- The opening of the gun deer season often leaves wives and girlfriends at home on their own.
Downtown Rhinelander hopes it can attract many of those women, and maybe even some men, to get started on holiday shopping.
The first-ever Holiday Open House on Saturday will feature sales, special events, and demonstrations at several businesses.
Its timing falls perfectly with the hunting season.
"There are a lot of women looking for something to do when the guys are out hunting," said Ruth Hempel, the co-owner at Forth Floral. "It just kind of morphed into this great weekend where a lot of the businesses in Rhinelander open their doors."
The Holiday Open House weekend slides into the place where Holiday Expressions used to be.
That event at Holiday Acres in Rhinelander isn't running this year.
The Holiday Open House is a way for small businesses to get a head start on larger ones.
"Black Friday is always a big box store shopping time, and internet shopping time," Lund and Taylor Bridal Gallerie co-owner Mary Taylor said. "We'd just like people to come in the week before and check out downtown and see what we have."
Here are the special events scheduled for Saturday in downtown Rhinelander.
8:00-2:00 - Tea Forte Tea Sampling â€" Northern Coffee Haus
9:00-4:00 - Free Hand Treatments â€" Dubl Digits
9:00-4:00 - Handmade Ornaments & Wreaths Sales â€" Trigs Green Space
9:30-5:30 - PomPom Palooza â€" Imaginuity
10:00 - Hands-On Bow Making Workshop â€" Forth Floral
10:00-3:00 - Craft & Home Based Business Show â€" Hext Theater
10:00-4:00 - Make & Take Greeting Cards â€" Old School
11:00 - Bra Fitting Workshop â€" Lund & Taylor Bridal Gallerie
12:00-5:00 - Free Gift Wrapping â€" Lund & Taylor Bridal Gallerie
1:00 - Bra Fitting Workshop â€" Lund & Taylor Bridal Gallerie
2:00 - Hands-On Bow Making Workshop â€" Forth Floral
2:00-5:00 - Complimentary Wine Tasting â€" Big Daddy's
3:00 - Homemade Soup Cooking Demo â€" Frasier's Kitchens
3:00 - Holiday Fashion Show â€" Lund & Taylor Bridal Gallerie
3:00-7:00 - Complimentary Hors d' oeuvres â€" Rhinelander CafÃ©
4:00 - Rhinelander Community Band â€" Hext Theater