The Mill at Christmas looks a little different in its eighth year, but the Bebe it’s cold outside ugly christmas Shirt two-day shopping event demonstrated a huge draw between COVID-19. Hundreds of people gathered at Mill in Lebanon on Saturday for Christmas shopping, while others attended the VIP pre-show on Friday to raise money for Loving Hands.
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Saturday marks Mill’s first large-scale performance since COVID-19 came out in the community. After examining the waters with the minimized July Shopping Exit, the staff decided to proceed with the Christmas event.
Owner Teddy Pyle creates custom-made wood and vinyl works that are sold in the Bebe it’s cold outside ugly christmas Shirt Basement Market in Mt. Juliet. He appeared regularly on vendor shows and attended Mill at Christmas his second year.
“We have been very successful today,” said Missy, Pyle’s wife. “We don’t really feel COVID will have a big impact because I feel like everyone is ready to get out of the house … and you can’t stop Christmas.”
Santa seemed to agree and appeared shortly after to the delight of the children in the room. The event also included festival craftsmanship and performances by the Nashville Suzuki Players to entertain the kids before he arrived to make his Christmas roster.
Pam Dulany of Hendersonville visited Mill for her own Christmas shopping. She first attended last year after reading about the event on Facebook and in an article in the Bebe it’s cold outside ugly christmas Shirt magazine.
“I’m making some Christmas gifts right now,” she said. “I love looking at clothes … and just to see different ideas because people are so imaginative with handmade things.”
Although Mill at Christmas was the first opportunity in months for some to shop for crafts offline, COVID-19 may have cut their spending.
Comer says helping small business owners like Endsley find that feeling is one reason why she decided to join Mill this Christmas.