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Philadelphia’s annual Holiday Open House will run three big days this year from Friday, Nov. 6 to Sunday, Nov. 8. 

The expanded event will offer extra time for customers while still staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic, said Steve Wilkerson, owner of Steve’s on the Square downtown.

Regular hours apply at participating merchants Friday and Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For information on Philadelphia merchants, check here.

“Last year we had over 100 people at the store for the open house,” he said. “We know not everyone can show up on Sunday, so it’s good that the event will be more than one day, for us and the customers.” 

Wilkerson added that he’s happy his store can be open and accept customers this year, despite the COVID-19 restrictions. 

“Limiting our capacity is better than having to completely shut down,” he said. “We’re really glad we can still participate, and people will appreciate that we’re doing what we can to have this while maintaining the safety guidelines.” 

Dawn Lea Chalmers, co-owner of Kademi, said they’ll be offering a wonderful selection of merchandise such as baby gifts, children’s toys, and high-end jewelry. 

“We’re making it our goal to have a fun, happy, and safe environment for people to come shop in,” Chalmers said. “We’re so glad to be here for our customers. Going by the COVID guidelines during this will be a challenge, but we’ll be doing the best we can, especially making sure everything is clean and sanitized.” 

Chalmers said last week the store usually gets their merchandise for the Open House right before the event starts, but this year they’ve already set up the products and are ready to go. 

“We usually have a lot of people come shop at the store, and there were over 150 customers here last year,” she said. “A number like that will be hard to manage with the restrictions, which is why the three-day extension is good.” 

Chalmers hopes that despite the COVID guidelines, everyone will still have an enjoyable shopping experience. 

“Come out and see us,” she said. “Maybe the three-day thing will stick and we’ll keep doing it this way.”

Another store participating in the open house, Back Roads Boutique & Monograms, will be offering high-quality boutique items such as women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, and Myra Bags, according to owner Amanda Smith. 

“We’ll be having sales each day throughout the day on our products,” Smith said. “We’ll of course be following COVID guidelines, and hand sanitizer will be readily available.” 

Smith noted that COVID has been very difficult and stressful for Back Roads, but she’s grateful they can still remain open. 

“I’m still very happy we can be a part of this,” she said. “Once again, we encourage people to shop local at local businesses. We also offer gift wrapping at no charge.” 

For more information about the Philadelphia Holiday Open House, visit the Community Development Partnership Facebook page at

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