- Published on Monday, 13 January 2014 15:41
- Written by Olivia Coomer
Still have those last minute Christmas gifts to pick up? Why not check out our local businesses for your holiday needs. For every one hundred dollars spent at a national chain, a mere forty three dollars is put back into the community. However, shopping at independently owned businesses, sixty eight dollars is recycled back to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. Shopping locally not only adds character to your community, it also provides you with a variety of unique products. These products are not based on national sale plans, but on the personal interest and needs of their local customers.
If the gift you are looking for is an enjoyable dinner, try picking up a gift card from one of the local restaurants. For a romantic atmosphere, Bella Italia on Spanish has the perfect ambience. Serving foods from pizzas, to panini's, to pastas, with a variety of wines to compliment the dish. If you're looking for live music and barbecue, Port Cape offers live entertainment and slow smoked barbecue. To add a little spice to Christmas, Broussard's Cajun Cuisine is your gift card stop! Crawfish, crab legs, and jambalaya are just a few of their soulful entrees. All restaurants have the comparable price of ten to twenty dollars a plate. Not only will you be giving a gift of great foods, but the local staff create a homey feel for an enjoyable evening.
When food just won't do, you can visit one of many local businesses and and boutiques and find that sentimental gift for the person you're shopping for. Annie Laurie's Antiques will cross of several things on your list. Pendants, ready to wear spoon rings, and customized rings are all offered at different price points from $15 to $65, fitting great into any budget. Throughout the store, you can also find many treasures for anyone on your list. Make sure to stop in for her thirty percent off Christmas decor sale! Another shopping hot spot, Renaissance carries the collectible Sid Dickens memory boxes, among other gifts. The memory boxes are a collection of memories of Sid Dickens and only two collections are released a year. Prices start at ninety dollars and increase as the collection is retired. There are many fun and creative ways to use this collection for art decor. To get your holiday scent on, candles from Annie Em's at Home located on Main are a great idea. They carry Frasier Fir aromatic candles and scent diffusers, a fragrance that will fill your room with the smell of fresh pine on a Christmas morning without emptying your wallet. You can also pick up elaborate table decor, jewelry, and hand bags, while shopping among the fresh smell of their essential oil candles and soaps.
There are plenty of gifts out there for men as well. Arena golf is a great location for recreational gifts. A few buckets of balls at the driving range would be a great gift for him to practice on his swing, or a round or two on the mini golf course to keep his short game up to par. The batting cage is great for all ages to get out and hit a few home runs! Inside the store you can find anything from golfing accessories to attire. Shivelbines gives the gift that keeps on giving to those music lovers, from horns, to percussions, to keyboards, and more. A few lessons would be the perfect gift for those aspiring musicians. Menswear and accessories can be found at Garber's. As they say " From suits to jeans and everything in between, we'll get you dressed for any occasion." . So whether it be recreational, vintage treasures, or a stylish boutique, shopping local offers a wide variety of gift ideas.