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Completing that Holiday Wish List with a Local Twist
Supporting local shops and restaurants in your hometown has never been easier.
Think you can’t find gifts for everyone on your holiday list and support local? The Scranton Tomorrow team headed to the streets (and websites) of retailers and restaurants in Downtown Scranton with this mission in mind. We’re pleased to report — it can be done! With more shopping and dining options than ever before (in-person, virtual appointments, curbside pickup, online, and delivery), it’s never been more convenient to support local. Here are few ideas to help you work your way down that list.
A little something for the foodies
Whether someone on your list enjoys cooking, baking, or well…eating, there are great gift options in Downtown Scranton. Book a virtual cooking or baking class with the Vintage Kitchen. Bundle gift cards from dozens of restaurants in the business district. You can even build a gift basket full of gourmet goodies from specialty shops such as Thai Rak Thai Mini Store.
Get that Downtown look.
From trendy to classic style, Downtown Scranton is home to plenty of cool shops and boutiques. You’ll find it all from clothing to accessories to fine jewelry. And, in many cases, you don’t have to even visit the store to shop.
Pick something up for the trendsetters on your list at the Daisy Collective, or Freedlove. Shop the latest styles at L’Erin Boutique and New Laundry. Look for hard-to-find items at adorable shops like Rain Tree, or The Pink Pedal. And, make that last minute fashion stop at Runway Boutique, or Burlap & Bourbon.
Accessorize with handbags, scarves, costume jewelry, and eyewear at Duffy Accessories, or Amendolaro. Find that perfect pair of frames at Tom Grudis & The Bare Essentials. For fine jewelry and watches, visit Boccardo Jewelers, Duffy Jewelers, N.B. Levy, and Ross Jewelers. And the best part: if you need help, just ask. One of the perks of shopping local is the personalized service they offer.
Some simply deserve to be pampered.
Some on your list may just be the type to always think of others first. Dish out a little well-deserved self-care with gift certificates or products from Downtown Scranton’s salons and spas. Check out Alexander’s Salon & Spa, or The Color Bar Salon for that relaxing day at the spa. Treat the boys on your list to their own bit of pampering at classic barbershops like Guy’s, Loyalty, Mackrell’s or Headhunters Haircutting. Plan out salon stops in advance with gift cards from Lavish Body & Home, The Mane Room, Mazza Capelli & Disegni, or RD Salon & Blow Dry Bar.
Great gifts for the art lover in all of us.
Grab those hard-to-find art supplies for the artists on your list at Marquis Art & Frame. They even feature a section on their website devoted to “Gifts for Artists and Art Lovers.” Find something for the crafty kiddo at The Art Room Creative Space. Support local artists by giving the gift of local art. Check out local artwork at The Workshop, or hand-crafted items from Tammy’s Stained Glass Treasures.
Games, books, music and gifts for staying comfy at home.
Comics on the Green is your go-to for all thing’s comics, superheroes, action figures, graphic novels and more. Make your way to Embassy Vinyl for vintage records, CDs, movies and classic video games. And, for those one-of-a-kind finds, you have to check out D&D’s Collectables.
Pick something up for the bookworms at the Library Express Bookstore in the Marketplace at Steamtown. Yes, you can borrow and buy books there! They have it all from children’s hardcovers and cookbooks to classics and best sellers. You’ll also find books, apparel and gift items at The University of Scranton Bookstore.
Grab something for those who like to get comfy at Over the Moon Gift Shop. They carry a wide selection of holiday mugs, luscious throws and blankets, scented candles, pjs and loungewear. You’ll even find the most adorable fur hats for the little ones.
Shop for holiday gifts and boost local business.
We hope these suggestions inspire you to boost the economy in your hometown by supporting local. It’s easy, fun, and this year, it’s more meaningful to the small business community than ever. Find links to these businesses and more by visiting Scranton Tomorrow’s Downtown Shopping Guide, and Downtown Dining Guide. For more updates, be sure follow us on Facebook. Happy Holidays!