Gift Guide A go-to guide for area shoppers looking for great gift ideas and special holiday offers from local merchants!
Established in 2008 The Naked Bee willowtree
filled with the treasures you did not know you needed...
open every day
607-432-1020 155 Main St. Oneonta NY
GREAT GIFTS AND STOCKING STUFFERS! BBQ supplies, Brooks’ Gear Clothing, Local Maple & Honey Products, Candles, Chocolates, and more!
GIFT BASKETS! Pre-made or make your own!
Unique Holiday Gifts
BROOKS’ GIFT CARDS! Gift Cards are good at the Generations Gift Store and Brooks’ House of BBQ Restaurant!
Generations Gift Store Hours: December 6 – December 23: 11AM – 6 PM (Closed Mondays) Christmas Eve: 10 AM – 2 PM (Gift Store Only) 5560 State Highway 7 | 607.432.1782 | brooksbbq.com
HAVE YOUR HOLIDAY PARTY AT BROOKS’ ROOST BANQUET ROOM! © BROOKS’ HOUSE OF BBQ, 2016
n Shop Downtow Oneonta with 2 Locations!
166 Main St., Downtown Oneonta 607-432-2431
146 Main St., Downtown Oneonta 607-432-0480
The benefits to buying local this holiday season Holiday shopping dominates many people’s free time between the day after Thanksgiving and the final days before Christmas. While many people may shop ‘til they drop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, those days still account for a relatively small amount of the hundreds of billions of dollars that are spent each holiday season. Shoppers now have a bevy of options at their disposal as they embark on holiday shopping season. Traditional in-store retailers are still around, and online shopping continues to grow in popularity with each holiday season. But many holiday shoppers are looking to buy local this holiday season, and such a decision can pay a host of dividends for both shoppers and the communities they call home. • Buying local benefits your local economy. Studies from Civic Economics, an economics and strategics planning firm, found that independent, locally-owned retailers return a far greater percentage of their revenue into their local economies than national chain stores. One such study examined the disparity between revenue recirculation among independent, locallyowned businesses in Raleigh, North Carolina, versus four major national chains in the city. The former recirculated 51.1 percent of revenue into the local economy, while the latter recirculated less than 14 percent. Similar results were discovered in many cities, indicating that buying local not only benefits local business owners, but also the communities those owners and their customers call home. • Buying local creates jobs in your community. One of the biggest ways local business owners in Raleigh recirculated their revenue in the local economy was job creation. While national chains also create jobs, such jobs only benefit your community if the chains are located within your community. If your
local mall is a considerable drive away, chances are the chains within that mall are not employing many of your fellow community members. Local businesses in your community are more likely to employ residents of your town. • Shopping local may provide access to more unique gifts. In addition to the economic benefits of buying local, shoppers may find merchandise made by local craftsmen is more unique than mass-produced items found on the shelves of national retailers. Recipients may cherish more unique items that they cannot find on their own, and that appreciation may even spur them to visit more local retailers after the holiday season has come and gone, benefiting their own communities in so doing. • Local business may provide a more personal touch. Buying from national chains has its advantages, but customer service is not always one of them. Should your loved ones encounter problems with their gift that requires assistance, they might be forced to wait on the phone for extended periods of time as they and thousands of others wait for customer service representatives to answer their calls. Local businesses do not deal with nearly the volume of customers as national retailers and, therefore, are capable of addressing concerns more quickly and personally than large chains. Buying local not only benefits small business owners, but it also pays dividends for their customers and the communities they call home.
Pre-Cut Trees, Wreaths & Kissing Balls Fresh Pre-Cut Trees 11/26 through 12/13 FIELD cutting DECEMBER 2nd - 4th Weekdays Noon -5 p.m. - Weekends 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Lundins Tree Farm
3552 NY-7, Otego, NY Phone: (607) 988-7780
Details at Lundinstreefarm.com
This season, gift accessories from the heart, for the hearth. Big Green Egg and Eggc essories!
Hearth Rugs 23 years experience gets you the right stove at the right price for your home!
Ash Bucket Log Carriers Steamers
Serving This Area for 23 Years
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
88 Main St., Cooperstown 607-547-4403
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• Clothing & Accessories for Men, Women & Children • Blankets & Sheet Sets • Outerwear & More
Don’t forget we gift wrap too!
Fine Crafts Leather Jewelry Games
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114 Main St., Cooperstown • 607-547-5565
One card FITS ALL...
Give the gift of choice this Holiday season! Otesaga gift cards make the perfect holiday gift for virtually anyone. You can use them anywhere at the resort, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Redeem gift cards for: •
Leatherstocking Golf Course or Clubhouse Pro Shop
Hawkeye Bar & Grill
Otesaga Gift Shop
The Fire Bar
Purchase a gift card online, at the Front Desk or Hawkeye Bar & Grill.
OTESAGA.COM | (607) 547-9931
Cooperstown Natural Foods 61 Linden Ave. • Cooperstown, NY 13326 (Just past the high school)
A full-service grocery store featuring natural and organic products • • • •
Organic Produce Organic Meats Natural Supplements Natural Health and Beauty Aids • Many Gluten-free and Casein-free Foods • Vegan Ingredients Galore! • Specialty/Gourmet Items Monday-Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 9am-2pm Sunday Closed
“WE DO IT RIGHT!”
