The Holiday Faire in Frazier Park on December 4 kicked off the mountain's holiday shopping season. Local merchants are still offering wonderful gifts - but hurry! There's only seven shopping days left 'til Christmas. Get your treasure map to shopping adventure in the Shop the Mountain issue of The New Mountain Pioneer, on newsstands now.
By Michelle Maga
From the Holiday Shopping Wars Frontline:
In my travels off the hill to run errands, I inevitably did some Christmas shopping. The throngs at the mall, fighting for any open slot to squeeze my car into and rude people in line reminded me why I would rather shop up here.
Last Sunday, after a tasty breakfast at Big John’s, my husband and I popped into our newest local business— Dragonfly’s Garden. My, oh my! What a delightful surprise. Not only were we enchanted by Lucy Mantor and her husband, we were impressed with their professional and delightful shop.
It is a truly beautiful place and, though small, it was jam-packed with unique gifts, gorgeous flowers in arrangements or single stems or colorful bouquets, sweet birdhouses, houseplants and so much more.
I bought several items in the guise of Christmas gifts but so far, I can’t decide whether to let them go because they look so nice in our house!
Next stop was Chatterpillar. I had several gifts to buy for children in my own family, as well as some children on the hill who will receive anonymous gifts this year. These items leapt off the shelf to be stacked in my husband’s arms. In no time flat, we’d taken care of three more gifts for Christmas giving.
Last month I needed something special to wear to a party and Montana Joey in Pine Mountain Village had just what I was looking for. That place can be addictive! It was hard to choose just one thing, so of course I left with several gorgeous new togs.
The entire experience left me in the holiday spirit. Great conversations with our local merchants, no lines, no parking spot fights and best of all, prices that can match any off the hill.
I look forward to finishing up my last bits of shopping here in our crisp mountain air!
This is part of the December 17, 2010 online edition of The Mountain Enterprise.
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