More on Shopping LocallyMon Dec 17, 2012 Miss Vicky
I went into Collected Works the other day, to see if I could cross off a few items on my holiday shopping list. There's still quite a lot left there, so if you need books, or nice notebooks, or cards, drop by and check it out. Cash is preferred; it saves them the processing fees.
But while you're at it, why not try and do all of your holiday shopping in the 'hood? Our small, local businesses are a huge part of what makes this community vibrant, and if we want to keep it that way, we need to keep them in business. So during a season like this, when we're spending money, let's all try and do that spending at some of our favourite shops.
So here's a little holiday shopping guide from Miss Vicky. And feel free to post your own ideas in the comments below.
There are a few shops where Miss Vicky is bound to find unique gifts for a few of the unique people on her list. Heavens To Betsy is probably my favourite - lots of nifty bags, jewellery, soaps and bath stuff, glassware, small toys, home decor, hats and mitts and plenty more. Also wonderful holiday decorations. Great place for teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, and the occasional amusing and slightly inappropriate gag gift. Check out Denise's amazing handmade aprons - they are fabulous.
Assorted knick knacks, art pieces, garden decor, ornaments, jewellery and of course those fabulous pencil-headed reindeer can be found at Ravensara, between Parkdale and Holland. I'm not sure if they still have the hand-knitted finger puppets (have not been in yet this season), but it is worth stepping in and checking it out.
For the dude on your list, I'd recommend Fabgear 64 - rockin' shirts of the Hawaiian or bowling variety, as well as more dressy fare. I've also bought cool ties, hats and t-shirts there. They've expanded to include a vintage-inspired women's line as well. And there are Hawaiian shirts for wee folk - not sure if they come with their own Magnum PI mustaches. Pair your Fabgear gift with some vintage vinyl from the Record Centre across the street.
If you're looking for women's clothing, there are some fabulous options. Check out local designers and amazing fibre mavens Twiss and Weber for some amazing designs - and also really nifty and affordable DIY kits. Or consider a gift certificate for one of our workshops, if you've got a would-be designer in the house.
Miss Vicky has made some fantastic (and flattering) finds at Flock Boutique, which features local and Canadian designers, as well as amazing crafty items including bags, mitts, scarves, jewellery, stuffed creations, kids' clothing, and plenty more. If you missed the local craft shows, you might find some of your favourite artisans' work here.
Clothes, by Muriel Dombret, is also a Miss Vicky favourite, especially for work clothing. Her suits are to die for. But she's also got shoes, scarves, bags and jewellery. Give someone special a gift certificate and she can have the clothing tailored just for her. Classic, flattering styles that wear for years. Seriously.
And do not miss the amazing footwear at Max's Footwear Boutique and Cobbler. Get your keys cut, your heels repaired AND pick up some amazing boots while you're at it.
For the travellers, hikers and geography buffs, World of Maps is a must. Great books, maps, globes and guides. I must admit this is one of the stores I want to keep in business for a while longer - I just love that place. So go buy something!
Lots of good options for kids stuff - Extraordinary Baby Shoppe has some great toys as well as cloth diapers and accessories for the eco-minded parent. You can also get some nice natural toys as well as clothing at Peekaboo Toys, Red Chair Kids, ChickPea kids and Fab Baby Gear. Lulu & Coco, over by the Parkdale Market on Armstrong, has some very cute, locally-made creations. She does custom work as well - worth checking out.
Hintonburg also has a pottery shop, on Hinton near Armstrong where Credible Edibles is also located. You can get all kinds of stuff made by local artisans. (Pssst someone needs to tell the Webgeek that Miss Vicky could use a new coffee mug to replace the one busted by wee ones not too long ago).
OK, this post is already getting kind of long. I haven't even scratched the surface, have I? I haven't talked about Flowers at blumenstudio, Flowers Talk, Wild Willy's or Ottawa Blooms, Skin care products at Oresta.... and art! Check out the great shows featuring small, affordable pieces at Cube Gallery, Cyclelogik, Orange and the fantastic Pop-Up Gallery on Holland (which also carries Andrew King's Ottawa vintage sign t-shirts).
If you've got foodies in your life, consider a gift certificate from one of the strip's many fine establishments, a growler or two from our new brewery, Beyond the Pale (so tasty!) a cooking class at the Urban Element.
Good luck with crossing off your lists, everyone!