NoMa celebrates First NoMel in Park City |

NoMa celebrates First NoMel in Park City

Kelly Evertsen, Of the Record Staff

It’s never too early to spread some holiday cheer in Park City. And since the day after Thanksgiving is notorious for being the busiest shopping day of the year in America, the North of Main shopping district is hoping to spread joy to shoppers and children at the third annual First NoMel this Friday, Nov. 23.

The North of Main District (NoMa) includes all businesses in the Bonanza Drive and Iron Horse Drive area and any other local businesses north of Main Street.

In year’s past, local shoppers and kids have enjoyed appetizers and drinks offered at various shops in the district during the First NoMel celebration, including a chocolate fountain at No Place Like Home and other fun finger foods at Whimsy, Right at Home and White Pine Touring. But bigger treats include visits from Santa Clause himself, who will be visiting with the young ones at various shops in NoMa between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and a tree lighting ceremony at No Place Like Home at 5:30 p.m.

Marion Boland from Right at Home said the day after Thanksgiving First NoMel celebration promotes local shopping during the holidays, as well as the new walkability bond that was recently passed in Park City.

"Park your car and move your feet," she said. "Do the neighborhood thing of hitting the [local] shops."

Terry Frank, owner of No Place Like Home, said his store is carrying fun Christmas and holiday items this year, including unique ornaments and plenty of kitchen goods for holiday entertaining.

He said shoppers can purchase gift certificates for cooking classes the store offers twice a week where students can learn how to cook all types of cuisine, including Chinese, Thai, appetizers and various holiday foods. Frank reiterated that he will have a chocolate fountain running throughout the festival, including different appetizers, a visit from Santa Claus between 5 and 6 p.m. and a Christmas tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. He said his staff will also give little trinkets and prizes to the kids. He hopes Parkites will take advantage of the local shops for the holidays.

"We just hope to get the local people out to support the NoMa district and try to improve the walkability with the bond that just passed," Frank said.

Boland said her store carries a lot of holiday furniture for preparing those holiday family feasts, including dining room tables and holiday decorations.

"We have an incredible selection of Santas fun whimsical, stuffed Santas," Boland said of the Right at Home store. "We always have a lot of great furniture furniture and home accessories. We are 70 percent consignment because we get great [local] things, we live in a great area for that."

Boland also mentioned that the Julie Nester Gallery will be offering free face painting for the kids while parents shop.

She said people can also dine in the North Main District, at the Windy Ridge Café or eat soup and sandwiches at Fair Weather Natural Foods.

"Because the day after Thanksgiving is the biggest holiday shopping day of year, a lot of [people] go to the malls," Boland said. "But I think it’s kind of fun to stay local and it certainly has been over the last few years."

Don’t miss Santa and the big Christmas tree lighting at the North of Main District third annual First NoMel this Friday, Nov. 23, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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