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November, 2021

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By Eileen Mozinski Schmidt Special to Waukesha County Home As the weather cools and the holidays approach, many are ready to begin decking the halls for upcoming festivities. Although supply chain issues have been mak- ing headlines, one area small business owner said her store has not had difficulties in procur- ing products for the holidays. "We've had our things for months already. We will be fully stocked," said Debbie Slais, owner of Over the Moon Gifts in West Bend. Recent supply chain problems "mostly per- tain to the big box stores," Slais said. But the patterns of large retailers do have rip- ple effects in terms of seasonal displays at local businesses, according to Slais, who switched over to holiday products at the start of Novem- ber like the bigger stores do. "It's not because we want to keep fall out," she said of the fall season, and noting that con- sumer opinion tends to vary on when to start the holiday shopping season. "The larger box stores kind of force the little C O N T E N T S Installing windows in the cold explained Firelogs or real wood best for environment? Remodeling to make the most of your home A publication of the Waukesha Freeman and Oconomowoc Enterprise • November 2021 Cooler weather, warmer colors See HOLIDAY DECOR/Page 2 Tips and trends from decor experts for holiday season Photo courtesy of Over the Moon It's beginning to look more like the winter holidays in every store you go, even with a supply-chain shortage sweeping the nation. Snowflakes in a red hue on goblets reflect the use of warmer colors.

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