Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Del Ray Shopping Tour

We've all heard the mantra 'shop local'. This is not only environmentally, but economically friendly. Supporting small, local businesses this holiday season is a great way to make sure the wealth is shared with people who really live in your community, not major national corporations.

Making a whole day of this is more fun than you might think! In honor of my upcoming trunk show, I have created a walking tour of the unique and diverse establishments in Del Ray. So, come spend some time shopping and supporting local business.

Start at Caboose Cafe, 2419 Mt. Vernon Ave, for a hearty breakfast and some hot coffee. Walking south on Mt Vernon Ave, check out the international cheese offerings at Cheesetique. Peek into Eight Hands Around (2301 Mt. Vernon Ave) for fun antiques and cute baby items.

For the REAL DEAL, stop at A Show of Hands and get a *huge* bag fix. I'm having a solo trunk show this coming Saturday, November 15 from 11am to 4pm. Also while there, check out Sandy Pea soaps and Leah Sturgis earrings. Baby blankets and ribbon head bands, painted boxes and Christmas ornaments, the selection is endless!

For all the dog lovers in your life, stop in at Barkley Square, which is a gourmet dog bakery and boutique. Situated in a bright pink building, it will be sure to catch your eye and your doggie's heart.

Stroll down The Ave toward Mancini's for an afternoon snack and pick me up, such as homemade brownies and cupcakes. Take something home for later!

These are just a very small sample of the wonderful shopping pickings in Del Ray. Full of great restaurants, one of kind shops and interesting finds, you will be able to easily spend the whole day doing your holiday shopping!

See you on Saturday~Jen

Green Tip~

I'm dreaming of green Christmas....
Diane MacEachern, author of The Big Green Purse, will be hosting a "live telephone conversation about decorating, shopping and entertaining with minimal environmental impact."
Monday, December 8 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Call: 1(712) 580-7706. Conference Code: 1735162
(note: regular phone charges may apply)

Perhaps she will discuss the new LED christmas lights. While at $15-20 a strand, they are more expensive than other options, they use up to 80% less energy to operate. "A string of 300 mini’s cost on average $13.12 to operate; LEDs use so little energy, 300 of them will only cost $1.25 to power up." Likewise, this option is much longer lasting and safer, as these lights don't run as hot.

Check out Brookstone for a huge selection of LED lights.