Lo­cal shops pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for find­ing unique gifts

The Weekly Vista - - Community - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Bella Vista res­i­dents who want to shop lo­cally have a few choices this Christ­mas sea­son, but they may have to look for them.

Jew­elry is a pop­u­lar Christ­mas gift, and Ashley Lin­den of Lin­den Jew­elry is hop­ing to make shop­ping eas­ier for her cus­tomers. Be­sides hav­ing some items on sale, Lin­den of­fers her cus­tomers the chance to make up a wish list so that hus­bands or other shop­pers know ex­actly what to buy.

Lin­den said her shop stays busy year round, but De­cem­ber is al­ways a good month. She added a few items at a lower price point for the sea­son.

“It’s a fun job,” she said. Next year will be 10 years for the busi­ness, she added.

At the other end of the shop­ping cen­ter, The Blue­bird Shed has lots of gifts for bird lovers. Owner Butcher Tet­zlaff said he’s sold every­thing from heated bird­baths to Christ­mas or­na­ments to be given away this year. One item that’s been pop­u­lar is wel­come mats that can be cus­tom­ized for the sea­son. Sev­eral dif­fer­ent mats can be fit into the tray and changed with the sea­son. He also has wreaths made out of bird­seed so both birds and bird-watch­ers can en­joy them.

At Au­drey’s Re­sale Bou­tique, gift op­por­tu­ni­ties range from brand­new scarves and jew­elry to gently-used mink coats and fur­ni­ture. The shop, which is run by a non­profit, sells both house­hold goods and cloth­ing.

Man­ager Kristy Danna also stocks some craft items made by lo­cal crafts­man, in­clud­ing book cutouts, and Christ­mas Or­na­ments. The store is in the High­land’s Plaza.

Spry Girls Bou­tique has many tra­di­tional gifts in­clud­ing cloth­ing, shoes, ac­ces­sories and even food. Owner Lisa Spry said this is her first Christ­mas in her lo­ca­tion across from Sugar Creek Cen­ter, but she had a sim­i­lar busi­ness in Eureka Springs for years.

She has sev­eral Christ­mas spe­cials go­ing on, she said. A line of jams and jel­lies have been pop­u­lar, she said.

“For the biker who has every­thing, we al­ways have one more thing,” Seth Ja­cobs, the man­ager of GPP Cy­cling said. His shop in Sugar Creek Cen­ter has all kinds of bikes for ev­ery­one 4 years old and up. For se­ri­ous bik­ers, ac­ces­sories like gloves and wa­ter bot­tles make great stock­ing stuffers, he said.

The shop — lo­cated close to both moun­tain bike trails and the Ra­zor­back Green­way — is run­ning spe­cials on head­lights, kids’ bikes and ap­parel.

The Car­riage Trade is lo­cated about a mile from 71B on Old­ham Drive. Owner Michelle Chiocco makes and sells soaps and other per­sonal care prod­ucts. She has both a ladies’ line and a men’s line that in­cludes beard but­ter. She can also cus­tomize scents for many of her prod­ucts.

For naughty boys and girls, she of­fers lump-of-coal soap this Christ­mas to help them clean up their act.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

Bird watch­ers have the per­fect place to buy Christ­mas gifts at The Blue­bird Shed in Vil­lage Cen­ter.

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