Gift giving is, at the best of times, fraught with pitfalls. The choice is always clear: local shops or mega stores.
When it comes to shopping we all have mixed emotions. Sure, we all love it. We all, when time becomes short, hate it.
There are many reasons to shop local. But the biggest reason is fun. Shopping with neighbors is more enjoyable on every level. Sure, you can have a pleasant experience at a mega-store. However, as they say in golf, that is a low-percentage shot.
We can’t say it enough. The shops in our local business directory have many advantages, from expertise to financial benefits but when it comes right down to it, they are engaged. Engaged in their product, engaged in their clients, and engaged in their community. From the moment the bell rings on the door to the second you leave with a bag, you are valued.
No matter what type of impression you want to make, taking your business local will pay off. More importantly, you stand a good chance of leaving in a better mood than when you walked in.
Value, service, fun. Find a chain store that offers all of that.
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No matter if you are from the region, visited the region, or just want to sport a great shirt that says “Hit Somebody”, these shops are ready to help. From our local sporting teams to crafters, artisans, and printers, these shops will help you sport our local pride!
Local florists may be one of the best options for gift giving around. Of course, they specialize in fresh flowers and arrangements, perfect for host/hostess gifts or simply to brighten up your home or office. However, hidden away in these amazing shops are an uncanny…well bouquet…of other gift options including plants, cards, ornaments, jewelry, clothing, and tableware, just to name a few. They are worth exploring!
Chocolates, Candies, Sweets, and Nuts
What are the holidays without something sweet? Even the most strict of lifestyle coaches will turn a blind eye to some indulgence during the holidays. Our area has a great number of chocolatiers, confectionaries, bakers, and other sweet purveyors. Forget the mail order or stale mega mart boxes. This is a great way of showing local pride.
Coffee, Teas, and Coffee Shops
Say what you will about the Pacific Northwest and its so-called coffee culture, here along the western shores of Lake Erie we have a rich group of caffinators as well. Along with great tea shops and coffee shops that support their local roasters, check out these local coffee and tea specialists.
Wineries and Breweries
Nothing shows local pride like buying your holiday cheer locally. Starting right after Thanksgiving and lasting right through Valentine’s Day, our local vintners and brewers are helping us celebrate special moments.
Forget the holidays. They are helping us celebrate life! These are some of the best gifts around.
Games, Hobbies, and Electronics
Toys. Big kid toys. That is what the holidays are about…or at least should be. Movies, games, hobbies, and crafts all make up an essential part of time away from work and responsibility. Plus, if you have kids, it is never too early to introduce them to your favorite hobby or craft.
These local stores have great options, many used but still ready to plug in and/or play. Plus, as a hobbyist, gamer, or crafter, going to a local story is a great way to meet your tribe!
Comics, Books, and Records
Everything about this category of gifts is fun. No matter if you are the highest-quality literature aficionado or love a good old-school romance novel, local bibliophiles and used dealers are here to help you find the perfect distraction.
Add in a great selection of records plus comics and graphic novels and these local merchants will ensure that you can get gifts that last well beyond the initial reveal, well into winter, and beyond.