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wrote an introduction to last year’s Journal Gift Guide that, in hindsight, was too damn cheerful. I said, although we were two years into this recession — really, things could have been much worse here in Humboldt County. Although there were new, visible tears in the social fabric of our community, most of us were still in our homes or apartments, and most local businesses still had their doors open. (We do have that buffer from the underground economy, at least for the time being.) I urged Journal readers to support local businesses whenever they could during the holiday shopping season for many reasons, including the fact that independent businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local nonprofits than chains do. (Source: American Independent Business Alliance.) Fast-forward one year and while the economy didn’t crash, things certainly are not better. Not enough stimulus, Obama. (It’s a perfectly good s-word. Why abandon it?) Hey, Congress: Your No. 1 job is not to raise funds for reelection. The purpose of government is not to cater to big business, Wall Street and their lobbyists. I’m not ready to occupy the courthouse lawn yet — what’s left of it, anyway, behind the fence — but count me among the pissed. So what can we do besides shop local? Two weeks ago I went down to Food for People

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in Eureka, the umbrella agency for all hunger-relief efforts in Humboldt County. It’s our local food bank, where people run 12 separate programs, including 17 food pantries serving individuals and families, seniors and children. I asked the question, how much worse off are we than last year? It’s only one statistic out of many, but it’s shocking: They told me requests for food are up 45 percent in one year. In one year. The North Coast Journal this year is teaming up with KHUM radio to raise awareness and collect food and money for Food for People. The week after Thanksgiving — Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2 — KHUM will again be doing live, remote broadcasts from grocery stores throughout the county, handing out information and collecting money and food. (Next week we will publish the store locations and times.) The Dec. 1 edition of the North Coast Journal will carry a special four-page insert — a report to the community from Food for People. All 21,000 copies of the Journal that week will also contain an envelope for you to donate directly to hunger relief. You can take your envelope with you when you go shopping for groceries at one of the KHUM live-remote locations, or you can drop your donation directly into the mail. We realize that getting food to hungry people won’t repair the underlying rot that leaves so many in need and desperate. We promise the Journal will keep on examining why so much has gone so wrong, and what can be done to fix it. But we also want to do our part to help. Journal readers and KHUM listeners are a generous bunch. We’d also like to thank Times Printing for helping print the envelopes and our great press crew partners, Western Web, for generously inserting those pesky envelopes at no charge. Two weeks, people. Watch for the envelope.

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relieving mattresses and pillows. Visit our showroom and feel why a Tempur-Pedic is the most loving gift you can give. Nobody sells Tempur-Pedic for less, guaranteed! Living Styles, 2nd & A, facing the bay, Eureka. 443.3161

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With every new computer and Applecare between now and Christmas, Simply Macintosh offers your choice of several free gifts and discounts on select computer accessories. We also carry the new iPad and the latest iPods. On the Arcata Plaza at 837 H St. 825-7100. www.simplymacintosh.com

Leaping frogs, fish and lizards! Check out our critters for kids corner and make that special little someone smile! Are you a one-stop shopper? Be advised—Miller Farms has gifts for the whole family. Hoppy Holidays! :) from the staff at Miller Farms. 1828 Central Ave., McKinleyville. 839-1571 ext. 5. www.millerfarmsnursery.com


Santa knows if you’ve been hydrating properly, so don’t chance it. Takeya glass water bottles are durable, toxin free, and (most importantly) cool looking. Have some class, drink from glass. The Beneficial Living Center, 148 South G St. in Arcata. 633-6125 www.beneficiallivingcenter.com

Abraxas Jewelers in Old Town Eureka offers a variety of creative artisans: David Tishbi (spinner rings) is one of our most creative designers. Beautiful Mokume Gane engagement rings and bands: Ideal Cut Diamonds. Unique designs to compliment your individual style. Be Creative… Be Different… Make this holiday season memorable with a gift of love from Abraxas. Abraxas Jewelers, 425 3rd St., Eureka, 443-4638. abraxasjewelers.com

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The Ferndale Emporium is your exclusive North Coast source for the popular Vera Bradley handbags and luggage. Your favorite Crabtree and Evelyn fragrances and fine jewelry from famous La Vie Parisienne are among the many items available. Shipping available. 344 Main St., Ferndale. 786-9877. Open 7 days, 10-5.

