Shop locally for the holidays and support your home town

By: Kathy Maynard, Loomis News Correspondent
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Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part series on holiday shopping in Loomis

Find unique one-of-a-kind gifts and support your community by shopping locally this holiday season.

The day after Black Friday has been designated as Small Business Saturday and local merchants offer a myriad of decorations and gifts all season long. Shopping locally saves time, gas and the frustration of going to the mall and large shopping centers, but most importantly it keeps tax dollars in Loomis.

Smells can trigger positive memories from as far back as childhood and what better way to create a memorable holiday than with a fresh-cut or living Christmas tree?

Foothill Feed and Gift water-stores fresh-cut Nordman, Douglas, Frasier and noble fir Christmas trees to keep them as fresh as possible, said Ted Greenfield, owner. The trees range in height from three to 12 feet. Foothill Feed also carries a large variety of gifts and treats for horses, dogs, cats and birds; household items, garden art, pots, lotions, jewelry and a large assortment of traditional, whimsical and animal-themed ornaments and holiday decorations.

“We try to find things that are fun, unique and of good value that you can’t find at the mall, Wal-Mart or Target,” Greenfield said.

Bakers Nursery offers 10 different varieties of living Christmas trees that can thrive in the local environment, including Nordman and Douglas Firs and Colorado blue, Alberta and Norway spruces. Other popular holiday plants are boxwood pyramids, yuletide camellias and Christmas cactus. They also sell gift certificates and custom-engraved Talkin’ Rocks.

Christensen’s Saddlery offers an extensive array of products for all facets of the horse world, including English, western, endurance, eventing, dressage and hunting and jumping. They also carry offer a large assortment of horse supplies and grooming tools, children’s toys and clothing and lots of socks, assorted books and gifts for horse lovers.

“We have a wish list book to let clients choose what they want to help husbands and grandparents who come in saying they have no idea what to get,” said Teri Volle, eventing specialist.

Main Drug Store carries a large selection of candles, ornaments, frames and stocking stuffers. They also feature many Japanese products such as orgami paper, noodles, tea, vinegar, food-safe ceramic ware, sushi molds, iron tea pots, chopstick rests and collectible Kokeshi dolls.

Simply Portraits is scheduling Santa visits on the weekend of Dec. 14 and 15 by appointment only. Part of the proceeds from the $25 session fee, which includes a 5x7 photo and about 15 minutes of personal time talking to Santa, will be donated to the Loomis Family Christmas Basket program. They also offer gift certificates for portraits and custom-designed photo Christmas cards.

Charlotte’s Cafe and Coffee House, which recently changed its name from Wild Chicken Coffee, Tea and Specialty Drinks to reflect its expanded hours and menus, now sells bags of locally hand-roasted Wild Chicken Coffee in French roast, house and breakfast blends. The cafe will continue featuring its popular pumpkin muffins and eggnog-flavored drinks through the holidays. Gift coins, available in several denominations, make great stocking stuffers.

Republic Fine Cigars and Essentials sells premium, hand-rolled cigars ranging from $3 to $150 each, as well as cutters, lighters, ashtrays, humidors and maintenance supplies in every price range.

“Our unique tobacco shop and lounge attracts clients from as far away as Idaho and San Diego because of our quality and reputation,” said manager Toni Morgan-Hawley.