The Specialty Shops on the Square in Washington are partnering with WHIP (Washington Helps It’s People) for their annual Holiday Open House the weekend of November 2-3.

The Specialty Shops will be giving away a Thanksgiving gift basket worth over $400 on Thankful Thursday, November 21. Shoppers can earn tickets toward the basket drawing for non- perishable food items brought in to any of the participating stores during the Holiday Open House weekend and continuing through Thankful Thursday. The drawing for the basket will be held at the end of that evening on November 21.

Many of the stores will be offering specials and serving refreshments during the open house weekend. Specialty Shops will also be open 12-4 p.m. on Sundays beginning November 3 through Christmas. Santa’s mailbox will be placed outside of The Blacksmith restaurant. Letters to Santa that have a return address dropped in the box by Dec 15 will get a reply.