Nov 27, 2017
by Vesta Copestakes
Small Shops of Sonoma County is an annual TRADITION that goes back 15 years. Like all traditions, we like to be consistent - that’s part of what makes it areal tradition. The consistency here is supporting locally-owned businesses who support our local economy by keeping your money right here at home.
This year, the last few months have a been a serious challenge for small business owners. The fires kept customers away long enough to impact owners’ ability to pay rent, purchase products, etc. People also gave a lot of money away...first to hurricane victims, then to fire victims right here at home.
That means that shoppers are especially reluctant to spend more money they don’t have. Many people couldn’t go to work, some lost jobs along with the businesses they worked for. That fire did more damage then just burning land, homes, and buildings. There are no funds for lost business from natural disasters, so we will do our best to make this holiday the best it can be, and look forward to repairing the damage and moving on.
Please look at the CENTER MAP (below) to find your way across the county to the small businesses who are on the same mission we are…keeping our local economy strong. They read the Gazette, so they know exactly why we publish this guide to holiday shopping. We don’t just tell you to go buy stuff - we provide inspiration on gifting in ways that support our home and families. Please see our Holiday Craft Fair Guide on pages 14 & 15, and our Great Holiday Events Calendar in the December Gazette and online at SonomaCountyGazette.com for FUN Holiday events.
Our preference is to inspire you with ideas on how you can contribute to people’s lives, our community, and still find a gift for someone you care about. People love presents wrapped in pretty paper and ribbons. But it doesn’t have to be something to dust and figure out where to place. It can be an experience.
With that in mind, Aleta Parseghian and Amy Calhoun researched ways to spend time with people, offer them a gift of something they don’t normally do or can’t normally afford, teach someone a new skill, etc.
And we always encourage you to find gifts that are locally made. Sonoma County is home to amazingly creative people, from musicians to fine artists. Our co-op galleries are the best places to find unique gifts you will never find in a chain store. Please look online for the Gazette’s Art Galleries of Sonoma County created by Su McMurtry for our October edition - and online under LOCAL GUIDES at SonomaCountyGazette.com. And while you are on our website, please see our LOCAL GUIDES to Jewelers, Flower Shops, Bike Stores, Garden Businesses and more.
We want to be your resource for shopping where our community benefits the most.
Please see links(below) to all our 2017 articles on ideas for giving gifts this year...experiences top the list!
Here's the full Small Shops 2017 Holiday Guide in the Flip the Pages version of our print edition: http://online.flipbuilder.com/opcf/slag/mobile/index.html
Dec 18 – Deadline for 3 Day Select shipments.
Dec 20 – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments.
Dec 22 – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments.
Dec 14 – Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (Mail) shipments & Christmas Cards
Dec 19 – Deadline for First Class Mail
Dec 20 – Deadline for Priority Mail shipments.
Dec 22 – Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments.
Dec 18 – Deadline for Home Delivery and Ground Delivery shipments.
Dec 22 – Deadline for 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments.
Dec 23 – Deadline for Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight
International info: fedex.com
Military Mail: APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs:
ZIP Express 1st Cls Priority Airlift Spc Avail Grnd
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Every year for the last 8 years, Leslie Curchack has published a calendar of her photographs and donated the proceeds to Daily Acts, a nonprofit sustainability group started by Trathen Heckamn 17 years ago. The whole point of Daily Acts is to be conscious of the impact we have on our planet and on the lives of others. By living consciously and acting in accordance with the principles of supporting a sustainable life, every day we contribute to the health and well-being of everyone and our home. Read more...
Season & Performance Tickets make great holiday gifts. Slip them inside a glass with a bottle of wine, beer, cider, a box of locally made food, a jar of popcorn kernels, wrapped around candy bars, whatever creative way you care to dress up a small package with a large experience inside. Read more...
The holidays are all about gift giving, right? Buy every family member and friend something they may or may not need as a way to show them that you love them. Make sure there aren’t any empty spaces under the tree. Fill that stocking to the brim. Get your kids every single toy on their wish list. You’ll make room for it all somehow. Read more...
Let’s be honest, not all of us enjoy holiday shopping. Actually, some of us dread it. The stress of crowds, finding parking, waiting in lines, being assaulted by fluorescent lights and pushy customers is enough to give you an anxiety attack. Read more...
A few weeks after the fires were over, I attended a wedding reception for one of my cousins in the East Bay. She was registered at a high-end department store. Read more...
Nature creates the best gifts! Fall-planted bulbs are now available in our local nurseries*, and there are many ways to plant and gift them. Here are 3 easy and lovely ways. Read more...
This is a GIFT of your TIME to help RESTORE Sonoma County. You’ll have FUN outdoors, and chances are, you’ll meet wonderful people in the process. Read more...
Celebrate the season with gifts for everyone on your list and support local artists and crafts people. Check out our comprehensive list of holiday craft fairs throughout Sonoma County. Read more...
People who have been reading our Small Shops Guides for the last 15 years know that we want you to support the small businesses who make this guide possible. PLEASE SHOP with OUR ADVERTISERS... and tell them you are in their store because you saw their ad in the Gazette.
5 -Bulb Bliss
At Farmers Markets & by Appt.
7 -Cloverdale Nursery
216 So. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
11 - Galleria
3692 Bohemian Hwy. #3, Occidental
26 - Positively Fourth Street
628 Fourth St., Santa Rosa
38 - Wild Birds Unlimited
71 Brookwood Ave., Santa Rosa
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