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Carbondale a hub for holiday shopping

Dear Editor:

This is becoming something of a tradition, but I wanted to remind my fellow Carbondale-area residents about the bountiful opportunities for holiday shopping right here in town.

There is affordable, beautiful art – from ceramics to paintings to textiles to jewelry – available at art studios like SAW and galleries like the Clay Center. And of course the 3rd Street Center is stuffed full of artists and their wares.

We have two shops that sell bicycle and nordic skiwear and equipment on Highway 133.

There are great consignment stores scattered all over our community, from the corner of 133 and Cowen Drive to Main Street.

Cedar Rose’s excellent green building and home-improvement-amenities shop at Main and Snowmass always has great gifts. And I bet you can find some cool stuff out at Planted Earth on Highway 82.

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A bottle of wine or other spirits makes a great gift, and there are fantastic liquor stores on Main Street, along Highway 133 and out at Catherine Store.

We’ve got high-end women’s clothing and really cool leather wear and amenities with LuLu Bell and San Juan Leathers, between Fourth and Third on Main. A great antiques and home amenities store is just down the way. And don’t forget Harmony Scott down at Second and Main. We’ve got running shoes and two fly-fishing shops along 133.

And what about giving food? Gift certificates from our local eateries are always a great gift, and what a selection we have – burgers galore from Fatbelly to the Pour House to the Red Rock Diner (with the Pour House and Red Rock offering a lot more). Phat Thai. Eco-Goddess. Russets. Six89. Mi Casita. Heidi’s. Ghandi’s. Dos Gringos. El Horizante. White House Pizza. Peppinno’s. Uncle Pizza. And so many more! (And if you’re looking for great Mexican food and other items, there’s always Garcia’s.)

I urge everyone to take a look around Carbondale before trekking out of town or logging on to the Internet for their shopping. Because if you spend a dollar here with a locally owned business, your money is going to support your neighbors, your friends and your broader community.

Allyn Harvey

Carbondale