Bring one of the Redwood Coast’s most highly regarded food and wine experiences to someone you love this holiday season with a gift certificate to Carter House Inns and Restaurant 301. Dine at the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning Restaurant 301; purchase a special wine or celebratory Champagne from the 301 Wine Shop; or just escape to a fun overnight in a luxurious room at Carter House Inns. Located at 301 L St. in Old Town Eureka. Call 444-8062 to make reservations, or visit us online at www.carterhouse.com.

The new Humboldt Artist Gallery in the Morris Graves Museum of Art is the ideal place to find unique one-of-a-kind gifts made by Humboldt County artists currently working in our region. The Humboldt Artist Gallery is located inside the Morris Graves Museum of Art at 636 F St. in Eureka. Open Wed. through Sun., noon-5pm, 442-0278.

Get connected with Yamaha’s RX-A710 receiver. Connect to internet music services. Connect your iPod. Connect to your home network. Connect your TV & Blu-Ray with HDMI. This video upconverting receiver does it all; plus Multizone 7.1 Channel Cinema Surround Sound, and Yamaha’s unparalleled attention to engineering detail. It’s yours for $589 at Sound Advice, the home cinema experts, at 5th & D in Downtown Eureka. 442-4462.

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Imagine is a salon, a makeup and skin care store. The full lines of Bare Escentuals Mineral Make Up, Jane Iredale, M D Formulations, Dermalogica, and specialty bath, body & hair care products fill the shelves. We also offer application demonstrations of Bare Escentuals Mineral Make Up. The qualified staff can answer all your questions. If you don’t know what to give, an Imagine gift certificate is always welcome and can be used toward cosmetics, hair care products, gifts or a massage. Imagine, 523 F St., Eureka. 445-1998.

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Filson has offered "Better Outdoor Clothing" since 1897, and Picky, Picky Picky is proud to carry this well made, American brand. Heavy wools, rugged cotton, and genuine bridle leather combine to create clothing that after 100 years continues to operate under the slogan, "might as well have the best." From wool pants, vests, and jackets to cotton button-up shirts, belts and luggage for men and women. In Eureka, corner of 6th and E Streets. 444-9201. continued on next page northcoastjournal.com • NORTH COAST JOURNAL • THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

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Camo to bling and everything in between, Great Western Clothing Co. has family and horses covered. We’ve got it from the perfect designer purse for your favorite cowgirl to the Wrangler® jeans for your cute little buckaroo! New holiday shipments arriving daily. We’re not just country anymore... Great Western Clothing Company 4465 Broadway, Eureka, 443-9388.

Give the gift of art this holiday! The Arcata Artisans Cooperative features locally made fine arts and crafts of the highest quality. Visit our gallery to find the perfect, unique and affordable gift. We are on the Arcata Plaza at 883 H St. Our holiday hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Fridays until 8 p.m.) and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m.

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A wonderful gift idea for anyone. Benbow Hotel & Resort is offering 20% off gift certificates—in any amount. For example, purchase a $100 gift certificate for only $80 or $500 for only $400. Open all year. Good for holidays, future getaways, special occasions, birthdays and anniversaries. 445 Lake Benbow Dr., Garberville. 1-800-355-3301. www.benbowinn.com

has over 150 different carefully selected calendars to choose from, not to mention books for all ages: children’s books, field guides, hiking guides, cookbooks, biographies, history, spirituality, gardening … and lots of outstanding fiction. On the Plaza at 853 H St., Arcata. 826-7311.

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is your holiday gift shop too! Cheeses for appetizers, delicious local wines with dinner, sauces to savor, cookies for dessert, and jam for breakfast. Wildberries, your supermarket of choice, carries everything for your holiday celebrations. 747 13th St. Arcata, 822-0095.

