Shop, shop, shop

Published 10:37 pm Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Brenda Wright, owner of Shooting Star Gallery, plays one of the retro pinball machines on display at her downtown gallery. It is one of several locations holding open houses or craft fairs this weekend.

There will be a plethora of options for shopping local for the holidays in Suffolk this weekend.

With the Downtown Suffolk Holiday Open House and several craft fairs going on, residents will have a number of places to pick up gifts and cross names off their lists.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, downtown businesses, including retail shops and restaurants, will have special discounts and events during the open house.


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At the Shooting Star Gallery, six restored pinball machines will be on display for guests to play free of charge.

The gallery also is selling a multitude of retro toys during the event.

“It’s a chance to get some really cool stuff,” said Brenda Wright, the owner of Shooting Star.

Wright said this is the first time she has ever had something like these machines on display in the gallery, but she thinks they are amazing.

“They are just fun to play,” Wright said. “I don’t think anything like this has been done before (in Suffolk).”

The pinball machines are from the personal collection of Phil Stenstrum, an electrical engineer who lives in Suffolk and collects and restores pinball machines as a hobby.

The machines, which have a variety of themes, including “The Addams Family,” “Eight Ball,” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” are from different time periods.

The oldest machine, “Apollo,” was made in 1967, and the newest is “Star Trek,” which was manufactured in 1993.

All of the pinball machines, except one, are for sale, and they range in price from $1,400 to $4,000.

There also will be specials at other downtown shops and restaurants, such as Embroidery, Etc., outRAGEous Tea Room and UniquelyLeo’s, during the open house this weekend.

In addition to the downtown open house, there are craft fairs taking place in both Chuckatuck and Eclipse on Saturday.

The Eclipse Extravaganza, held this year for the sixth time, will take place at the C.E.&H. Ruritan Club hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature a variety of crafts and handmade goods, such as jewelry, paintings and candies.

Additionally on Saturday, there will be a holiday bazaar at the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A variety of vendors will sell crafts and other goods at the bazaar, and there will be a special booth where a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Chuckatuck Volunteer Fire Department.

If you can’t make it out this weekend for shopping, the Driver Elementary School PTA is offering another opportunity.

The PTA is sponsoring a holiday arts and crafts bazaar on Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit for the Downtown Suffolk Holiday Open House, contact 255-7303 for the Chuckatuck event or call Dawn Nobles at 646-5973 for the Driver PTA fair.