Wednesday Dec 09 2009
Shop locally for 'only in Loomis' gifts
By: Joyia Emard/Loomis News Staff Writer
You don’t have to travel far to find uniquely Loomis gifts – just take a drive down Taylor Road and make a few stops. Start at Foothill Feed & Gift. Amidst their inventory of livestock and pet supplies you’ll discover locally-made rope halters, dog scarves and collars, and even bran mash. In their realm of home décor, look for hand-wrought iron decorative plant hangers. According to Ted Greenfield, owner, the store’s assortment of holiday décor items include Western- and animal-themed ornaments. He said other popular items for the home include birdhouses and wall clocks. Take a short trip down the road to Blue Goose Produce for Loomis Basin grown Mandarins and persimmons plus sauces, honey, fresh eggs and grass fed and hormone free meats. They can even ship items. Further along Taylor Road, stop in at Main Drug Store, place an order at the soda fountain and look for the Where’s Loomis music CD by home town musician Lenny Green. Look for Loomis postcards and books by resident authors. Matt Hatashita, pharmacy technician, said customers can find a good selec-tion of authentic and harder to find Japanese food products, dishes and books on origami and sushi. No chimney for Santa to slide down? Stop at the Stove Connection and check out the red, majolica and oxford brown stoves that can make the holi-days warm and bright while adding an entry location for the big guy in the red suit. M & D Beauty Boutique & Salon offers handcrafted scarves and jewelry and beautiful wrought iron wall pieces. Neighboring Camelot Costumes can turn anyone into a holiday character with costumes such as reindeer, snowman, Christmas tree, elf, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Across the street at High Hand Nursery there is a new Flower Market that offers reasonably-priced potted plants that make perfect hostess gifts. Daniel Spangler, who has 25 years of floral experience, runs the market and creates unique flower arrangements. “Pre-ordering for florals is best, but we can put something together on the spot, too,” Spangler said. “We specialize in high-quality plants and unusual things that are affordable,” he said. The Tin Thimble, a creative sewing store newly opened at High Hand, sells homespun ornaments and scarves, felted wool wall hangings and art bowls along with hand-died fleece and handspun wool. They also carry one-of-a-kind jewelry and vintage linens. If one-of-a-kind items are on your shopping list, visit next-door neighbor Vintage Charm for hats, home décor and pottery, all made in bygone days. Equestrians who also happen to be chocolate lovers will find the chocolate horse and horseshoe suckers at Christensens Saddlery, Apparel and Tack a big hit. According to employee Tivonal Kenmonth they also offer greeting cards by local photographers, handpainted tiles and handmade wooden signs – all with horse themes. Nelthorpe & Son Appliances can help keep the cheery and bright colors of the holidays in your home throughout the year with appliances in mod colors such as turquoise sky. The Loomis Chamber of Commerce on Horseshoe Bar Road sells many un-usual Loomis items including Eggplant Festival and Loomis t-shirts, sweat shirts, totes and aprons. Stop by to peruse their retail stock. Drive out Horseshoe Bar into the country to Flower Farm Nursery for re-gionally-made garden art, clay pottery, ornaments, purses, jewelry, aprons, greeting cards and even goat milk soaps and lotions. Many Loomis shops also carry the Loomisopoly game produced by the Soroptimists of Rocklin and Loomis. “Images of America: Loomis” is a book produced by the Loomis Historical Society that can be found around town. It contains many historic photos and town lore.