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Shop Local for the Holidays in Downtown Harrisonburg – Part 2

So perhaps you’ve begun working on your shopping  list, but are having a difficult time finding something for those who are a bit more particular. Well read on for some great finds for even the most hard-to-shop for person.

For those with discerning taste…
Wondering what to get for someone who enjoys the finer things in life? Why not go for the classics – wine and jewelry? Downtown Wine & Gourmet has a wide selection of wines from all over the world and their helpful staff will assist you in finding just the right bottle. With specialty gift baskets, gourmet food products, and an array of craft beers and brewing equipment, you can easily customize the perfect gift. Weekly wine and beer tastings are also a great way to try before you buy.

If you’re looking for the perfect piece of jewelry, the jewelers of downtown Harrisonburg offer a wide selection of styles. The newest jewelry shop Polished specializes in modern, vintage, and antique sterling silver jewelry. James McHone Jewelry has a wonderful selection of antique and estate jewelry, does appraisals, and can create custom designs based on your specifications. Wilson Jewelers offers well-known brands like Waterford and Linux, and also does custom engraving on-site.

Or perhaps you’d like to give the gift that keeps on giving with a pampering package from Merle Norman and Imago Day Spa. This full-service salon offers cosmetics, skin and hair care products, jewelry, and art in a boutique setting.

For the music aficionado…
Do you have a musician or music fan in your life? Downtown Harrisonburg has an array of options to bring the beat into their lives. Newest live music venue Downtown Music 34 offers concerts, private party rentals, instrumental rentals and repairs, and music lessons. Check out their website for a schedule of upcoming shows. Whitesel Music, established in 1948, has a long history of selling and servicing pianos, pipe organs, sound systems, and lighting equipment. You can also check out their sheet music selection and place an order with them if they don’t have what you’re looking for in stock. Shen-Valley Band Instruments Service is a full-line dealer for brands like Yamaha and Cerveny, and they rent, sell, service, and repair all of their instruments, so you’re not only investing in a musical experience, but also beginning a strong relationship with a company dedicated to customer care.

Perhaps that person on your list is more of an appreciator of music rather than a creator of it. If so, Wonder Records and Cosmic Debris are sure to have both classic and obscure selections to fill both shelves and record players. Brand new Wonder Records has a great selection of vinyl records and is located inside skate shop Wonder, so you can also browse their well-stocked inventory of skateboards, accessories, and clothing. Cosmic Debris has an immense collection of vinyl LPs, 45s, CDs, and cassettes, as well as movies, turntables, autographs, and memorabilia, so you’re sure to have fun browsing for hours.

For the photographer in your life…

Whether there’s a photography enthusiast on your list or you’re looking for a way to better document your holiday memories, our downtown camera shops have the perfect solution. For three generations, Gitchell’s Photography has provided the community with one-hour photo processing, and studio or on-location portraits. Interested in sending out a holiday photo card this year? Give the specialists at Gitchell’s a call!

If you’re more interested in purchasing equipment and doing your own photography, check out local favorite Glen’s Fair Price Store. With an array of professional photography equipment and in-house camera gurus, you can find cameras, batteries, memory cards, camera bags and much more to make your next shoot a seamless one. And while you’re there, check out their unique selection of toys, costumes, and quirky memorabilia.

For unique finds…

Are you in more of a mood to browse until you find the perfect gift? The Lady Jane is a gorgeous new store in the Wetsel Seed Complex, full of vintage antiques and accessories. Find whimsical, romantic, and re-purposed antiques, porcelain, furniture, jewelry, linens, lighting, and gifts all displayed as if you were walking into a friend’s home or a Jane Austen novel.

Laughing Dog T-Shirts and Gifts is a family-owned and -operated shop that has called Harrisonburg home since 1990. This shop carries Made in the USA and Fair Trade items, such as handbags, scarves, and accessories, as well as sterling silver and artisan-made jewelry, journals, greeting cards, candles, and much more. They also do custom screen-printed and embroidered t-shirts for a one-of-a-kind gift.

A Touch of the Earth is conveniently located just off of Court Square and features domestic and global products, such as beads and hemp, jewelry, tapestries, and essential oils. Create a gift basket from their wide array of international products and bring the world to your friend’s or family member’s doorstep!

Check back tomorrow for a preview of Black Friday deals being offered by our downtown merchants!

Nicole Martorana is the Promotions Manager for Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance.
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