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Editorial: Naughty or nice, making a list ... and checking it twice!
About politics and other thingsDecember 4, 2013 | 1,299 views | Post a comment
’Tis the season for shopping, overeating, and overspending.
Unfortunately, Christmas for many has become the “Holiday Season” that is little more than a shopping blitz promoted by retailers. It leaves us a little breathless, but if there is a way to avoid the stress of shopping, eating, and other things that have nothing to do with the “reason for the season,” perhaps it is a “Country Christmas.”
Here’s an idea for those who want less stress but still have a shopping list that needs to be completed. Plan a day to shop in the country, save the hectic drive to the mall, fighting traffic, finding a parking space, and battling strangers to get the latest hotly promoted gadget or toy.
Instead, try some “Christmas shopping in the country” with retailers as advertised in the Wilson County News. You still have to drive, but you can avoid the freeways. Instead of fighting strangers, enjoy the neighbors as they are out and about. Be greeted by the friendly clerk who says, “How are you folks doing today?”
Actually, shopping at the mom and pops may require a bit more time and imagination. Instead of getting everyone on your list the most heavily advertised items, try for the unique. Here are some ideas.
You can spend the day traveling in a loop. Begin where you are and go on around from town to town. Try a visit to Girlfriends on U.S. 181 just north of 1604. Discover the gifts and accessories in “the hot pink house!”
Remember, you are in the country, so don’t overlook the feed stores. Ful-O-Pep Ranch and Home Center on Rigsby (Hwy. 87) is a feed store that is delightfully “so much more.” Morales Feed & Supply on U.S. 181 even has a coupon on the Country Shopping page for 10 percent off apparel and accessories. Tractor City Country Store on Hwy. 97 in Floresville has plenty of toys for all the good little girls and boys, as well as big “toys” for the grownup gals and guys!
In St. Hedwig, stop at Double Back Ranch & Collectibles on F.M. 1518 for antiques, jewelry, and much more. Find personalized gifts and custom wall art at Deep South Tiles on U.S. 87. For the sports fan in your life, stop at Bridges Rifle Company and Gunsmithing in La Vernia’s Industrial Park. While you are there, check out the truly unique Leather King Mfg. for locally made quality leather goods.
Don’t forget MAC and Bear Beautiful on F.M. 775 for beautiful things and a beautiful you! Drive on down to Nixon to the always delightful Main Drug Co. & Gifts. From Nixon, continue on to Yorktown and visit Maison Chic and Primrose Cottage Boutique for sure-to-please gifts and a unique shopping experience.
In Floresville, visit Trendy Treasures for gifts, apparel, and accessories, and Friends & Co., with its expanded offerings in clothing and home décor. And no shopping experience is complete without a visit to Sisters and its exquisite selections. A new place this year for handmade and personalized items is Cordes Creations in Bleu Casa Village.
Don’t forget all the specialty holiday treats and gift baskets at Rhew Orchard House on Hwy. 97. And for a breath of fresh air, visit Pfeil’s Home & Garden Material for plenty of gift-giving ideas.
Lest all this shopping leaves you a bit short on cash, visit Excel Finance in Floresville or, even better, stop there first before you head out.
(See the Christmas Shopping in the country! ad on page 4B for store details and a map.)
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