Christmas is just days away, and we know there is still lots of last-minute shopping to be done.
We are all (wisely) trying to keep our distance by staying healthy. So, instead of rushing to the mall or using the convenience of Amazon, why not think small and shop locally this year?
Small businesses in and around Wilton Manors need support more than ever. That’s reason enough to spend big when you shop small. If you are looking for places to complete your holiday shopping safely, consider the following retailers:
The Tickin Ribbit is a gift shop located at 2374 Wilton Drive. It sells unique items that you cannot find at other chain retailers. “It’s basically a whole shop of just perfect hostess gifts, and presents for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, love, friendship, you name it,” Owner Joe Bush said. “We feature picture frames, candles, home accessories, jewelry boxes, and lots of gifts for entertaining."
Items range in price from $4 to $300. The store is open on Friday-Sunday from 1 - 8 p.m.
The calendar says December, but swimsuits are the hot item right now at the Pride Factory. The most popular ones sell for about $60. The store has seen steady traffic this year, but it could use a sales boost like all area retailers. If swimwear isn’t your thing, don’t despair.
“There’s new inventory arriving every week,” employee Marcus Morris said.
The Pride Factory is located at 850 NE 13th Street. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sundays 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
In some parts of Europe, Christmas is synonymous with chocolate.
“Germany really does Christmas the way nobody does it,” said To The Moon Owner Antonio Dumas. If you are looking for chocolate treats, To The Moon is the place to go. If you go, be sure to look up.
“We have about 2000 glass ornaments on the ceiling featuring iconic people and all kinds of themes and genres. And the entire ceiling is covered in a mirage and glass ornaments,” said Dumas.
To The Moon is located at 2205 Wilton Drive. It is open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m - 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Further north in Lake Worth Beach there’s the Haus Lounge, the only LGBT owned gift store in the county.
“Supporting local small businesses is key to keeping a community and downtown area alive and happening. Especially during times such as a global pandemic/recession,” said owner Adam Sessa. “With Big Box companies gaining control of the business world, now is the time to shop local more than ever! As a queer small business owner we have many items on consignment with other local artisans and businesses.”
The majority of their items are handmade and locally sourced.
“The small details are what matter this holiday season,” Sessa said. “Shop small for the holidays.”
The Haus Lounge is located at 205 N. Federal Hwy in Lake Worth Beach. They're open from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day.
If you’re at a loss of what to give to a friend or co-worker, you can always visit a local retailer to purchase a gift card. If you don’t feel comfortable shopping in person, reach out and call a local retailer to find out if online buying or curbside pickup is an option.