Shopping in town is a joy for gift givers

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

Shopping for the ideal gift can be considered a source of fun or stress – a joy or a chore. Whether looking for a special present, a last minute gift, or a stocking-stuffer, locals need look no farther than Loomis to delight most everyone on their list.

Find unique ways to decorate a home, add to a collection or pick up a one-of a kind gift at Vintage Charm Antiques and Collectibles. The owners have just added a 500-square-foot Christmas shop full of holiday items. Items include ornaments from the late 1800s through the 1980s, more than 60 different Santa Clauses and vintage, hinged, candy molds of all sizes. They also sell rare books and first editions; crystal, silver and china; small kitchen items; vintage jewelry, hats, gloves and handbags; and artwork and furniture.

Nelthorpe’s Appliance geared up for the holiday season by focusing on cooking appliances and adding delivery and installation personnel to meet demand.

“We check our competitors and guarantee the lowest price instead of holding sales, because you never know when an appliance will need to be replaced. If your oven dies, you don’t want to wait for a sale,” said Cru Ginna, manager.

On Dec. 10, Loomis Basin Brewing Company, at 3277 Swetzer Road, will begin selling 22-ounce bottles of Jacked Again, its second release of robust porter ale aged in Jack Daniel whisky barrels.

According to owner and brewmaster Jim Gowan, the brewery also has 22-ounce bottles of Alohawk, a full-bodied, eight percent alcohol beer that is very malty and mild on the hops. Other gifts include logo-branded wooden boxes, sweatshirts, vests and glassware, which can be purchased separately or combined to make custom gift boxes.

Casque Winery, shoppers can buy wine; handmade wine bags; logo glasses, shirts and hats; Adrian Wine Club memberships and gift certificates. Their second location next to the Flower Farm Inn, Nursery and Coffeehouse will open for wine tasting and purchases in December.

Visit Santa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekends through Dec. 20, at Flower Farm Nursery and Coffeehouse, at 4150 Auburn Folsom Road. Shop for Christmas trees, wreaths and gifts including plants; pots, landscape art, and locally crafted wooden furniture; local honey and jams; baked goods, lunch items and gift cards. The gift shop is packed with locally made “green” gifts, crafts, art and cards. Their Douglas fir, noble fir and silver tip cut Christmas trees range from three to 13 feet and part of the proceeds will benefit Placer Elementary School.

Body and Soul Tattoo and Piercing at 3805 Taylor Rd specializes in tattoos, $25 body piercings and body jewelry.  They always offer a 30 percent discount and feature Tat Till You Tap Thursdays, when customers can be tattooed for up to eight hours, for $300. They also offer gift certificates.

The Bikers Store at 3875 Taylor Road, carries motorcycle parts, accessories and gear ranging from decals, biker bells and tie-downs to helmets, gloves and vest-extenders, as well as gift certificates. 

“Our face masks also make great gifts for hunters, snowboarders and skiers,” said owner Paul Stimers.

Consider giving someone a good time with a dining gift card from Cafe Zorro’s, Green Elephant Restaurant, Lorenzo’s, The Ugly Mug, Pizza Factory, Round Table Pizza, Snotopia, The Yogurt Shop, Starbuck’s, Taylor’s, Mr. Pickles, Subway, Taco Bell or Burger King.