Local shopping: Two Harbors Gift GuideBetween now and Christmas, readers can count on the News-Chronicle for unique gift ideas. Throughout December, items will be featured that can be purchased in one of the Lake County communities. This week, Two Harbors is featured and next week, look for gifts you can pick up in Silver Bay. Check back for regular updates on area open houses and craft shows.
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Lake County News Chronicle
December is chock-full of opportunities to support local businesses. Last weekend’s Small Business Saturday was a shopping holiday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday intended to encourage consumers to spend their dollars locally. This Saturday, businesses along Highway 61 in Two Harbors are hosting open houses with music, treats and holiday discounts.
The reasons to shop local are numerous, and Diana Roe, a florist at Anderson’s Greenhouse in Two Harbors, said their business simply wouldn’t be viable without local customers.
“It’s the local people that keep us open. We depend on them,” Roe said.
Katie Lancaster, co-owner of Sweet Peas Gift Shop and Craft Mall in Two Harbors, echoed that sentiment. Sweet Peas rents booths to local folks, who fill them with handmade goods.
“You are supporting 45 different families when you shop at Sweet Peas,” Lancaster said.
Not only do she and her husband appreciate business from locals, in their five years of owning the shop they’ve forged some strong relationships.
“We’ve discovered that although we need revenue to survive, we’re most grateful for the relationships we’ve developed with local customers,” she said.
It’s clear that shopping locally is good for business owners, but customers benefit, too. Shoppers can often find one-of-a-kind, memorable gifts for friends and family during the holiday season, according to Brenda Swanson, co-owner of Tree to Tree Hammock Store in Two Harbors.
“Shopping local is the best way to find the most unique gifts, and people remember those gifts,” Swanson said.
In the spirit of shopping locally, the News-Chronicle took a trip around Two Harbors this week to find unique and interesting gifts. Here are eight items that are sure to please someone on your shopping list and support the local economy.
Between now and Christmas, readers can count on the News-Chronicle for unique gift ideas. Throughout December, items will be featured that can be purchased in one of the Lake County communities. Next week, look for gifts you can pick up in Silver Bay and check back for regular updates on area open houses and craft shows.
This week check out:
• Agate Bay Crafters Annual December Craft and Bake Sale, Friday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Two Harbors Community Center.
• Shop Local Holiday Open House, Highway 61 merchants in Two Harbors, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 all day.
• Voyageur Art Center will be open Friday, Nov. 30, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. It’s located on South Avenue in Two Harbors, near the Train Depot.
• Mall of Americinn, Thursday, Dec. 6, 3-8 p.m. at Americinn Silver Bay. Featuring over 30 local vendors.
Got an item you think should be featured in our gift guide? Planning a craft sale or open house to highlight your local shop? Contact the News-Chronicle and we’ll include it. Our contact information can be found on page 4A.