gifts for your little ones, on-site personalization embroidery studio.
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McEntyre's Bakery 
1184 Concord Road, Smyrna GA
(770) 434-3115
Fifty years of hometown goodness: deli, party trays, cakes, pies, fresh daily specials
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Nest Home & Garden 
762 Concord Road, Smyrna GA
(in Dickson Shopping Center)
Three fabulous floors of fashion, high-end consignment, jewelry, baby gifts, art gallery
Find us at

Rev Coffee 
1680-B Spring Road, Smyrna GA
(770) 573-4434
Community-centric coffee & events: independently owned with world-class taste
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Suzigooch Jewlery 
 762 Concord Road, Smyrna GA
(below Nest) 
Independent artisan & jeweler, goldsmith since 1979, stone setter and engraver
Contact us at   

the bird & the bee
2968 Atlanta Road, Smyrna GA

(678) 306-1149

Home and garden.
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Wallpaper & Stuff
1184 Concord Road #3, Smyrna GA

(770) 434-1121

Wallcoverings, window treatments and design

Find us at

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