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Editorial: For the best shopping experience, think ‘small’




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Stuck between the Black Friday shopping frenzy and Cyber Monday now is Small Business Saturday. The idea has slowly been gaining acceptance.

While it’s great to have a Small Business Day, I really don’t see it catching on in a big way. First of all, it is a single day and shopping locally may require more time than running into a big box store where everything is under one roof. Not that this is a negative. Shopping locally can be a rewarding experience all its own. It just takes a bit of time and planning to make it successful.

The Wilson County News helps by organizing “Shopping in the Country,” with a full page of ads and a map for planning your trip. Whether you start out from San Antonio and work your way down to Nixon and Yorktown or go in the opposite direction, planning a day of shopping in the country can be truly rewarding, even meeting old friends and making new ones.

It’s fun visiting the various shops, especially those that make shopping in a small town an experience worth driving for. Sisters in Floresville and Maison Chic and Primrose Cottage Boutique in Yorktown are two shops that you won’t want to miss, even if just for the experience of being “greeted and treated” as you shop!

Rhew Orchard House is open seasonally and, over the years, has expanded from peaches and pecans to offer pies, cobblers, jams, jellies, and cookies, and now, lavender body products.

Main Drug Co. and Gift Shop is always worth the trip. They have an amazing assortment of gifts and accessories, and offer top-notch customer service as well. They promise a pleasant shopping experience in Nixon. On the other end of the spectrum is Ful-O-Pep Ranch & Home Center on Hwy. 87 in San Antonio. It is so-o-o much more than a “feed store” -- truly a place to visit!

A new addition this year is the Mesquite Bean Gift Shop in La Vernia, which boasts fun gifts “made in the USA!” It is slightly hidden behind the H-E-B, so don’t miss it! Enjoy lunch while you shop.

Look for Country Lane Resale on U.S. 181, two miles past 1604 in the “hot pink house” on the right going toward San Antonio. Or head out toward Pleasanton and visit Alexandra’s Gift Shop & Antiques on North Main. Alexandra’s also is adding vendors, so you might want to check that out. Still in Pleasanton, Nest Feathers is the place for fine antiques and art, candles, crosses, and gifts for everyone from baby to the collegiates in your family.

Trendy Treasures next to McDonald’s in Floresville has a huge selection of purses, knickknacks, wall décor including Western art, ornaments, and gifts. Something for everyone on your list. At friends & Co., don’t forget to register for a $100 gift certificate while you shop for home accents and check out their new line of clothing. The Tractor City Country Store has those collectible John Deere toys for all the good little girls and boys, or even a full-size “toy” for the grownup on your list.

New in Floresville is Dress UR Kids in the Bleu Casa Village. It’s a good place to shop for fun stuff and some good buys on clothing and accessories for children, teens, and adults. Check it out!

Of course, for great stocking stuffers, don’t overlook the Wilson County News for gift subscriptions, CDs, books by local authors, and locally grown honey and pecans.

And, lest all this shopping does you in, Riata Finance is here for that holiday loan. They are in the shopping strip on U.S. 181.

Happy shopping. Think “small”!
 

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