The following is from the Maplewood Village Alliance

The Maplewood Village Alliance proudly announces a new promotional event, Shop and Stroll! This fun promotion kicks off the holiday shopping season in Maplewood Village.

Shop and Stroll will take place Thursday, November 17, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and participating businesses (there are 30 of them!) will extend their hours to accommodate the promotion.

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Patrons are invited to stroll the Village streets and see what the merchants have in store for them. There will be trunk shows, treats, drinks, door prizes, free gifts, great sales, and more. The event also provides an opportunity to preview upcoming seasonal merchandise and menu items, and there are lots to be previewed.

Additionally, patrons are invited to stop by St. James's Gate between 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. for a chance to win one of several prizes sponsored by Village merchants. Show us your receipts from the evening and for every receipt you have, you receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win. Shop to Win! Winners will be announced around 9 p.m., and entrants need not be present to win.

"There is nowhere more charming to shop during the holidays than Maplewood Village, so we've added an event early in the season to showcase our wonderful shops, fabulous restaurants and their seasonal merchandise and menu items. It’s also a reminder to Shop Local, since there’s no better way to shop" said Julie Doran, Manager of the Maplewood Village Alliance. "We hope everyone will grab a friend or two, do some holiday shopping and make a night of it on November 17."

For more information, including a list of participating merchants, visit: www.MaplewoodVillageNJ.com.