December 12, 2013
Hieeeeee! And merry last two weeks before Christmas! I’ve always been partial to the way Brits say “Happy Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas,” and yet I can’t bring myself to say it. And even if I do say it, it has to come out with my somewhat terrible British accent and sounds weird and fake. Also, why is “merry” specifically saved for Christmas only? Would it not serve as an adjective to other occasions? Merry morning! Merry birthday! Amiright?
Anyway, it’s .5 seconds away from Christmas and I have less than that to do literally ALL of my Christmas shopping, due to ridiculous sundry travel this month. But guess who’s already winning that race?! THIS GIRL. TAKE THAT, TO DO LIST!
Since it’s sort of almost too late to buy things online now and NOT pay $50 for rush shipping, I figured I’d holler at a couple of my local favorites for those of you who are in Raleigh.
Number ONE favorite local shop is Deco, in downtown on Hargett St. Seriously the best conglomeration of local artist goodies I’ve ever seen. Jewelry, sewn goods, bar things, paper goods, baby stuff, inappropriate adult themed things (um but not that kind of inappropriate, just funny stuff that kids won’t get, you know?), a ton of Raleigh-themed things, NC-themed things, tshirts, magnets, chocolate, seriously ALL THE THINGS. Any and all last-minute needs can absolutely be fulfilled here. Hop over to Southwest Raleigh blog to read more about the shop and shop owner + founder, Pam, who is awesome for opening such a fantastic space in downtown.
Number two favorite local shop is Epona + Oak in City Market. Similar to Deco but very different and relaxing atmosphere. They have a wide variety of locally made things too: lots of great jewelry, clothing, bags + accessories, and paper goods. AND they offer a pretty wide variety of massage and spa services as well! Bet you didn’t know that! I’ve been a few times to see Cheryl, their certified masseuse, and Monica of Bodhi Tree Holistics for skin care treatments. So, fab spa things PLUS fab shop things = SUPER fab shop. Go do it.
Number three favorite is still kind of new: Nuvonivo kids shop. I have no kids, but my cousins are supplying me with ample small munchkins on whom I may spend monies! And Nuvonivo has tons of cute things for the small people in your life. I recently got THE wee-est and cutest little baby booties there. They were kind of thing that makes me want to say/type “Squeeeeeeeee” all excited-like even though I typically am sort of against using “squee” for reasons I won’t explain [hashtag inappropriate!]. If you are lover of all things squee-worthy, go there.
For the beer lovers in your life, check out newest local beer shop (because there is always room for more craft beer) Crafty Beer Shop in Five Points. Great atmosphere and huge variety of local / semi-local / craft brews.
AND last but not least, for the wine lovers, go check out the NEW Wine Feed location at 602 Glenwood beneath the Hampton Inn. They have a new wine bar (because, see statement above about allthebeer), greater selection, and lots of awesomeness. [Details also on Southwest Raleigh blog!]
And boom, top 5 best places to get gifts for EVERYONE you know. You’re welcome. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram to hang out with me in Disney World next week (!!!!!) and see all the stretchy pants I’ll be wearing until at least February. LOL/JK but seriously. Merry Thursday! And since I have less than 36 hours left in town, Merry Christmas, Merry Last Minute Shopping, and Merry Eating!