Jamestown Renaissance Corporation: Shop Local This Holiday Season

Pictured is the interior of Decorators Gallery.

Pictured is the interior of Decorators Gallery.

Giving gifts is a surprisingly complex and important part of human interaction, helping to define relationships and strengthen bonds with family and friends. Psychologists have determined that it is often the giver, rather than the receiver, who reaps the biggest gains from the act. This time of year it is easy to get caught up in the momentum of the season and lose sight of the meaning behind the gift-giving tradition. Time constraints, limited funds and other pressures can turn the holidays into an endurance test. And unfortunately the gifts themselves can become the biggest stress of all.

For many, a solution to this stress is shopping online. A few clicks and you can check everyone off your list. Convenience is the top priority and the other details are lost – details like where your hard-earned money is going and if the recipient will even like the item you purchased. In the whirlwind of online shopping, people may even forget what they ordered until it arrives on their doorstep. Let’s face it: there isn’t much sentiment in that.

This year, make the choice to spend money at retailors downtown and you will discover that shopping local has a lot more to offer than free shipping. The alleyways and main streets of downtown Jamestown are full of unique retail experiences. From the works of local artists, to specialty gifts and souvenirs, our shops offer personal service to go along with items you just might not find anywhere else. And better yet, when you make purchases locally, you support the people in your own community who need it the most.

You can’t experience all that downtown has to offer from a car — you’ve got to get out and walk around. Park in one of the ramps and spend some time exploring and making memories. Step inside one of the historic storefronts and introduce yourself to some of the business owners who make downtown Jamestown a vibrant and unique destination. Looking for one-of-a-kind antiques, fine art or decorator accessories? Check out Decorators Gallery on First Street, in the historic Broadhead Wollen Mills building. Susan Di Vincenzo has been curating a beautiful showroom full of treasures since 1987. If you’d like a more eclectic mix of collectables, visit Discount Discs — Collectors Paradise on Main Street. Steve Trapani has an eye for vintage, an ear for classic rock and some amazing stories to boot. Ask him about the time he hung out with Keith Richards and Rick James! Looking for stocking stuffers, costume jewelry, crafts and apparel? Head to Gifts, Decor & More in the Pearl City Arts Building on Cherry Street where Tim Palmgren can help you to find something for everyone on your list. Consider making a gift of tickets to a show at the Lucille Ball Little Theater or the Reg Lenna Center for the Performing Arts. Combine tickets with a gift certificate to a local restaurant and you will give a really special night to look forward to.

Shopping local is your key to finding memorable gifts and is one of the most important things you can do to help Jamestown. If you can’t make it to all of them, try to visit at least a few of the following downtown businesses that have retail offerings:

BioDome Project

Brick City Market and Deli

Brick City Spirits

Chautauqua Brick

Chautauqua Music

Cheeky Boutique

Cloud City

Computer Solutions

Crown Street Roasting Company

Decorators Gallery

Discount Discs — Collectors Paradise

Dykeman-Young Gallery & Vintage Emporium

Frame & Glass Shoppe

Framemasters

Fresh Press Studios Inc.

Geer Dunn

Gifts, Decor & More

Gokey Mini Mart

Holmlund’s

I’ve Been Framed

Jamestown Cycle Shop

Jamestown Hydroponics

Jamestown Skate Products

Josef’s Jewelers, Inc.

Labyrinth Press Co.

Lafayette Corners

Lander’s Men’s Clothing

Liquid Monkey

Little Theatre of Jamestown

Lucy-Desi Gift Shop

Mason Fine Arts

Nouveau Home Boutique

PACE Promotional Solutions

Patient’s Pharmacy

Quick Solutions

Reg Lenna Ctr for the Arts

Ricky’s Pawn Shop

Ring It Wireless

St. Luke’s Thrift Shop

Taco Hut

The Trophy House

Trinity Guitars

Video Games Plus

If you need an extra incentive to shop downtown, the Shop Small, Win Big contest is sponsored by Jamestown Up Close and powered by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation and rewards shoppers that make purchases at participating businesses before Dec. 18. Spend at least $10 at one of the participating businesses and you will be entered to win one of six major prizes. Visit www.jamestownupclose.com to view the full list of participants and prize details. The site also contains a complete list of businesses downtown, including restaurants, retail and attractions.

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