By Published On: December 13, 2023Categories: Business Profiles, Holidays, The Arts

Story By Hannah Goldfinger

Photos Contributed By By Jae Shields 


Glynn Smith Chevrolet GMC is hosting its first-ever Christmas market this season on Dec. 2.

Jae Shields is coordinating the event for Glynn Smith, and this is not her first rodeo.

“I’m the behind-the-scenes host,” she said. “Basically, what we’re doing is we’re going to do a Merry Market which is like Christmas everything.”

There will be more than 80 vendors at the market, with products appealing to men, women and children. 

“A lot of these market shows that you go to, there’s never anything for the men, which is a given because a lot of men just aren’t interested in coming to stuff like that,” Shields said. “But we have a few man-made businesses coming that do like knives, things like that, hats, belts, different stuff like that that make the whole family want to come out.”

There will be activities for the children, like bouncy houses and face painting, plus food trucks and live music.

Santa will also make an appearance.

“Everything is a local-owned business,” she said. “… It benefits, not only everybody having something to do on a Saturday but every small business.”

The businesses hail from The Plains, the city of Opelika and even Columbus and Phenix City.

The event was announced in mid-September but Glynn Smith has been working on it since July. 

Can you say, ‘Christmas In July’?

Shields, who is a boutique owner herself, has planned other events like this one in the past. 

“I’ve hosted events through my boutique but this is our first one that we will be holding through Glynn Smith,” Shields said.

Glynn Smith typically holds a family day each year, but for 2023 wanted to branch out and do something different, especially since things are returning to normal following COVID, Shields said.

Glynn Smith has been a very easy business to work with, she said, especially with connections to other small businesses to potentially participate in the market. 

This will be Shields’ second year of hosting these markets. 

“The fact that all small businesses are together is a big thing and everybody from town comes out for them,” she said. 

Of course, there are difficulties with planning these markets. 

Who is to say that it won’t rain on Dec. 2?

“You just kind of have to figure it out and do what you can,” Shields said. “It’s different stuff like that but overall, once the day happens, it’s all worth it.”

There are all kinds of vendors who will come and set up. 

“Not only is it just like a fun-filled day like I said, but you get to meet and learn about businesses that you didn’t know about,” she said. “And there’s a lot more people that own businesses that you didn’t know until you meet them.”

Shields said that people will be out shopping at one of the markets and come across a photographer they’d like to book for their wedding. Or someone who makes custom signs, perhaps.

“You find people new that you never knew that live ten minutes down the road from you that have a business,” Shields said. 

The Merry Market will take place at Glynn Smith Chevrolet (600 Columbus Parkway Opelika) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CST.

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