Shop Brookside/Waldo on Small Business Saturday!

small-business-saturday-2016-bannerForget shopping on Black Friday in a crowded mall with indifferent store staffers…..come to Brookside/Waldo and shop locally owned businesses!  Your money stays in the community…and you will find unique gifts for everyone !

And if you are headed into Brookside…be sure to make time to explore the new shops in Brookside East:  HAMILTON, Season + Square, Golden and Pine, Farm Dog Studios.

Local restaurants and cafes will be ready for you with nourishment and beverages when you need a break!

Finally, on Small Business Saturday, American Express card holders can take advantage of special offers.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and thank you for supporting our locally owned Brookside/Waldo businesses!

Holiday Gift Ideas from the Brookside Shops

It’s one week before Christmas and you may be looking at your list, in a panic, wondering  what you can give that someone who is ‘difficult to buy for’.  Don’t spend  hours wandering around a mall–so stressful, crowded, generic and often poor service.  Shop Brookside…it’s so easy and there is something for everyone within walking distance of a few blocks.

The Brookside shops along 63rd St

The Brookside shops along 63rd St

The weather is mild  so  park the car and walk to all the shops and services.  To get you started, I’ve compiled a shortlist of gift ideas to inspire you!  Most Brookside shops are locally owned and operated, many offer free gift wrap and all will give you friendly service.

For the women in your life, you can’t go wrong with something from Stuff, World’s Window, Fiddly Fig, 5B&Co. Candlemakers.  Unique jewelry, a pretty scarf, scented soaps and lotions, special holiday dishes, towels or home decor, fragrant candles–all this and more in any of these shops. At Element, pamper her with  a massage, facial, yoga class or other wellness services.

For the guys…usually a little harder to buy for.  A sample of various beers or wines from Berbiglia might do the trick, or some specialty foods from Bella Napoli World’s Window sells men’s clothing, or you might find something  at Tuesday Morning.  Perhaps a special blend of coffee or a gift card from The Roasterie?  It seems like many men don’t like to buy for themselves, so splurging on something they don’t expect (but appreciate) is fun.

Buying gifts for kids gets you in the spirit of the season!  I love the travel, board and card games at Brookside Toy and Science, and the massive book selection at Reading Reptile. How about stuffing several art and craft supplies in a plastic bin as a gift?  Stop in The New Dime Store for markers, poster board, glitter, glue, paper,clay, etc.

If there’s a baby on your list..or one on the way, Lauren Alexander stocks upscale keepsakes, bedding and clothing for the youngest ones. And remember Brookside Barkery and Bath, for the pets in the family.

Finally, what person doesn’t like a gift card to a restaurant? We all tire of cooking and long for someone else to wait on us occasionally!  Avenues Bistro, Carmen’s Cafe, Blue Grotto, Charlie Hoopers, Michael Forbes Grill, Julian–these are just a few of the casual dining options in Brookside that offer gift cards.  Or Cosentino’s offers tasty hot meals for take out every night.

The Brookside Story

The Brookside Story

If you know someone who just moved to Brookside, or has moved away,  I suggest a Brookside Art Fair tee shirt or banner,  or a copy of The Brookside Story.  These items can be purchased at Southtown Council, 6814 Troost–just a short drive from the Brookside shops on 6rd St.

Talking about all these great shops and restaurants makes me want to go out shopping for myself!  Spend some time shopping in Brookside this’ll find great gifts and have a good time browsing along the streets.  Happy holidays!

Holiday Gift Ideas from Brookside!

What makes the best holiday gifts?  To me, it’s receiving something that’s a bit of a splurge that I wouldn’t normally  buy for myself.  Most everyone is more conservative with spending these days, so a little luxury type  gift that lifts spirits is so appreciated.  On my splurge list:  top quality coffee, a beautiful Christmas serving dish, fragrant soaps and lotions, pretty patterned leather gloves, a pedicure, hand made earrings.  As you are rushing around this week looking for those last minute presents, keep the splurge gift idea in mind.  And of course…shop Brookside!  Lots of splurge  —  and practical — gifts here.  Plus, the service is so much better than a cranky generic mall clerk and many shops offer free holiday wrap.  Read on for a few last minute gift suggestions from my neighborhood:

For Mom:  A night off from cooking!  Pick up a gift card from Carmen’s Cafe , Bella Napoli or Cosentino’s.

Jewelry  — or just about anything–from Stuff

Christmas decor from The Fiddly Fig

For Dad:   A massage from Massage Point, haircut from Brookside Barber Shop, services from Rydell Tailor.

For Grandma:  Scarf, jewelry or scented soaps from Worlds Window

Glass dishes from Shop Beautful

Scented candles from 5B Candlemaker

For Gen X and Y:  Gift card to Julian or The Roasterie

For kids:            Books from Reading Reptile

Card Games from Brookside Toy and Science

Bunch of hair ribbons from The New Dime Store

Gift card from Baskin Robbins/Topsy’s

I hope you find these suggestions helpful.  Shopping in Brookside isn’t a dreaded chore–you’ll find just about everything you need right here, with your dollars staying in the local economy.  Happy holidays and I hope your stocking is stuffed with a splurge gift for you!