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HOLIDAY GUIDE

Volume 3: Our Small Guide to Big Winners
Saturday is the day to support local businesses in our community! Spending just $100 locally instead of shopping online or at a national retailer means you are pumping money into our local economy and you're supporting our neighbors. Below are the "Sweet 16" - a compilation of 16 locally owned shops where you can find incredible gifts sold by your neighbors.
xoxo QueenBee
COLD WEATHER
GEAR & GOODS

The
locals at Freestyle Ski & Board Shop know the slopes  - and their selection shows their commitment to outdoor sports!  We love the brands they carry: The North Face, Helly Hansen, Obermeyer, SmartWool, Oakley, Never Summer, and many many more!  You'll love their customers service, too! Visit for skis, boards, bindings, and boots.  Don't buy online - check Freestyle first!  (they sell the Luci Light we love!!)
Visit their WEBSITE
LOCAL CHRISTMAS TREES
Visit The Market at Grelen for Virginia grown Christmas trees, holiday plants, decor, brunch, and more!
HOME ACCENTS
Leftover Luxuries isn't just your source for furniture - find vintage handbags, jewelry, art, antiques, and entertaining essentials.  Open Thursdays - Saturdays from 10am - 6pm.
MOMMAS & BABIES
Petit Bebe has everything for mommas and babies - strollers, cribs, nursery decor, maternity clothes, and baby/children's shoes and clothes galore!  We love the selection of Patagonia, Wovenplay, Stella McCartney, luxury knits, and more.

{ask about the kitten tights!!}
LINGERIE
Derriere de Soie has professional bra fitting for ladies of all shapes and sizes. Gift-givers: buy her what she wants this Christmas: sexy intimates, robes, or pajamas. They have everything from silk to flannel. [we are crushing on their Fogal hosiery - looks phenomenal with holiday dresses or Hunter Boots...]
NOT JUST PAINT
Palette Paint and Home isn't just the best source for quality paints - they carry Farrow and Ball, plus other brands you'll love! -  they have unique furniture, lamps, artwork, pillows, rugs and expert advice to make your shopping and decorating experience a treat. 
FOLLY
Looking for design advice or a simple hostess gift? Folly on West Main Street has everything!  We love their selection of custom linens and upholstery options.  Also ask about great gifts for him!
STUNNING
TIMEPIECES

Find a gorgeous selection of jewelry and watches (Phillip Stein, pictured) for women and men at Keller & George on Millmont behind Barracks Road shopping Center.
[Ask about their selection of Swiss Army timepieces and Pandora jewelry for the lady in your life!]
CHILDREN'S EMPORIUM
It's no surprise that WHIMSIES has been in business close to 30 years - they have all the clothing and shoes that babies and children need! They also carry a terrific selection of toys and books. [Ask about the Joules line of clothing and the books that are great for long car rides....]
TOO CUTE FOR WORDS
DUO on The University Corner has so much in such a petite shop. Their upstairs has gently worn, carefully curated items, many with the tags still intact. The main floor is full of statement jewelry, casual separates, cocktail dresses, cozy sweaters, affordable leggins, monogrammed gifts, and the ever-so-popular Virginia state charm necklace and Virginia patterned scarf!
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Patina Antiques, etc relocated from Ivy Road to a charming home on East High Street, with plenty of parking around back.  Visit and you'll find gifts and must-have items for your home! We're loving the rugs by Dash & Albert, creative gifts for men, the needlepoint pillows, the affordable art, the hostess gifts, and the home decor/furniture that ranges from $12-$1200!
CITY MARKET SATURDAYS
The Charlottesville City Market is still open! Visit on Saturdays from 8am - 1pm for everything homegrown or handmade.  We're excited about La Vache's new small batch bourbon/vanilla caramels.
LOCAL GEM
Suz Somersall opened a refreshing jewelry boutique in the Shops at Stonefield and we couldn't be happier with her style! Find silver and gold, and plenty of shiny things for all the ladies on your list. We adore these rings, and the stylish cuffs, too!
PARISIAN MARKET STYLE
Roxie Daisy is a magical shop brimming with linens, dishes, cookbooks, stationery, candles, gourmet goods, jewelry, art, mirrors, several fully decorated holiday trees, and so many things you'll want to keep instead of gift! [Things on our list: Nancy Bass art, letterpress cards, Mason Shaker, Erin McDermott earrings]
ALWAYS ON TREND
Scarpa is another successful Charlottesville shop - their buyers can spot quality and style a mile away. If you have anyone on your list that has fashion sense or even someone that needs help in the style department - you better get over to Scarpa.
THE SECOND YARD
Not just a fabric store - visit them for gifts, design advice, and more!  We're loving the lamps, mirrors, art, accessories, and furniture. Details HERE

GET WHAT YOU WANT

"When you see art you love, buy it that moment or you might live a life of regret!"

We love the art by Nancy Bass - see all of her work on her website
or find several of her pieces at Roxie Daisy.
THE BUZZ:  NEW SPOT IN CVILLE
 

NEW BAKERY!!

Opening any day now... stay tuned to their Facebook page for details!
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