This is certainly the week when most people ramp up their Christmas shopping. Black Friday, "Gray Thursday", and Small Business Saturday all happen this week. And East Grand Rapids shopping district, Gaslight Village, is taking things to the next level on Black Friday making it an event for the whole family.
Head down to the center of the square at Bagley and Wealthy at 6:30 for the annual tree lighting ceremony. Santa will be on hand with live reindeer and there will be hot chocolate to keep you warm. Then head into all the local great shops where you can surely find a gift for nearly everyone on your list.
Dear Prudence is an adorable boutique full of unique, often local, jewelry and accessories. The variety is huge from classic to trendy to funky and everything in between. Some of her products can even be customized for that special person on your list. I was surprised how reasonably priced everything was in the store and will definitely be stopping by anytime I need something to jazz up an outfit.
Hot Mama is not just for mamas. It is for anyone who wants to grab the latest trends from some of the hottest brands. Selling far more than just clothes, you can find shoes, shapewear, accessories and most of all great, personal service.
L.Marie & Company really is one stop shopping for the sophisticated woman on your list. Gorgeous home decor, classy clothing, and the one of the only retailers in the area to carry Naot shoes. If you thought shoes that offer support and comfort and are made for hard to fit feet had to look like orthopedic shoes, you are mistaken. These shoes are trendy and gorgeous. So much to chose from.
Mason Jones is the store I want to live in. Or at least buy everything in it to come live in my home. Gorgeous home decor, tableware, furnishings and gifts including design from some of the most distinguished designers around. Don't miss Papers Plus next door for unique stationery needs. Both stores have gift registries as well so you can get exactly what you want this Christmas.
Smooch Boutique is where the beautiful people shop. They might not be the most beautiful when they go in but they certainly will be when they come out. When you walk into Smooch you feel like you have entered a big city cosmetic boutique carrying brands like bare escentuals, Kiehls, Nars, Stila, Clarisonic and more. If you are new to the world of glamour, Smooch also has an amazing staff to help you find the perfect look.
Don't forget that East Grand Rapids is packed with amazing restaurants for you to grab a bite, drink or sweet treat. Or one of each.