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Hometown Holiday window display – we want your help!

Every year at Pufferbellies, we go all out to create magical holiday windows that the whole town can enjoy. This year, we are asking for your help!

The theme for all of downtown Staunton this season is “A Hometown Holiday.” We want to make our window display extra special by featuring ornaments decorated by YOU, our customers and friends.

Here’s how to participate:

Stop by Pufferbellies between October 29 and November 18 to pick up your FREE blank ornament. Choose a clear plastic sphere or a porcelain star. Take it home and decorate it anyway you choose!

Bring your decorated ornament back to Pufferbellies by 6PM on November 19th.

Come to our Holiday Window Unveiling Party at 6:30PM on Friday, November 22 to see your ornament and your name in the window!

Things to remember: Your ornament can be decorated any way you like. Your ornament will be available for pickup after January 1. That means you won’t be able to hang it on your tree this year, but you’ll have it back for next year.

All ages are welcome to participate, and team or family entries are welcome.


A Pufferbellies Christmas

Today was the most wonderful day. A group of our customers and friends filled up the store and surprised us with a flash mob of caroling, handmade cards and drawings, coffee and doughnuts and the reading of an a-maaaaazing poem.

Mom and I are just so overwhelmed by the kindness that we hardly know what to say. To be honest, sometimes owning a little store can be hard. But today it was just magical. Thank you. You all are the best.

And … here’s the poem!

A Pufferbellies Christmas
By Emily Cox and Steven Cox

‘Twas the season of Christmas, when all through the store
Not a child was heard wailing or begging for more.
They’d stocked all the shelves and filled all the displays,
Getting everyone ready for St. Nick’s big day.

The Blantons were nestled all snug in their office
With stuffed animals: cats, dogs, owls and giraffes (ger-office)
Erin knitting a sweater and Susan a hat
They had just said goodbye to the last little chap.

When out on the floor there arose such a clatter
They tripped over each other to see what was the matter.
Away to the counter they flew like a flash
Tore open the register and checked all the cash.

The moon lit the village in the storefront windows
And gave their surroundings a most magical glow.
When a scent wafted in on a cool evening breeze
Of freshly made waffles and a quiet ‘Help, please.’

It was then that they noticed their brother/son Nick,
Who was trapped beneath thousands of small Lego bricks.
More rapid than hex bugs the P-Team they came,
And they whistled and hooted and called out their names.

Here’s Erin S., Susan F., Aleks and Brittany,
Emily and Molly and this is our litany:
“We’ll help you with Christmas, with gifts large and small
And wrap away! Wrap away! Wrap away all!”

With scissors and scotch tape their hands they did fly
And got out poor Nick in the wink of an eye.
Then back to their stations the P-Team they flew
And cleaned up the mess, and Nicholas too.

And then in the quiet they heard from upstairs
A jolly old chuckle and asked ‘Who goes there?’
As they gathered together to listen for sound
Down the stairs St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed to the nines in a fancy new suit
And announced ‘Hello ladies, I’m in need of some loot!’
He took out his list, it was long as could be
Said he needed new toys for under the trees.

The P-Team responded without hesitation
With armloads of toys sure to bring fascination.
Fart bombs and Play Mobil, tattoos with glitter
Crocodile rockers and Calico Critters.

Science kits, art supplies, cool pogo sticks
Scooters and balance bikes, fun magic tricks.
Loopdeedos, microscopes, mobiles with hooks,
Sophies and Foil Its and stacks of great books!

His pack was so stuffed with wonderful gifts
He feared that his reindeer no longer could lift
His sleigh full of marvelous toys, books and candy
So he turned to the staff and inquired ‘Where’s Sandy?’

I need her tonight to help pull the sleigh
In order to finish before light of day.
So they popped in a quarter and off Sandy flew
With a sleigh full of toys and St. Nicholas, too.

Exhausted but happy and full of good cheer
They closed up the shop and another great year.
But I heard them exclaim ‘ere they turned out the lights
“Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Santa Claus in downtown Staunton – two more dates for 2011!

Santa Claus will be back for two more visits at Pufferbellies in downtown Staunton before Christmas — Sunday the 18th from 1 to 3PM, and Friday the 23rd from 6 to 8PM.

Our full calendar of events is front and center on our new website — here’s the link!

Visit Santa at Pufferbellies this December

Santa is coming! Please join us on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons this December.

Friday, December 2: 6pm-8pm
Sunday, December 4: 1pm-3pm

Friday, December 9: 6pm-8pm
Sunday, December 11: 1pm-3pm

Friday, December 16: 6pm-8pm
Sunday, December 18: 1pm-3pm

Friday, December 23: 6pm-8pm

Holiday windows, 2010

Here are a couple shots of our 2010 holiday windows. Robbie Lawson engineered and built six “gingerbread” replicas of landmark Staunton buildings: Pufferbellies, the Clocktower, the Masonic building, Staunton Station, Trinity Episcopal Church, and the Stonewall Jackson hotel. These windows are a tribute to our beautiful little city. We hope you enjoy them!

For lots more photos, you can check out Robbie’s album on Facebook.

The view from across the street.

The Clocktower and Stonewall Jackson Hotel

Pufferbellies and the Masonc Building, plus a side view of Staunton Station

Holiday windows going in today

I’m getting so excited! Our holiday windows are going in today. I love this time of year. Stay tuned here and on Facebook for photos.

Christmas Eve hours – and deals, too!

This is it! We’re open until 2PM today, Christmas Eve. We’ve got free candy canes at the counter, fast and free (and beautiful) gift wrapping, and some special deals that are good now through New Year’s Eve:

Maclaren Junior Quest Doll Accessory Set: 50% off! Was $79.99, now $39.99

Maclaren Twin Triumph Doll Stroller: 50% off! Was $39.99, now $19.99

Saturniun Soft Shoes Portable Horseshoe Set: 50% off! Was $29.99, now $14.99

Carson Optics JC-1000 Skyseeker Telescope:  60% off! Was $119.99, now $47.99

Red Light Green Light Game: 50% off! Was $24.99, now $12.49

Rolit Game: 50% off! Was $29.99, now $14.99

Kid Galaxy Slick Drifters R/C Cars (in red and green): 50% off! Was $39.99, now $19.99

We’ll be closed Christmas Day, but we’ll reopen at 10AM on Saturday, December 26th. Happy Holidays!

(These specials are only available on in-store purchases and only while supplies last. No returns on sale merchandise. Sale prices cannot be applied to previous purchases. Thank you!)