This weekend, WILLow LeaVes of Hope is ushering in the holiday season with the kickoff of their Seventh Annual Christmas Open House beginning at 11 a.m. Friday.

“We hope that we are the beginning of Hope residents’ start of Christmas,” says Vicki Tedder, co-owner of the WILLow LeaVes of Hope. “I think this year is going to be huge. People are ready to feel normal and I feel like we are going to be blessed.”

As in years’ prior, Friday’s 11 a.m. opening will feature door prizes and a plethora of holiday-themed goodies, including a host of Nativities, ornaments and all things holiday, Tedder says.

“We always do door prizes, of course,” Tedder says. “We will have some specials running, like our ornaments will be 20 percent off. We will have four to six items also that we are offering at a big discount.”

Those who may be unable to make it to the opening Friday need not worry as the open house and its specials will carry over into Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tedder adds.

Lunch and dinner specials those two days will feature WILLow LeaVes’ popular chicken and noodles, as well as other customer favorites, including biscuits and gravy and keish.

The holiday open house also heralds the debut of WILLow LeaVes coffee bar that will officially open at 7 a.m. Monday morning, Tedder says.

Several coffee incarnations and varieties have consistently remained popular among visitors, including iced and flavored coffees, Tedder says, so the ladies are taking it to the next level.

“We will begin opening at 7 a.m. for coffee,” Tedder says.

However, their coffee mission offers more than just a caffeine-powered boost for a good morning.

In addition to ordering at the counter as they traditionally do, customers can also opt to utilize a self-serve coffee station that is set up with a diverse range of specialty coffees, Tedder says, including popular flavors such as white chocolate mocha and pumpkin spice.

“We have a whole slew of coffee flavors,” Tedder says. “We have offered iced coffee for a while now.”

A portion of the proceeds from self-serve coffee sales will be donated to an area nonprofit with a different organization featured each month.

For the month of November, the recipient will be HSJ Online, Tedder says, and, in December, the featured nonprofit will be Blue Tassel Farm, a Christian-based outreach program that benefits inner city youth and other at-risk populations.

“We hope we are the start of area residents’ Christmas shopping experience and start the season off,” Tedder says. “We are just a small town and we are passing on things that make us feel good.”