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Stuffed animals with collegiate teams like Auburn and Georgia are available at Just Sports and Tennis. Photos by Kim Sloan, Rome NewsTribune

Just Sports and Tennis has something for the whole family

By Kim Sloan Staff Writer KSloan@RN-T.com

Uncertain about what to get the tennis fanatic or avid runner in your family for Christmas? Just Sports and Tennis at 296 West Third St., located across from the RomeFloyd Tennis Center in Rome, has plenty of items for the athletes in your family. From the many tennis rackets and athletic shoes to clothing that fits even the smallest athletes, the store is a buffet of ideas for the perfect Christmas gift and a few stocking stuffers. “Rome, Georgia is a great town for sports activities,� storeowner Steve Grissett said. “That’s why tennis, running, cycling, golf and all those individual sports do so well.� And that drives Grissett to make sure he has everything for the sports enthusiasts. The wall near the

entrance of the store is lined with tennis rackets and accessories. “We have rackets for everyone from beginners to tour players,� Grissett said. “We also have rackets for racquetball and badminton.� One side of the store is dedicated to tennis clothing and accessories for women. From racket covers sporting a University of Georgia logo or feminine covers in pastel colors to flouncy tennis skirts, any tennis enthusiast will find something to love. For a man looking to get the perfect outfit for his tennis-loving wife, he can come in and make a purchase. If his wife doesn’t like it, he just needs to keep the receipt and she can return it. “Whatever wins them (the husbands) some points, we’re all for it,� Grissett said. The back of the store is a showcase of running shoes for all ages and activity levels. Grissett offers a free “foot analysis� to customers

so they can decide what shoes fit best. “A lot of doctors send their patients over here,� Grissett said. Socks, wristbands and

Tennis rackets (top) and athletic shoes are among the many items available for gifting at Just Sports and Tennis.

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hats are plentiful, and can be used as stocking stuffers. For those aiming high, the store has a selection of Timex watches and heart monitors that will fit perfectly into a stocking.

Stuffed animals with popular collegiate teams are also featured. If you can’t decide on the perfect gift? Purchase a gift certificate. For more about Just Sports and Tennis, call 706-291-0752 or visit www. justsportsasndtennis.com.

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Turn to the experts By Daniel Bell Staff Writer DBell@RN-T.com

It’s that time of year again. The national retailers have already sent out their hottest toy guides for the holidays, and most of them are near 100 pages and full of more stuff than most parents can wrap their adult brains around. It’s an interesting challenge for parents, trying to decide what their children might discover once they unwrap their gifts this year. Angel Vee, a mother of three kids still young enough to play with toys, said she always turns to an out-of-town friend of hers who works in a toy store. “Yeah, you can ask your kids and guarantee you they will have all the answers, but wouldn’t you like to do it yourself and surprise them?” said Vee. The owner of Ginger’s in downtown Rome said the best bet for little girls will always be baby dolls. She sells a lot of Lee Middleton baby dolls every year, a life-like toy that children adopt from a nursery while wearing scrubs. It’s as much an experience as it is a gift. For more mainstream toy ideas, Vee recommends the Toys-R-Us “Fabulous 15,” an annual list produced by the toy giant that predicts what the hottest items on the season will be. Their list isn’t ranked, but simply includes 15 unique toys that appeal to a wide age

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range, as well as boys and girls. The following is the Toys-RUs list in alphabetical order: z Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse, from International Playthings, is a fold-open dollhouse, but instead of dolls, cute little critters live there. Recommended for children 4 and older. z Cuponk, from Hasbro Games, is a fairly simple but wildly popular game in which players try to throw a ball into a cup. The game comes with cards which call for various trick shots to keep things interesting. Think HORSE, but on a smaller scale. Recommended for children 9 and older. z Disney Princess and Me dolls, from JAKKS Pacific, are 18-inch Disney character dolls, recommended for children 6 and older. There are also plenty of accessories. z Disney-Pixar Toy Story 3 Imaginext Tri-County Landfill, from Fisher Price, is a plastic playset based on the movie that is recommended for children 3-6 years old. Please see TOYS 5 Rome News-Tribune

