As the holiday season approaches, it is easy to struggle to keep a sense of peace and calm. The busy season brings pressures, with mental lists of things to do, endless food shopping and party planning. One way to navigate an easier path, is shopping local for those gift items on your holiday lists. Try this treasure-hunting guide of interesting finds for those on your gift lists. We’ve also included a food pitstop for you to keep up your energy.
Fragrant Air Purifier
An art gallery featuring home furnishings and accessories, gifts, jewelry and clothing in Seaside’s Ruskin Place, An Apartment in Paris is reminiscent of a rustic Parisian apartment with contemporary home décor. The cheery potted flowers on the front porch hint of the eclectic shopping experience awaiting beyond the front door. Inside, the boutique is laid out like a tiny apartment, with Parisian-inspired art, lamps, dishes and more.
The shop features Maison Berger Paris elegant colored burner lamps and a wide variety of perfumes to purify the air with a pleasing fragrance. With exotic scents, including oriental star and ylang’s sun, and refreshing linen blossom and fresh green grass, the variety is abundant. Prices range from $35 to $650.
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A Timely Gift
As independent book stores become more elusive, Sundog Books remains a popular neighborhood book store that also serves the community as a restful spot to sit and leaf through a few pages. The store also sells newspapers, magazines, games, calendars and greeting cards. For more than 30 years, Sundog has been a vision of eclecticism; a collection of classic and new literature, unique gifts, and distinctive stationery, all bundled into the warm atmosphere.
Just in time for 2020, Sundog features Japanese company Good Morning’s whimsical papercraft calendars in fun shapes like flowers, farm animals, cityscapes and even a porch swing. “I give one to my mother-in-law every Christmas,” says Sundog staffer Kathy Clemmons. “And they make great stocking stuffers and teacher gifts.” $25.
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Local Inspired Art
Ruskin.Studio, newly open in Ruskin Park, is a unique gallery, an artist collective, that supports the local art culture, embracing the role of the artist as a vital component of the community. The acclaimed featured artists and their local inspired art, along with hands-on workshops, create experiences that preserve memories and the moments that matter — captivating the feeling of being part of the Seaside.
Ruskin.Studio and its board of distinguished artists select local artists and feature their original art work influenced by Seaside and surrounding beach communities. One weekend a month, aspiring artists are invited to display their work — creating an incubator for new artists.
Original paintings, watercolor, pottery and canvas art are part of the art collection. Iconic art, photos and images are displayed on various exclusive products (candles, jewelry, ornaments, framed prints, etc.) all to illicit memories of their experience in Seaside.
Outside the gallery, the parallel rows of trees in the park make for an intimate and comfortable setting, allowing artists and visitors to embody a creative one-of-a-kind experience.
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An Energy Boost for More Shopping
Ji Shi (pronounced jee shee in Mandarin), which means quick or instant food, offers quick, clean and honest food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will find items such as açaí bowls or golden milk oatmeal topped with mulberries or bee pollen at breakfast and fresh sushi, poké, and small plates during lunch and dinner. Ji•Shi Ki•chn offers indoor, outdoor and counter seating, which is a fantastic spot to watch people and plates come and go while you sip on a glass from the extensive wine menu.
The Bulgolgi is a dish featuring traditionally marinated wagyu beef over sushi rice with bibb lettuce, bell peppers, pickled carrots, cucumbers and kimchi.
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