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Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin

Shop Local in Guerenville

Nov 24, 2017
by Beth Rudometkin

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Why would you shop anywhere this season but groovy Guerneville?Our town is no longer limited to just our fabulous restaurants, wine and art galleries…have you been inside our local merchandise stores recently? If not, take a stroll down Main Street... there is something for everyone!Sonoma Nesting is my favorite place to shop for the person who has everything! Dax and Smitty are very creative and resourceful; if you cannot find it, they will hunt it down for you! Forest to the Sea Nature Store, which benefits  Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods, has such a variety of merchandise; whether it be a coffee mug from Pond Farm Pottery, children’s books and games that are all about nature and animals, puzzles and stuffed animals, jewelry or even walking sticks. Right next door is Pamper Me Bath, Body Boutique, selling not only bath salts, lotions, aromatic products, but also picnic baskets, beautiful scarves, jewelry, sunglasses and Swell bottles, socks, slippers and candles. And what child doesn’t want a Gallop & Go Pony (stick horse) for Christmas? Lark’s Drug has the Gallop & Go Pony that makes the sound of a horse! You can also find there Xmas cards, decorations, stuffed animals, jewelry, candles, beautiful scarves, prayer flags and Sister fans! Over at Kings Sport and Tackle they have 18,000 different kinds of rubber boots and socks! (really, they do!) Slippers for adults and kids, jackets, backpacks…and a groovy deal on in stock kayaks: 20% off & a free floatie with every kayak purchase. And right next door of course, we have the 5 & 10 with every toy & candy imaginable, from the past, present and future. Don’t forget Shakedown gifts & clothing over on the Plaza and June Bug Skin & Body care over on Armstrong Woods Road, with Mockingbird Books right across the street! But wait…there’s more for you groovy Santa’s out there! Head down towards the Village Shops and you will find River Queen Clothing Store, Seconds First, Glass Images (beautiful soap dishes, plates and stained glass), River Queen Collectibles, along with numerous art galleries. Speaking of the Village Shops, did you know that HR Bookeeping is now located in the same space as WithyWindle Gallery? Congratulations Holly and Robin on your new location!

The 16th Annual Parade of Lights/Holiday Extravaganza is coming soon…Thursday, November 30th is the Merchant Open House from 4-7pm and the Tree Lighting & Holiday Celebration at the Plaza begins at 5 pm. Friday, December 1st is the Prince & Princess Crowning Awards Ceremony & Dinner, being held at Trio’s Restaurant, beginning at 6pm. Community First Credit Union will be presenting the winner with a $500 Savings Bond. Contact the Chamber for more information about the dinner & how to purchase tickets. Then the big groovy finale, Saturday, December 2nd is the Parade of Lights! This year’s theme is Storybook Holiday…the Chamber has parade entry forms available at the office on the Plaza. We will have a groovy Celebrity Judge joining in the fun this year: Alison Arngrim! You may remember her asNellie, from Little House on the Prairie. Come out for a festive time at the best Parade of Lights in all of Sonoma County!

This has been a rough couple of months for all of us and our neighbors; let’s do what we do best and pull together STRONG this holiday season! Community First Credit Union and WestAmerica Bank will have the Giving/Gingerbread Trees in their lobbies, for you to choose a local child from the River to Coast Children’s Services, to purchase Christmas gifts for. How it works is you choose a gingerbread name tag from the tree, go purchase your choice of gift(s) from their wish list, wrap it up, attach the gingerbread name tag, then you place the gift under the tree from which you chose the tag. All children will receive their gifts on Christmas morning! Don’t forget the Community Christmas Dinner at the Vet’s Hall this year either; they will be needing donated turkeys and hams, so keep an eye out for these and other opportunities for you to give generously!

Have a groovy holiday! Thank you, Sister Scarlet,for sitting in last month and writing this column; we appreciate you!

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