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z Loopz (BELOW), from Mattel, is a skill and memory game which challenges young minds to memorize sequences of light and sound. Recommended for children 5 and older. z Minotaurus, from LEGO Systems Inc., is a LEGO board game for kids 7-14 years old that is based on the mythical mazes protected by minotaurs. z Monster High Cleo DeNile and Deuce Gorgon doll set, from Mattel, includes both Cleo de Nile and Deuce Gorgon, the most popular and fashionable couple at Monster High. They also come with their creepycute pets: Cleo’s snake, Hissette, and Deuce’s two-tailed rat, Perseus. Two doll stands and artic-

ulated joints allow you to pose these hip monsters in several different ways. Recommended for children 6 and older. z NERF N-Strike Stampede ECS (ABOVE), from Hasbro, is a largerthan-life blaster that fires NERF darts in a rapid fashion. Recommended for children 8 and older.

z Pillow Pets, from Ontel Products Corp., are supersoft chenille plush folding stuffed animals and come in eight styles, from puppies or pandas to lady bugs or bees. Recommended for kids 3 and older. z Sing-A-MaJigs, from Mattel, are offbeat characters that children can sing along with. Every Sing-AMa-Jig has three modes of play where they chatter, sing their own song, or sing in harmony with their other Sing-A-Ma-Jig

friends. Recommended for children 3 and older. z Squinkles Cupcake Surprise! Bake Shop, from blip toys, is a playset recommended for kids older than 4. It transforms from fun vending machine dispensers to a themed playhouse. Lots of surprises are in store when kids insert the coins and twist the dial for a bubble to roll out. z Tomica Hypercity Mega Station Set, from TOMY, is another playset for children 4 and older. This one features a train and several city-themed activities.

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If you’re looking for gifts that reflect Rome and Floyd County, then the Last Stop Gift Shop should be your first stop. Dozens of Floyd County citizens have work on sale in the old train depot building that doubles as the community’s official welcome center on Jackson Hill. The 1901 depot building has undergone a complete facelift in recent weeks and has been spiffed up with a paint job and new windows. The interior has been rearranged to bring a brochure room closer to the front door. “We kind of emphasize Georgia-made products as well as local products,” said Trena Jones, “everything from 50-cent pencils to beautiful throw rugs. Local post cards with Rome landmarks new and old alike are available at the

gift shop. We really specialize in Rome items,” said Jones. If you’re interested in gifts that specifically reflect the Christmas season, A.P. Churchwell has hand carved Santas for sale. Anne Culpeper, Rome’s expert on all things associated with Myrtle Hill Cemetery, makes special hand-stitched Christmas ornaments which are sold in the shop. Rick Morris has turned wood items. The old depot building flanked by a railroad caboose houses a wide assortment of gift items that are appropriate at any time of year. Debby Brown, who works at the Chieftains Museum by day, does a variety of paintings, focusing on Rome landmarks including the Capitoline Wolf and the Rome Clock Tower. Brown also

The Last Stop Gift Shop is the place to find a Debby Brown painting (top right) and A.P. Churchwell Santas (left, right). The shop, at 402 Civic Center Drive, is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Photos by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune

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has hand painted gift boxes and children’s chairs for sale. If you’re interested in books penned by local authors, the gift shop has quite of variety, including a cookbook that was put together with recipes submitted by members of the staff at the Convention and Visitors Bureau entitled “Where Rome Cooks.” Margaret Gaylor has a cookbook for sale. The ladies of First Presbyterian Church downtown also have a cookbook for sale in the shop. Of historical interest, the late James “Hook” Bird-

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For the holidays

By Diane Wagner Staff Writer DWagner@RN-T.com

The most welcome gifts of clothing seem to combine fun with functionality, and Floyd County shoppers have a good selection to choose from right here at home. Ask Geri Cheeley what the one accessory she wants in her closet for the holiday season, and she doesn’t hesitate a mistletoe-minute. “Definitely a

