Starting tomorrow (or tonight, though I’m not alone in my disinclination to join the fray on Thanksgiving Day) we can enjoy guiltless and creative shopping. Customs Imports in NB and Harbortown Interiors and ARS Gallery in St. Joe are just a few of my favorites.
Shopping Locally and digitally: Next Tuesday is #Giving Tuesday and one of the participating non-profits is Taltree Arboretum & Gardens at Taltree.org and virtual shopping is fine, but real shopping is better especially when perusing edited collections like Dee Dee Duhn’s at Customs Imports new lakeside location on the corner of Whittaker and the railroad tracks, just across the street from Casey’s. Not only will you find Customs’ artifacts, there is also a gourmet shop that includes an array of spices, sauces and flavorings.
One of my favorite places on Earth is Harbortown Interiors. Here’s why: I still hear from folks who adored receiving a pair of silver flip-flop snack dishes for Christmas a couple of years ago and I have never seen them before or since. Finding something perfect and original and unique is what HTI does. And there are other stores on the street, besides terrific places to eat. Jill Stone, executive director of St. Joseph Today, is making sure to throw in all the extras too. Free horse drawn trolley rides on November 29 and December 7. Visits with Santa in his house on State Street from December 7 through 22. And the St. Joseph Improvement Association’s Light Up the Bluff display features thousands of twinkling lights and holiday music in the evenings from December 6 through 31. Another favorite place for gifts is ARS Gallery where you will find “I Am The Greatest “caps and t-shirt, prints from Susan Henshaw, furniture by Floyd Gompf and Christina Root rings. Most St. Joe retailers are extending hours for the next six weeks.
Live Entertainment: Miller Beach and Gary Historian Ron Cohen---who was on npr this morning discussing the legendary high school basketball state championship that broke the color barrier and is being memorialized at the Genesis Center in Gary tomorrow---will be giving a lecture and introducing the film “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” next Friday December 6th at 7 pm at the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, 540 S. Lake St.
And playwright Vicki Quade sends a reminder that her seasonal “Christmas Bingo” show will run six weeks only through the holiday season, starting November 29, at the Royal George Theatre, Chicago. Performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. For more information, go to the web site: www.christmasbingo.info. As she says, you don’t have to be Catholic to enjoy these shows. But it pays to love bingo!