Some might argue it’s too early for Christmas music, but no one would say it’s too early for free food, community and a Christmas sale. That’s what Harpeth True Value owners Mike and Shelley Moeller are betting on, at least.
Members of the Franklin community stepped into a winter wonderland in the back of True Value on Downs Boulevard Thursday night for the store’s annual Jingle, Jingle, Mix and Mingle event. The space normally reserved for plants and gardening supplies was transformed into all things Christmas — fake trees decorated with elaborate ornament arrangements, large snowy husky statues, sleighs and sleigh bells, and that warm pine and firewood smell associated with the holidays.
Guests enjoyed finger foods from Catering & Events by Suzette as they shopped around for Christmas decorations at 20% off.
Just inside the decked-out hall was a selfie station where the guest of honor, Jimmy Gentry, sat beside a golden cake to celebrate Marty Ligon’s 81st birthday — a fitting party location for the former True Value owner’s wife.
Prominent Franklinites like Alderman At-Large Brandy Blanton and Mayor Ken Moore’s wife, Linda, browsed tinsel and ribbon alongside friends and members of the community at an event that has become far more than a shopping spree over the last 20-or-so years.
Shelley Moeller said this is one way she likes to give back to the community that has done so much for her and her family. She proudly looked into the room full of excited shoppers who seemed to have been looking forward to this event for some time.
“You can tell, can’t you?” she said.