(StatePoint) Everyone has had to scurry around to find a last minute holiday gift at some point, whether you procrastinated, you were searching for the perfect gift or you forgot to add someone to your gift list, but don’t let these scenarios cause you stress. The discount experts at Dollar General are offering advice to help you find something for everyone this holiday season. Those Who Have Everything… For the family and friends who have everything, consider purchasing small decorative items for them to use around their homes. Blankets, candles, picture frames and even holiday decorations are great last-minute items recipients will enjoy. Food baskets with delicious snacks and holiday candy placed in a decorative canning jar are simple, affordable and useful items that are sure to make loved ones smile this season. Great Go-To Gift Items For recipients who are hard to shop for, gift cards and technology items are great go-to gifts. Consider headphones, DVD players and TracFones. Gift cards to favorite restaurants, retail stores and coffee shops are always a great choice, giving them freedom to choose exactly what they want. Gifts for Mom and Dad Don’t forget about mom and dad this holiday season. For Dad, save on Emerson men’s gifts like outdoor lanterns, portable tools for camping and winter clothing. You can also find sleepwear, scarves and handbags that are sure to make Mom happy this holiday. Happy holidays and happy shopping!
How to avoid the holiday shopping rush Holiday shopping can be both fun and hectic. While it’s fun to scour stores looking for can’t-miss gifts for your loved ones, shopping amongst the crowds also can prove hectic. While online shopping has made department stores somewhat less crowded come the holiday season, the National Retail Federation notes that online shopping during the 2014 holiday season accounted for just one-sixth of all holiday shopping. The opportunity to see and feel potential gifts in person compels many people to do the majority of their holiday shopping in-store, and there are ways for such shoppers to avoid the holiday shopping rush as they begin their quests for the perfect gifts. • Shop during off-peak hours. Weekends and weeknight evenings tend to be the busiest times to go holiday shopping. Professionals who have weekends off may put off their shopping during the week, choosing to do so on Saturday and Sunday afternoons when they have extra time to browse and comparison shop. Shopping off-peak hours, such as during weekday mornings or even early mornings on weekends, is a great way to avoid crowds. Parents of young children might want to take a morning or even a full day off of work to get their holiday shopping done so they can avoid shopping with their kids in tow. You can probably move around more quickly if you choose to shop while the kids are in school, and this also affords you time to find gifts for the kids. • Make a list. Knowing what you want to buy can decrease the amount of time you spend wandering around malls and stores.
The longer you linger without an idea of what to buy, the greater the chance you will be joined by fellow shoppers. If possible, call stores before you leave the house to confirm if they have certain items in stock, or buy items online from retailers who offer an in-store pickup option. Checkout lines for in-store pickup items are often separated from more traditional checkout lines, further reducing your risk of waiting in long lines. • Shop local businesses. Small local businesses may not boast the inventory of larger retailers you’re liable to encounter at the mall, but local small businesses tend to deal with thinner crowds than national stores during the holiday season. Items in such businesses may be more unique than items sold at nationwide retailers, and when you shop at smaller businesses, you likely won’t be forced to hunt for parking spots or wait on long checkout lines. • Start shopping early. Crowds only grow bigger and more impatient between Black Friday and the final days before Christmas, so shoppers who can find the time to shop before the height of the shopping season might find parking lots and checkout lines more to their liking. In addition, shopping early affords shoppers more time to find the best deals. The holiday shopping rush hits full swing in the weeks before Christmas Day, but there are many ways shoppers can get their shopping done and avoid the crowds at the same time.
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At Great Reflections you will find a hair salon that prides itself in giving individual attention to each of its clients.
GIFTS | ANTIQUES | HAIR
When you walk in you will be greeted by the owner, Donna Gaige, who has years of professional experience. As a special treat, Great Reflections now offers antiques and gifts. Located in the beautiful countryside just eight miles from historic Cooperstown, NY.
“Beauty is not in the face: Beauty is a light in the heart.” 2682 State Hw 28 | Oneonta, NY 13820 | 607-433-9900
Shop Small, Forget the Mall! Union Street, Cobleskill Music Shop
Happy Holidays! We’ll try to beat or match online prices for you ... and provide our famous local service. Instruments
A little shop, and a little different Merino wool: socks, slippers, and undergarments Wood: blanket chests, several sizes, designs and woods Bookshelves individually constructed Toys & games for kids & adults
Lessons Repairs 123 Union Street, Cobleskill 518-234-4990 www.backstreetmusicshop.com M-W 11-6, Thurs. & Fri. 11-7, Sat. 10-4
Accepting Debit & Credit Cards
117 Union Street Cobleskill 518-234-4027 wood-and-wool.com
Less expensive than online
W & Thurs. 9-5, Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-3
Harmony Acres & Partyland
We have the area’s largest selection of: • Art & Crafts Supplies • Baking Needs, including Pans and Cookie Cutters • Candy Making Supplies • Kids’ Craft Kits • Paint by Number Sets • Jigsaw Puzzles • Jewelry Making Supplies 108 Union Street, Cobleskill 518-234-3711 M-F, 9-5 Sat. 9-4 The little store with over 10,000 items many not available anywhere else
Wood & Wool
Florals, Gifts and Interior Accents
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here at Winterwood! Come on in for our fresh wreaths! Available NOW! Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am-5pm Fresh Christmas Wreaths & Centerpieces • Everlasting Swags Wreaths & Decorations • Santas • Snowmen • Ornaments Lanterns • Clocks • Stars • Candles • Accessories & More!
225 John Cook Rd., Unadilla, NY • 607-369-3205