Brighton accessories (TOP) at The Clotheshorse and Wee Ones hairbows (ABOVE) at Higgin’s Shoes are a few accessories that make good gift ideas. Photos by Ken Caruthers, RN-T

faux-fur vest,” the owner of The Clotheshorse says. “It’s a statement-maker.” A belted ivory version in the Broad Street store is displayed in two distinctly different ways: With skinny-legged jeans and over a classic sports dress. That stylish flexibility carries over to the long, light scarves that provide both extra warmth and zingy accents, and to the shop’s newest items — texting gloves. “They’re adorable,” Cheeley says about the brightly colored hand-warmers that leave the fingers and thumbs free. For the more traditionalminded, Higgin’s Shoes still offers its glove-soft Reiker anti-stress shoes and fleecelined Merrill hiking boots. Please see GIFTS 8

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We all know holiday shopping is not easy, which is probably why gift cards are fastly becoming known as the Christmas lifesavers. With high demand during the holiday season, these perfect plastic presents are turning up in stockings, cards, and gift boxes around the nation. According to a manager at the West Rome Walmart, Dee Evans, gift card sales increase about 400 to 500 percent during the weeks preceding Christmas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The gift cards are very convenient. I give them to my grandkids and my

daughter because they can buy anything they want with it,â&#x20AC;? she said. Not only does Walmart sell $25, $50, and $100 gift cards, but they also have uninitiated gift cards, where any amount can be loaded onto the card. Walmart gift cards do not have expiration dates or load up costs. A manager at Kroger, Andrea Braren, said Kroger sells gift cards not only for Kroger stores but also for Outback, Barnes and Noble, Target, the Cheesecake Factory, and more.

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GIFTS from 7 But the store at 428 Shorter Ave., has added the Alegria line of playful, rocker-sole clogs with designs ranging from snakeskin and fleur-delis tooling to scribbles, peace signs and hearts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kicky little comfort shoes for ladies and men,â&#x20AC;? manager Rick Harwell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of nurses and other professionals wear them. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a toneand-fit type deal; it helps with your posture because you use the right muscles when you walk in them.â&#x20AC;? For stocking stuffers, check out Higginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hairbows, dancewear and shoe inserts. Harwell said the Pedag brand inserts are the best around â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;not real big and bulky but they give a lot of support.â&#x20AC;? Monogrammed headbands and hats from Initially Twisted next to Village Theatres on Turner McCall Boulevard also fit in the stocking-stuffer category, but the must-have is the Eu-

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Paula’s Boutique on Broad Street focuses on selling girly, trendy jewelry. (Ellison Langford / Rome News-Tribune)

Let it bling, let it bling, let it bling Jewelers say customers should know what they’re buying before they buy By Ellison Langford Staff Writer

about diamonds. There are four categories that ELangford@RN-T.com determine the quality of a diamond: cut, carat, color and clarity. There are few greater plea“Diamonds are always a big hit sures than hearing that gasp of at Christmas,” Fergerson said. excitement after giving someone “Jewelry that you want to last a gift. But Rome jewelers warn needs to be well-made so that it against forking over cash for the will stand the test of time.” first thing that catches your eye. But, jewelry is not the only long“The first thing you want to lasting gift item for sale. They think about if you’re looking to have a large selection of dishware. spend your hard-earned money A line by Beatriz Ball features is learn about what you’re spend- sand-casted metal servingware. ing your money on,” said Jan And because the molds must be Fergerson, co-owner of Ford, Git- broken in order to get the piece tings & Kane on Broad Street. they form, each item is unique. The store has a room dedicatFord, Gittings & Kane carries a ed to educating its customers variety of Ball’s serving dishes

and platters. Also, the pieces are utilitarian as well as attractive because they can withstand heat up to 350 degrees, be put in the freezer and do not need to be polished. “It has been so popular with us,” said Dena Tidwell, registered jeweler and bridal consultant. “We’ve hardly had anything returned.” The store also carries classic red and white ceramic ornaments. Massey’s on the Cotton Block is also an option for luxury sparkle. Although Massey’s advertises itself as The Diamond Store, it has a large selection of unusual pearl jewelry. One line is Galatea by a Vietnamese artist. The pearl jewelry

incorporates untraditional decoration. Some have diamonds inside, representing the irritant inside an oyster that creates pearls. However, buying pearls involves more than just picking the prettiest. Like diamonds, pearls are judged by color, shape, size and luster. John Massey of Massey’s demonstrated a method of testing luster by rolling a strand of pearls on a flat surface. As you roll it under your palms, you’ll notice some of the pearls “blinking,” instead of reflecting light. Please see BLING 11

