I doubt I'm the only one who has a love/hate relationship with Amazon and the like. The tantalizing combination of great prices and selection makes it hard to resist, I totally get it. But, BUT. What about the amazing feeling of walking into a gorgeous store, meeting the proprietor and finding just what you need? Even with all its bells and whistles, Amazon can't sell you the warm fuzzies that you're sure to get free with purchase at a local small business. Check out my favorite local shops for holiday shopping, Andersonville edition.
Alapash: I pretty much guarantee you will want to buy everything you see. From gorgeous ceramics, to terrariums to pillows to Alpaca throws, it's all lust-worthy. We bought a few pillows for my brother's birthday, and he loved them. They're muted yet colorful, and I imagine match with almost any couch. If you can't make the trek, the online shop is great too.
Gethsemane: You've probably driven by this place a million times and simultaneously marveled at their gorgeous flower arrangements and wondered how to pronounce the name. I have no idea how to pronounce it--in our home this place is affectionately called, "G." We buy all of our herbs and vegetables here in the summer, bulbs in the fall and Christmas tree/wreath/garland in the winter. Their gift shop is a throwback to another time and just darling. Go pick out your tree and then head over to La Colombe or M. Henry for a coffee or cocoa--so fun!
Marguerite Gardens: Whether you're looking for a hostess gift or flowers for yourself, this place has you covered. I've gifted more than a few of their air plants and unique vases/terrariums. Who wouldn't love that gift?! Their florists are also amazing--I've walked in a few times and had them put together a little bouquet in just a few minutes.
Swedish Bakery: An institution. That's really the only way to describe Swedish Bakery, and for good reason. They take the humble, common, store bought birthday cake and elevate it to a level of greatness. Their frosting is so light and fluffy and not-too-sweet and just heaven. Cookies and breakfast baked goods also do not disappoint. There's an entire "cookies by the pound" section, which would make a great little gift.
Edgewater Produce: Ok, so some might call this place a grocery store, but it's such a great grocery store, that it had to be mentioned. I am not kidding: you can get about 47 limes for one dollar. Ok, maybe not 47, but so many. And the berries, even in the dead of winter are half of what you'll pay at Mariano's. Lastly, they sell Metropolis Coffee, which is our local fav. It's a no muss, no fuss situation filled with fresh, inexpensive produce. Treat yourself this holiday season!
So tell me, where do you shop local?