As the infamous “Black Friday” approaches, have you mapped out your shopping plans for this gift-giving season? Ready for miles and miles of parked cars? How about standing in long lines to pay for your goodies? Hmm, sounds like too much work for me.
How about something more laid back? How about gifts as unique as the family members and friends on your shopping list?
Roswell is a shopper’s paradise from the period storefronts of the historic district to the eclectic treasures throughout the city. A great selection of items in a delightful setting, mixed with friendly service and warm smiling faces, makes shopping in Roswell an experience to remember. We invite you to enjoy the variety and great prices you will find in the Shops of Roswell. The perfect gift at the perfect price awaits you.
First on your list: Stop in the Roswell Visitors Center (617 Atlanta Street) and pick up your FREE Find It All Roswell VIP Card. Roswell’s merchants have great special offers to anyone presenting the VIP card. Offers change weekly, so make sure you have the current list of offers before heading out. The current offers list can be downloaded from www.finditallroswell.com/vip-card.html There are even restaurant specials on the list and we all know that power shopping requires great food for fuel to keep you going.
From Thanksgiving week through New Years, Roswell is decked out for Christmas and full of special events at venues all over the city to celebrate the season. Christmas in Roswell has been featured as a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society for several years. For full details, check out the brochure at: www.visitroswellga.com/include-new/2009ChristmasInRoswellBrochure.pdf
Several of Roswell’s shopping opportunities are featured in this year’s brochure:
From 7 – 9 pm, The Chandlery will donate 10% of all proceeds to the Chattahoochee Nature Center.
December 4 & 5
Picture with Santa at The Chandlery on Canton Street. From 2 – 5 P.M. Have your picture, your child’s picture or your family’s picture taken with Santa surrounded by Christmas wonder. Enjoy shopping while you wait. 770-993-5962
December 4 - 6
Works In Clay Holiday Show & Pottery Sale at Art Center West; 1355 Woodstock Road. Show features work of over 45 ceramic artists and highlights collectible wheel-thrown functional pottery, figurative sculpture and affordable gift items. 10 A.M. - 8 P.M. on Friday; 10 A.M. - 5 P.M. on Saturday; Noon – 5 P.M. on Sunday. 770-641-3990; http://www.roswellclaycollective.com/
Back to Nature Holiday Market and Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. 10 am to 4 pm. Shop over 40 vendors selling local, handmade products including candles, knits, unique bags, preserves, jewelry, toys, one-of-a-kind gifts, coffee, teas and more. Activities for the children including arts & crafts, face painting, scavenger hunts, hikes an animal encounters. Fee with admission to CNC.
December 5 & 6
Dr. Seuss Show at Ann Jackson Gallery on Canton Street. The Secret Art collection of the whacky Dr. Seuss. Show includes sculpture, book illustrations, and the political work. Saturday from Noon – 9 P.M.; Sunday Noon – 5 P.M.; Show will continue on display through January. 770-993-4783.
December 5 & 6
A Classy Clutter Christmas Open House at Classy Clutter on Alpharetta Street. 10 A.M. – 6 P.M.; browse the unique and affordable collection of gifts for the holidays. Refreshments & Surprises await you. 770-587-4599
December 11 & 12
Canton Street Merchants Holiday Open House Weekend. Merchants will be open late just like they do for Alive After Five. Shopping, food, and beverage specials.
Christmas at the Coffee House. Live acoustic music, Christmas tree lighting, special holiday drinks and desserts, Christmas gifts and gift boxes on sale and book signing at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee, 352 South Atlanta Street. General audience, family friendly, date night appropriate. 7-11 P.M.; 770-645-1149
All of this has given me some great ideas for those on my gift list. I just can’t wait to get out and get started. See you in Roswell!