A selection of pocket watches and ladies watches are available at Ford, Gittings & Kane on Broad Street. (Ellison Langford / Rome News-Tribune)

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for those who like to indulge in sweet smelling candles, luxurious soaps and rich lotions. During the Thanksgiving weekend rush, Brewer But for those who are not athletic enthusiasts there are said the store will have a repitems for the home and kitch- resentative from the Burt’s Bees soap company who will en such as cooking mixes, give away free samples. wine glasses and other home “We try to find things, such as decor. “We offer a lot of food items soaps, made in America,” Brewer said. that come from the state and This year, an item Brewer a lot of them are local,” Brewexpect to be a good sell is soy er said. candles. The candles come in One of her favorites is Sisa variety of scents and don’t ter’s Cooking Mixes, which give off some of the fumes are made in Winder. The cooking mixes for cakes, cook- regular candles do. And the staff at Lavender ies and other items were feaMountain is ready to help custured on Oprah Winfrey’s fatomers find the perfect gift. vorite things for 2009. “It’s always funny when guys There is also merchandise

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come in. We see them looking lost, and we take them by the hand and try to help them,” Brewer said. The store offers free gift wrap and takes special care in stocking the store. “You’ll find things here you won’t find anywhere. No one else has some of these things. We take a lot of time picking them out. If we don’t love it, we aren’t going to put it in our store,” Brewer said. The store is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

cards are very popular very the holiday season. “We do very well with our gift cards. We sell a variety of merchandise, so you could use it for “Kroger gift cards are pretty any gift,” she said. popular because you can get Gift cards from Paula’s Silver anything with them. Kroger sells and Gold do not expire and have so much you can get anything no long or short-term fees. Any from gas to a TV,” she said. amount can be loaded onto the Local businesses are also taking advantage of popular demand cards. Many restaurants in Rome also for these small pieces of plastic. sell gift cards for the holidays. Paula Conaway, the owner of Jefferson’s on Broad Street Paula’s Silver and Gold, said gift

BLING from 10 This is caused by a weak spot in the nacre, the substance an oyster forms around an irritant to create a pearl. But Massey doesn’t only sell pearls. “We’ve found that we’ve got a lot of interest in black diamonds and chocolate diamonds,” Massey said. Massey also has a large section of watches and a smaller section of men’s jewelry. The men’s jewelry includes wristbands that resemble metal linked watchbands. He also has money clips with space for engraving and cufflinks. Greene’s Jewelers, also on Broad Street, sells diamond and pearl jewelry, and some less expensive Southwestern-style pieces. One necklace is multi-colored

sells a gift card that can be loaded to an unlimited amount and can be used on anything on the menu, shirts and any Jefferson’s merchandise. “We usually see a pretty good increase of the sale of gift cards during the holidays. They are just great gifts and can be used for anything,” said Jennifer Givens, a manager at Jefferson’s. Also, if you buy a gift card from Long Horn, Olive Garden, or Red Lobster, the gift card can

beads and carved wooden bears. “We have a lot of beads of all kinds,” said Elaine Abercrombie of Greene’s. “We do try to carry things that will attract a broad spectrum of customers.” The store’s eclectic selection includes class rings and watches. Paula’s Boutique on Broad offers gifts for the budget-minded. “The hot thing that we have right now besides initial beads is DaVinci beads and Forever in My Heart beads,” said Paula Conaway, store owner. Conaway said birth-stones and charms can be bought individually to tell a story on a bracelet. The boutique, which Conaway said focuses on selling girly, trendy items, also sells less expensive versions of designer-novelty jewelry. “I wanted to hit the people like me who wanted to look good, but didn’t have a lot of money,” Conaway said.

be purchased and used at any of the three restaurants. Although not in Rome, the gift card can also be used at Smoky Bones, Seasons 52, and Capital Grill. The limit for the gift card for these restaurants is $250 for each card and there are no expiration date or service fees. “The sales definitely go up during the holiday season. It (the gift card) is a great gift,” said Joe Mascitti, the manager of Red Lobster in Rome.

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