5 Local Stores With Gifts for Everyone on Your List This Season
The holiday shopping season is already in full swing, but if you’re stumped on what to get your friends, family and office Secret Santa this year, there’s still plenty of time to find just the right present. The locally owned shops in Conshohocken’s charming downtown have pulled out all the stops for the holidays this year. Take one look at postcard-perfect Fayette Street and it’s easy to see why a stroll down this main strip beats out clicking between browser tabs online. The annual tree lighting ceremony on November 29 and winter wonderland holiday party on December 14 could come straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie, complete with Santa waving from atop a fire truck. Visit these five stores — located just off the Manayunk/Norristown line — and you’ll feel the holiday spirit while checking errands off your list.
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Located on the northern stretch of Fayette Street, Xtra just celebrated its grand opening in Conshy this fall. Find a mix of clothing, decor and accessories just waiting to get wrapped up, plus an entire back room filled with hand-painted, restored furniture from Main Street Vintage. Chances are you’ll cross at least one person off your list with a cute vegan leather crossbody or a cozy sweater.
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Wander south and you’ll hit Sanctuary Blu, an art and home decor shop that curates ethically sourced wares from local and international artists. Owner Natalie Bar also planned a full slate of holiday activities this season, including an “upside-down Christmas exhibit” that will collect supplies and raise funds for the local food pantry. Sign up for the BYOB holiday wreath-making class on December 11 at 7 p.m. ($55 per person) to take home your own handmade present or drop the kids off for a festive fiber arts class on December 8 at 10 a.m. ($20 each) where they can make a secret surprise gift you’ll actually want to display.
Coll’s Custom Framing & Gallery
Last-minute shoppers can still nab personalized presents from Coll’s Custom Framing just next door. The family-owned business offers same-day, archival-quality framing all the way up until Christmas Eve. Simply provide the vacation photo, kids’ artwork, wedding portrait, concert poster, sports jersey, ticket stub, or any other cherished item you want to display — such as the piece pictured above from Philly-based artist Julia Max Designs. Caught empty-handed? Check out the selection of local artwork in stock for one-of-a-kind prints.
Pop into Flocco’s on the southern end of Fayette Street for shoes, clothing and formalwear. Opened in 1926, the family business has outfitted the local area in more than nine decades worth of fashion. Browse pro sports merch for all of the Philly fans on your list or pick up a pair of plush slippers or sturdy workboots. Bonus: Get $10 off $75 or more when you mention Philly Mag.
Edwards Freeman Nut Company
Just off the main strip on Hector Street, Edwards Freeman Nut Company has sold peanut products in one form or another for more than 100 years. Stop in for chocolate-covered treats (including pretzels, potato chips and caramels), retro candy and jam-packed gift baskets. In between picking out stocking stuffers and hostess gifts, don’t resist the temptation to try something sweet yourself.
Make this holiday shopping season special by supporting the local businesses in Conshohocken. Learn more about visiting Conshy here.This is a paid partnership between Greater Conshohocken Economic Development Corporation and Philadelphia Magazine's City/Studio