Now in its seventh year, Sip-N-Shop promotes local independent businesses and charities, enticing shoppers with glasses of wine while they browse each store.
“It’s two-fold, shopping at and supporting a local business and raising money for this year’s charity, Moms on the Run,” said Gina Archer, the organizer of the Sip-N-Shop. “It’s a great way to give back.”
Archer focuses on different shopping centers and local shops each year, only choosing to work with locally owned businesses.
“We always try to help struggling businesses,” said Archer.
This year, she chose shops in Sparks’ Vista Village shopping center to support, picking Kim Hunter’s two stores. Bag of Bones is a specialty pet supplies store, specializing in holistic pet food, US source pet food and alternative medicines for dogs and cats a like.
Sierra Style sells men’s and women’s clothing, as well as repurposed furniture and handmade gifts designed by local artists. Sip-N-Shop happens every weekend until Christmas, beginning from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Come into either Sierra Style or Bag of Bones,” said Hunter. “You give $5 and with that, you can drink a nice glass of wine and have some snacks while doing some shopping.”
The $5 will be donated to Moms on the Run, a non-profit organization that helps women financially with breast cancer treatment.
“Pinocchio’s provide all the wine and it’s just a really nice event,” said Archer. “It’s simple and low-key.”
Sip-N-Shop has proved to be popular over the years, gathering a big following of buy-local conscientious shoppers.
“Seven years ago, a girlfriend and I had a party and invited a bunch of home vendors who sold things like candles and containers,” said Archer. “We had a bunch of vendors interested and eventually, small stores and businesses wanted to get involved. We were thinking about donating some of the funds to charity so we picked the Ronald McDonald House. Each year, we pick a different store and charity to support.”
The first event grew to 500 people. The following year, Archer expanded the sole night into a two-day event.
“We ran an ad in the paper and a lot of people ended up seeing it,” said Archer. “So many people were coming to the event and we had 30-something places call us, looking for a spot to sell their merchandise. It was great and Sip-N-Shop just really took off from there.”
Participants can bring their children and pets into Bag of Bones to take pictures with ‘Santa Paws’ on December 21 and 22.
“We have a professional photographer come in and take some really nice quality pictures,” said Hunter. “Each sheet costs $15 and the customer can pick out what pictures they like the best. Then, they can pick them up the next day.”
Both women stress the importance of buying local.
“Shopping local really speaks about the community,” said Hunter. “We’re not just a local business but we are supporting other locals by selling their work in here. All that money stays here. We’re supporting local charities where the money will stay and help local women with breast cancer or gynecological cancers. We stick together.”
Visit www.sipnshopreno.com for more information.