We’ve all heard the news that trying to purchase some gifts this season may or may not arrive in time for the holidays. Nation-wide shortages on all sorts of goods, toys, clothes and electronics have people looking for alternatives. All the more reason to SHOP LOCAL. Our area is loaded with AWESOME locally-owned businesses that sell all sorts of unique gifts you can’t find in traditional name brand stores. Many offer online shopping and even delivery as added incentives.
- It’s great for our community/economic growth
- It instills pride in our area
- Personalized customer service beats talking to an automated system and
- Most importantly you’re showing support for someone who had a dream about starting a business and is seeing it thrive because of people like you!
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As you’re checking off your shopping to-do list, remember there’s a whole slew of local businesses out there that could use your support; especially during the holiday season. (pictured above: Epiphany's Emporium)
Here are a few of our favorites:
Actiontoyman – From the outside this seemingly small corner store is very unassuming but step inside and WOW! BAM! POW! You will be floored by their THREE FLOORS of action figures, comics and collectibles from the 1960’s to today. Every nook and cranny of Actiontoyman is packed with colorful creatures, games and just plain good-old fashioned whimsical items that bring out the kid in all of us. Open Thursday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.
Nature’s Noel at Asbury Woods – This holiday season the Center’s Squeaky Frog is transforming into Nature’s Noel! Featuring over 16 local makers and artisans, Asbury Woods’ Squeaky Frog Gift Shop will extend into the lobby of the Nature Center, showcasing holiday and nature-themed gifts from local artisans. From November 19 through December 31, shop Nature’s Noel Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Beginning December 1, Nature’s Noel will also be open during Winter Wonderland, with additional hours of 5:30 – 8:30 pm. More information and details on featured artisans can be found here.
Hagen History Center Carriage House: Take local history home! The Carriage House Gift Shop located on the Hagen History Center Campus (356 West 6th Street) has glittery baubles and history inspired gifts! Did you know that you don’t need to purchase museum admission to shop? How cool is that?! Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday 12 pm-5 pm.
Grape Discovery Center – Sample, Sip and Shop! Where else can you enjoy a glass of wine while you shop? The Center offers selections from Lake Erie Wine Country’s wineries with tastings available daily. The gift shop offers a large selection of unique grape-themed and non-grape related gift items such as Amish toys, games and rugs, salsas and jams, stained glass window art, collectible Welch’s glasses, jewelry, candy, and more. Puzzled about stocking stuffers? How about grape flavored popcorn, gummy bears, or grape lip balm? There is also a supply of grape pie filling for your holiday baking, with some items available for sampling. Customized gift baskets are offered but must be ordered by December 18 (which is also their last day of the season). Open Thursday, Friday or Saturday from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Harley Davidson of Erie Apparel – It’s not just motorcycles at our local HD store. Their expansive merchandise department features the area’s largest selection of HD clothing, boots, helmets and accessories. It’s definitely worth the ride to check them out! Open Tuesday-Friday 10 am – 6 pm and Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm.
Epiphany’s Emporium & Painted Finch Gallery – Take the short drive down Historic PA Route 6 to beautiful downtown Corry PA and you will find these two gems waiting for you. Epiphany’s features colorful art supplies, craft sodas, shaker boxes, hand bags, hand-tooled leather goods, pillows & rugs, rocks and minerals. The Painted Finch Gallery is a place for talented local and regional artists to showcase their art. Their artists vary from oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings to hand carved sculptures and handcrafted jewelry. Both stores are open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm and Sundays Noon- 4 pm.
Other Unique Shops
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