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  • Page 22 Wednesday, November 24, 2010 The Southern Illinoisan

  • HOLIDAY WISHES

    The Southern Illinoisan Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Page 33

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    special.thesouthern.comMake them happy.

    Make it easy.Save money, gasoline, timeby finding really cool giftsright here in Southern Illinois

    BY ADAM TESTATHE SOUTHERN

    Holiday shopping can beoverwhelming.

    With so many loved ones looking forthe perfect gift, each with their owntastes, the task can become daunting.While some may be quick to run to thecity, where they can find every storetheyd need in close proximity, localbusiness owners in Southern Illinoiscontinue to stress the importance ofshopping locally.

    The region plays host to a variety ofspecialty shops, creating an opportunityfor those individuals willing to thinkoutside the big box stores to find the items on their wish lists and more.

    We have had an increasing number oftelephone inquires about where to buylocal products. To me, thats a goodsign, said Debbie Moore, executivedirector of the Carbondale Conventionand Tourism Bureau. In this economy, Icant think of anything more importantthan shopping at home and in ourbackyard.

    Business owners from throughoutSouthern Illinois cite a variety ofreasons to support shopping locally:money circulates at least three timeslocally rather than being wired out ofstate, financial savings on gas and travelexpenses and superior customer service,among others.

    Most any item that can be found in the big city can also be foundsomewhere in Southern Illinois, the

    business owners say.Were just trying to offer big city

    shopping at a local level, said RobBisching, owner of Your Jeweler inCarterville.

    But for many, its the service andSouthern Illinois hospitality that draw shoppers into businesses fromdowntown districts to outlet malls.

    You get better customer service, andyoure saving money by not traveling tothe big city, said Becky Stokes, owner ofThe Apple Tree in Carbondale. We havecustomers comment all the time thatour things are nicer than what they havein St. Louis or Chicago.

    adam.testa@thesouthern.com618-351-5031

  • Page 44 Wednesday, November 24, 2010 The Southern Illinoisan

    Quilting &Fabric

    Department

    Holiday Garlands & Alpine Trees to Decorate Country Home Decor

    House & Garden Flags Windchimes

    Christian Book & Gifts Fresh Bulk Candy

    Peanut Brittle BonBons Peanut Clusters,

    Orange Slices Zagnut

    Baseball and Softball Equipment Officals Clothing

    & Equipment Mizuno, Rawlings, Wilson,

    Louisville Slugger. Screen Printing,

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    Open Sundays in DecemberDec. 5 - 11:30-6

    Santa Arrives in Nashville at 4:00Dec. 12 & 19 - 11:30-3

    CollectiblesFinding unusual, specialty items isnt hard to do

    While on the hunt for the idealholiday gift, seeing the same items indifferent stores and watching thecurrent trends lay claim to shoppingcarts throughout the venue can leaveone feeling uninspired or unoriginal.

    In these instances, turning away fromthose shops and seeking out smaller,specialty shops with unique productlines can offer a breath of fresh air.

    Stores like The Apple Tree inCarbondale offer customers a widearray of products to choose from,including large-scale decorations andstocking stuffers with a variety of priceson the tags.

    Popular items at the store for thisholiday season include

    LittleMissMatched brand products, acompany specializing in clothes thatdont meet the traditional style ofmatching; fiber-optic light-uptapestries; and a variety of gourmetfoods and candies, which always sellwell for the holidays, said owner BeckyStokes.

    If someone comes in, well help themfind that perfect something, she said.

    Mark Alexander, co-owner of Etceterain Marion, said his store specializes inoffering a higher-end product to aSouthern Illinois audience. FromWaterford crystal to Lampe Bergerfragrances, the store offers a productline unrivaled by any other locallyowned store, he said. ADAM TESTA / THE SOUTHERN

    Collectible figuresfrom The Apple Treeare often popularholiday gifts. Manyof these sets releaseinstallments eachyear, which makethem an annual gift.

    The Apple Tree2015 W. Main St.#105, Carbondale618-549-1031

    Etcetera1200 N. Market St.Marion618-997-9411

    Two Raggedy Sisters211 E. Main St.Du Quoin618-542-6644

    HOLIDAY WISHES

  • The Southern Illinoisan Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Page 55

    HOLIDAY WISHES The Gift of Relaxation

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    Gifts Theyll TreasureRecordable Storybooks

    $2995 each11 Versions Available

    Perfect to create a lasting memory

    Willow TreeWelcoming

    Spirit$48

    Many others also in stock.

    Mama Says...by Kathy Andrews

    Fincher

    from $2495

    Letter Ornaments$595

    Russell Stover Ribbon Candy

    $395

    Etcetera also offers a variety ofgourmet treats and coffees and gift setsand baskets for customers to choosefrom. Custom floral arrangements andother home accessories are alsoavailable at the shop.

    We carry extremely good qualityitems, Alexander said. We stay awayfrom trendiness.

    In Du Quoin, Two Raggedy Sistersoffers an outlet for Perry Countyshoppers. Co-owner Suzie Gerber, whoowns the store with her sister, said the

    store carries a number of giftable items ranging from homemade soycandles and lighted house displays tolinen and curtains and handmadefurniture. The furniture at the store isprimitive, sanded and stained to lookantique.

    In addition to the sisters own wares,they also rent space to 25 other vendorsoffered a variety of products for theholiday shopper.

    We have a little bit of something foreveryone, Gerber said.

    ALAN ROGERS / THE SOUTHERN

    ADAM TESTA / THE SOUTHERN

    Stores like The Apple Treein Carbondale offer anarray of holiday gift ideas,like this pillow. A set ofother decorationsaccompany this piece tocreate a snowman-themedholiday decor.

    Christmas ornaments are displayed at Etcetera Flowers and Gifts in Marion.

  • HOLIDAY WISHES

    Food & Wine Dont go generic; share a trulypersonal taste of the regionSouthern Illinois has always been

    known for its intrinsic beauty andhistory, but the regions wine and foodindustry has been developingexponentially and now, more than ever,offers a viable source of holiday gifts.

    While late fall and winter may notseem like a prosperous time forSouthern Illinois orchards, as most ofthe regions trees have lost their livesand dont appear very fruitful, butRendleman Orchards owner Betty Sirlessaid the season is actually a bustling onefor business.

    The Alto Pass orchard will be openthrough Dec. 19 selling a variety oflocally produced food products andshipping their specialty apples and giftbaskets around the country. With fivetypes of apples and a vast array ofsupporting products to choose from,customers are offered a nearly endlesslist of options.

    People want a taste of SouthernIllinois, and nothing says that likeapples, she said. The big thing with usis letting people make their ownchoices. A lot of the people coming inhere are picking things out for someonespecial with the own uniquepreferences.

    Customization is also key for MindyCarter, owner of Anna-based HeartlandGift Baskets. Her business, whichprimarily operates through its website,heartlandgifts.net, sells specialtybaskets featuring a variety of items likegourmet chocolates, candies, cheesesand crackers produced by smallbusinesses across the United States.

    Customers are able to choose from anumber of pre-constructed basket ideasor to compile their own creations fromthe gourmet goods, wines and otheritems. The baskets are then givenpersonalized treatment and hand-designed presentations.

    Theyre not mass produced, Cartersaid. We make them all right here.

    And for those looking to share thewonder of Southern Illinois wine,heading straight to the source is alwaysan option. Each of the regions wineries

    sells its own products, and AltoVineyards in Alto Pass also sellsspecialty baskets for the holiday season.

    Alto representative Seth Blickhan saidthe baskets are also customizable withdifferent win

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