November is upon us! While the holiday season is certainly full of magic and joy, it can also be a source of stress, especially when it comes to finding gifts for everyone on your list. To help, we’ve put together our own list of local businesses and suggested gifts for all your loved ones, right in downtown Westerly!
Of course, you can choose to do your shopping virtually any day of the week, but we also highly recommend checking out a couple of special shopping events in the coming month.
One is Small Business Saturday on November 24th. Hot on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday is a way to support a movement to support local places that make our communities strong. Without our local small businesses the Ocean Community wouldn’t be what it is today. You can show your support for these local business owners when you dine and shop!
You also won’t want to miss the 22nd Annual Holiday Stroll & Luminaria, sponsored by the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association. The event will be held in historic downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 5:00-9:00 PM.
Sidewalks will be lined with beautiful luminaria, and families can enjoy a hayride with Santa while listening to strolling carolers filling the air with their holiday cheer. A complementary cup of hot chocolate and a cookie will warm you up while shopping at the local stores, which will be running special promotions and offer money saving coupons. Bundle up and enjoy an evening of hospitality, friendship, and lots of holiday cheer while getting a head start on your holiday shopping and supporting the downtown merchants and artists!
Now, on to the gift guide!
Savoy Bookshop and Cafe / ReReads Bookshop
Give someone you love the gift of reading! With two bookstores in town, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to find the perfect story for your friend or family member.
Stop by Savoy for the best in new books along with some local and literary themed novelty items (and grab a delicious baked good or speciality coffee for yourself as well!), and they make it easy to find the perfect book for yourself or others by continuously updating their displays of staff picks, new arrivals, and best sellers.
Re-Reads is just down the street and has a truly wonderful selection of gently used books to browse and select for that special someone. You never know what sort of treasure you could uncover on the high shelves of this store! Many signed copies of beloved titles are available – be sure to ask when you arrive to see what’s available!
Ray Willis Toys and Bike
If you’ve ever felt nostalgic for your own childhood or the slower pace of yesteryear’s toys, Ray Willis is the place to go! At Ray Willis, you can choose from a wide selection of popular, unique, and enriching toys, including brands such as Lego, Playmobil, Melissa and Doug, Thomas and Friends, Wooden Railroad, and many old fashioned toys! They also offer a large selection of bicycles, including mountain, road, and BMX bikes, tandems, and plenty of bikes for the kids in your life. Ray Willis has been providing quality sales, service, and repairs for more than 65 years in Westerly.
Nigrelli’s prides itself on its three generations of great selection and service, providing Downtown Westerly with “everything from fashion to fine” jewelry, as well as repairs. Perhaps you’re considering making this Christmas one to truly remember by popping the question? Nigrelli’s has one of the largest bridal ring collections in the area! Not ready for an engagement? A beautiful bracelet or necklace is sure to bring a smile to the face of your loved one, be they a significant other, friend, or family member.
Nigrelli’s will be running a sale up to 50% off on Black Friday and during the Holiday Stroll on December 5th.
Capizzano’s Olive Oils and Vinegars
Trying to find the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? Stop by Capizanno’s, which offers a wide variety of premium, delicious olive oils and vinegars and other speciality products of the Mediterranean. The owners, Stephen and Suzanne, believe that healthy choices begin with the best ingredients, which is what drives them to find the finest products for their customers. An imported bottle of extra virgin olive oil or flavorful, aged balsamic vinegar is sure to impress your favorite culinary creator!
Get Fired Up!
Some of the best things in life aren’t even really things at all – they’re experiences! For a memorable gift, consider bringing a friend or family member to Get Fired Up and select from a wide variety of pottery to paint together, including plates, bowls, mugs, tiles, treasure boxes, and other novelty items. No prior experience is necessary – you simply choose your pottery, design your piece, select your colors and start the fun! Your finished, food-safe, fire-glazed work of art is then ready to pick up within 5-7 days. The items will beautify your life and the memories will last a lifetime!
Woodmansees and Woodees
For the discerning fashionista in your life, we recommend Woodmansees and their sister store Woodees! For over 110 years, Woodmansee’s has been styling individuals of all ages, making each shopper and gift-receiver feel beautiful by offering a wide variety of fair-trade and locally crafted clothing, jewelry, and accessories. They even have an expert stylist available to help you find your perfect clothing and accessories for any event or occasion. Meanwhile, Woodees is located right next door and captures the upbeat spirit of girls, teens and young professionals with a fun and fashionable line of clothing, jewelry and accessories.
Store-wide sales will be taking place during Small Business Saturday and during the Holiday Stroll on December 5.
The Eagle’s Nest Gallery
The Eagle’s Nest Gallery is the area’s largest Gift Shop with a huge selection of handbags, accessories, stationery, home goods and personalized gifts. This fanciful gift and art shop has expanded to accommodate additional lines of unique gift items, seasonal items, and Women’s Accessories, including hand painted silk scarves, beaded bags, silk wrapped bracelets and Hauser Chocolates made right here in Westerly. They also feature a collection of gifts based on occupations such as teachers, nurses, firefighters, hairdressers, policemen, and more!
“We are proud to have many local artists works here at the Gallery”. We truly believe in supporting Made in America.” Says owner Gail Desrosier.
During the Holiday Stroll on December 5, the Eagle’s Nest Gallery will be offering a storewide discount of 20% off, along with free gifts with purchase of $75 or $100.
Christina’s offers unique and beautiful clothing, jewelry, accessories, and gifts for that fashionable, electric friend or family member in your life. With a lovely selection of clothes made from organic and vintage materials along with homemade bags, quilts, dresses, and denim, as well as home items such as beautifully scented soap and candles, you’re sure to find something for the stylish people in your life.
Local shopping is happy shopping, because you can take comfort in knowing that your dollars have gone more directly to support your neighbors and our community. Happy holidays from us to you and yours!