Shoppers enjoy the Christmas Extravaganza that is Carolyn's Creations. Every year Carolyn's Creations, a Local Business on Brink Road in Emporia, is transformed into a Winter Wonderland.
With all the hype about Black Friday Door Busters and all night hours at the Big Box Retailers, it is easy to see that Thanksgiving, a uniquely American Holiday, has been relegated to the back burner. Thanksgiving is rapidly becoming less of a Feast with the family, and more of a a day to spend money buying more stuff.
Small Business Saturday is the perfect way to spend time with your family and avoid the headaches of shopping on Black Friday.
The first Small Business Saturday was in 2010, and was started by American Express. The entire point Small business Saturday is to encourage people to shop at Locally Owned Brick and Mortar Businesses. Small Businesses are the lifeblood of any local economy, and even the financial giant American Express recognizes that.
Even in a locality as small and Emporia-Greensville, you have many opportunities to save your sanity and Shop Small.
Carolyn's Creations, 1363 Brink Road, has an amazing selection of unique gifts and Christmas Decorations. This weekend, Carolyn is offering 20% off storewide, making Saturday the perfect opportunity to find truly thoughtful gifts like Jim Shore ornaments, Tervis Tumblers, Jewelry, and a ton of other one of a kind things for the home. If you have not yet decorated and need a tree, Carolyn has you covered there, too. There are trees, wreaths, garlands, swags and every imaginable kind of decoration and floral pick. This might be a good year to start a new tradition and start your loved ones a collection of dated Jim Shore ornaments or Christmas themed Salt and Pepper Shakers.
Someone in your life dropping hints, subtle or otherwise, that it is finally time for a new lawn mower or chain saw? Stop by Farm and Lawn Service, 700 North Main Street, and check out their line of Husqvarna tools. Beat the spring rush and get Dad that new String Trimmer or Leaf Blower for Chrstmas.
Paws and Purrs, 332 South Main Street, offers grooming, but also has a great selection of accessories and treats for the pet lover in your life. Consider a Gift card for some Pet Spa Services, or maybe it's time for a snazzy new leash and collar set for your Mom's favorite child (and yes, the dog always outranks the two legged children), help her spoil her dog and she will think of you every time that pink, rhinestone-studded leash is used for a walk.
Marketplace Signs and Apparel, 317 West Atlantic Street, is chock-full of all manner of personalize-able items. Who on your gift list couldn't use a canvass tote with their name on it for the beach, of a new baseball cap with their favorite catch phrase embroidered on it. An personalized apron might be the perfect gift for the person cooking your Christmas Dinner. There really is too much to list here, be sure to check it out.
White's Family Shoes, 212 East Cloverleaf Drive, has an impressive selection of shoes, you are bound to find the perfect pair for just about anybony on your list. With winter on the way, who wouldn't want a new pair of UGG Boots or some new Timberlands? Kids need some new shoes for school, stop on by White's Family Shoes and pick them up a pair. Maybe Mom would like some new pink walking shoes to go with that leash you got her?
Speaking of Mom, or your spouse, siblings or children, stop by one of the locally owned salons and get them a gift card for some pamper time. What Mom doesn't like a Manny/Peddy to help sooth her during this frantic season?
Don't forget about CJ's Furniture and Pawn Shop, 308 South Main Street or Jim's Pawn Shop, 400 South Main Street. Pawn Shops are great sources for gifts for the entire family, electronics, tools, jewelry, firearms, and both shops have furniture. Jim's Pawn Shop now carries Ashley Furniture, and can easily order something special.
Emporia also has several consignment shops, full of unique offerings, Lora's A-Z Consignments, 413 Halifax Street and Twice Told Tales & Treasures, 327 Halifax Street, are both overflowing with something for everyone.
Photographs make the perfect gift for grandparents (and most other relatives, too). What grandparent would not love a framed portrait from Clement Mayes Photography and Picture Perfect Custom Framing, 401 Halifax Street?
Is there a better Christmas Gift than Food? Stop by Franken Stube, 605 West Atlantic Street, and grab gift certificates for the foodies in your life.
What gift sends a taste of home to your out of town loved one better than anything from the Good Earth Peanut Company, 5334 Skippers Road, Skippers? From a tin of Roasted Salted Peanuts to Gourmet Trail Mix or Bourbon Praline Pecans and Good Earth Natural Peanut Butter, the selection of addictive goodies is mind-boggling. In addition to Nuts, they also have Peanut Brittle, Chocolate Covered Peanut Brittle, Jams, Jellies, Fruit Butters, and a selection of Gift Assortments perfect for nearly everyone on your list.
For the young athlete on your list, stop by Top Hand Sports, 119 North Main Street. You can sign your basketball fan up for their upcoming Basketball Clinic at the YMCA on December 5th, or purchase lessons and batting cage time. Top Hand now offers Jui Jitsu Classes as well, including the Jui Jitsu Bully Proof Program for ages 5-9 and a Jui Jitsu Self Defense Program for ages 10-13.
With all of the great food from Thanksgiving to Christmas, is it any wonder that so many people make a resolution to be healthier? For that person in your life that wants to start, or continue, a fitness regime, a gift membership to Build a Body Fitness, and some time with Master Personal Trainer Ken Mabrey, both at 527 North Main Street, would then keep their resolution. Individual memberships are $20 per month and couples are $35. Additional fees apply for Mr. Mabrey's services as a Personal Trainer.
So, ask yourself if it is worth the drive to the mall or big box store when you can spend a beautiful Friday (it is supposed to be 65 degrees) with your family and friends? Instead of fighting for parking, you can sleep in, play some tough football or kickball with the kids, eat some leftovers and relax. When it cools off in the evening, make a big Turkey Pot Pie or just reheat the leftovers and pull out the Monopoly board and be a tycoon for the evening. If you just cannot eat anymore turkey, have Lunch or Dinner, and maybe a Margarita or Cerveza at Pueblo Viejo Mexican Restaurant and Grill, 103 B East Cloverleaf Drive.