Poppy dresses fight Christmas creep, honour Remembrance Day
St. John's and Mount Pearl stores using thousands of poppies to mark November 11
Two stores in St. John's and Mount Pearl are getting 'dressed up' for Remembrance Day.
They say they want to respect the November 11 ceremonies and the people they honour.
Jewelry store Whink on Water Street has banned Christmas merchandise until after Remembrance Day for the past three years.
You know what? This is politically incorrect.- Kim Paddon
"Typically with retail, Christmas, it always gets pushed earlier and earlier every year," said Whink's owner, Kim Paddon.
She believes it's disrespectful to start celebrating the "festive season" before Remembrance Day is done.
Every year the store makes a donation to the Royal Canadian Legion and buys hundreds of poppies.
This year Whink combined the poppies with maple leaves and packing paper to make two elegant dresses.
She said the reaction from clients has been completely positive.
Paddon said she doesn't have a problem with Christmas but she believes there'll be plenty of time to celebrate it later.
Bridal boutique remembers too
Ever After Bridal Boutique in Mount Pearl is also marking Remembrance Day with a full-length gown made of more than 2,000 poppies.
The reaction to the dress has been good. One client even asked to try it on. Corbett-Dawe said the dress they made this year wasn't designed to be worn but she's promising that will change in 2017.