Words by Alyssa Stevenson
The weather is finally cooling down, so it's finally feeling like we start thinking about the holidays. Major big box stores have had their holiday merchandise out for about a month - but we're just warming up to the idea of holiday shopping ourselves. Luckily, the shops downtown will be open for extra hours this weekend for the Holiday Open House so we can start checking gifts off of our lists. Read on to make sure you know where you should definitely stop to shop.
While the downtown area has been packed with some of our favorite local retailers for years, it feels like there has been an influx of retail lately. We're into it - as we can't spend our whole day eating ice cream and weighing out gummy bears. (Or can we?)
If you're scouting out furniture, vintage finds, and unique home decor, make sure to stop by Vintage Bleu, on Oak next to 940's and Shop the Barn - which just reopened next door to La Di Da on Locust. Serendipity has you covered for the best candles and funky finds for your home. Whimsy Finds, which mixes home goods and fun stuff for your closet will be serving wine-a-ritas so you can sip while you shop! We always have to stop by Garden Gate for the best ornaments to add to the tree or exchange at the office party.
If you're looking for holiday dresses for parties or accessories to stuff into stockings, stop by the newly opened Zig Zag Stripe (two stories of clothes y'all), the always reliable La Di Da (with their cheeky holiday tees), Palm Tree Boutique (who has an embroidery deal happening) or JT Clothier's. (Eileen Fisher and Free People for the win!) JT Clothier's also has you covered if you need a super spiffy shirt, tie or cuff links for the dudes in your life. Norman Roscoe and Discover Denton have you covered for Denton centric screened tee's.
As always, the DIME Store has the most incredible selection of locally crafted handmade goods to wrap up and put under the tree. We hear they'll also be giving away totes with purchases of $100. Y'all, they have the cutest pickle ornaments of all time!
Grab a few new board games for all of those days you're about to spend with extended family from More Fun Comics and Games, and stop by Recycled for a couple of coffee table books for people to peruse while they're waiting hanging around the house.
Need a break from the holiday shopping? Stop by Wine Squared for 1/2 priced wine by the glass. Don't forget - you can get that to-go! Yes, you can walk around the square while sipping on wine and shopping. It's basically the best way you could shop ever. Go ahead and pick up a few bottles for all of those holiday parties while you're at it.