Sometimes you have to leave the beaten shopping path to find truly unique holiday gifts. The area has many gift shops that feature items related to the venue as well as the unexpected. The next couple of pages detail the offerings of seven local favorites to try.
One-of-a-kind beads can be picked for what they represent to the buyer. Linda Gurganus remembers the day she saw her first Trollbead. It was a November day in 2006, said the owner of Mr. Hyde’s Leather, when a customer came in wearing a single bead on a necklace.
If one dessert exemplifies autumn and the holiday season, it’s pie. And whether it’s pumpkin, peanut butter or pecan, our love of this humble creation is deeply rooted in family tastes and tradition, especially on special occasions.
Plan to be fashion-forward this fall? Then don’t forget to dress those legs, girls. And guys. Yes, stylish socks are all the rage for women and increasingly for men as well. Jennifer Mastroianni shows us some fall favorites.
Helping humanity. Touching others. Enriching our own lives. These are worthy goals and outgrowths of giving to others. But how, and to whom, do we give? These books — instructional, inspirational and even fictional — help guide us in our generous journey.