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Holly Yashi Store offers table linens in beautiful harvest colors. Find seasonal aprons, table decor, kitchen towels and cookbooks. Add holiday glow with amber glass candlesticks and deliciously scented Voluspa candles. Come see the many sophisticated and whimsical holiday (and hostess) gifts we offer! Holly Yashi Store, 1300 9th St., Arcata. Mon.-Sat., 10-6. www.hollyyashi.com

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It’s too expensive to take the woman of your dreams to Paris for the holidays, so lavish her with French made Parisianesque jewelry. Catherine Popesco and crew use French molds and stamps with Austrian crystal to create earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Bedazzle her this holiday season and you’ll want to continue the tradition! Carl Johnson Co. 3950 Jacobs Ave. (one mile north of Eureka off Hwy. 101) 443-4851. www.carljohnsonco.com


The Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival, Dec. 2, 3 & 4 at Redwood Acres is celebrating 31 years of fine crafts, music and holiday fun. Over 100 hours of music and dance will be performed in 5 halls stuffed to the brim with handmade gifts, gourmet foods and holiday cheer. Friday, noon-9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free after 5 p.m. or when you bring a new toy for the Eureka Firemen’s Toy Drive. Admission good for the whole weekend. Kids and seniors free.

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Abraxas Shoes & Leather is carrying the Frye boot line this holiday season. Featuring the Taylor Ring pull with a double dose of heritage rings secured in place by leather straps that criss, then cross. Discreet zipper for easy wearing. Gift certificates available. Located in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. 786-4277.

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Give the gift of skin care with our Organic Yam & Pumpkin Peel. This treatment reduces pigmentation and fine lines with all-natural enzymes increasing collagen production, and will leave your skin firm and radiant. A series of 6 weekly treatments will have you feeling and looking refreshed this holiday season! Soul to Soul Spa & Foot Bar. 854 10th St., Arcata. 822.SOUL (7685). soultosoulspa.com

Know someone always on the edge of adventure, splashing through muddy trails on a mountain bike, paddling around the bay or hiking through the Trinity Alps? Bundle them up in Smart Wool, Point6, and Teko socks for warm, high performance sockware from Adventure’s Edge. For loungeware, look to Acorn sheepskin slipons and relax. One block north of the Arcata Plaza at 10th and F St. 822-4673 and now in Eureka at 125 West 5th St. 445-1711. Celebrating 41 years! www.adventuresedge.com

At Ten Window Williams Jewelers we are celebrating over 80 years of business. We carry a wide variety of jewelry from modern and contemporary to traditional and timeless. We also have an extensive collection of estate jewelry where you can find vintage and antique jewelry from all eras. Visit us this holiday season and step back in time to traditional values, service and quality. We are on the corner of 3rd & E St. in Old Town Eureka. 442-2938.

Steel redwood tree key fobs, pre-wrapped and ready to go. $15 each. Made by master blacksmiths in California. Another product from The Blacksmith Shop located in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. 786-4216. www.ferndaleblacksmith.com. PayPal friendly. Locally hand-made shopping bags are available at

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and ready for strolling through town this holiday season. There’s even still time to come down to our store and take one of our gift making workshops, where you could make one of these bags yourself for you or someone on your list. See the Journal’s Workshops and Classes for more information. 426 Third St. Old Town, Eureka. 497-6237. www.origindesignlab.com.

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Light up your holidays with Golden Bee Candleworks. Made locally in our Eel River Valley workshop, these 100% pure beeswax candles burn cleanly and leave no smoky residue. A natural gift with rich presence that does not impact our landfills. Located at 451 Main St., Ferndale. 786-4508. www.goldenbeecandleworks.com continued on next page northcoastjournal.com • NORTH COAST JOURNAL • THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

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Fabric Temptations’ unique and charming shop offers beautiful textiles, cottons, fabulous batiks, yarns, gifts, sewing and knitting accessories and classes. As one of the finest fabric and yarn shops in the country, we carry organic cotton, hemp, wool, Mission Falls, Brown Sheep, Green Mountain Spinnery and Cascade Folkwear, trims, flannel, linen, silks and velvets. Visit us just off the Plaza at 942 G St., Arcata, phone and fax 822-7782.

A dazzling rainbow of Austrian crystals catch the light from Firefly Jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings crafted by Guatemalan artisans are available at Ferndale Abraxas Jewelry. Gift certificates and other elegant jewelry, hats and clothing accessories available. Come visit our treasure trove in the Victorian Village of Ferndale. 505 Main St. 786-4288.

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- sends 3 times more money back into our local economy than shopping at chain stores. - builds community — you’ll probably run into someone you know or make friends with your favorite shopkeeper. - gives the community its oneof-a-kind personality by keeping unique businesses afloat. - puts less stress on our roads and other public utilities, thereby keeping taxes lower. - makes “green” sense — local stores are closer to the consumer, creating less traffic and pollution.


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