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This holiday season make the decision to shop hyperlocal. Here are a few great suggestions on how to fulfill your holiday gift shopping and feel good doing it.



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Got a sister, brother or cousin always strapped into their headphones? Pick up some new toe-tapping, hum-along, yodel-worthy favorites at Dodd’s. Vertigo Music released their best of 2013 list if you are looking for a few suggestions. Just remember, you can’t wrap a download. 


Good food is a great present for…. well… anyone. On South Division we are picking up gift basket staples from the Local Epicurean including handmade pasta, pesto and spices. We are visiting Starving Artist’s Tory O’Haire at the Propaganda Doughnuts at 117 South Division during Urban Lights on December 14thand we can’t wait to devour a few holiday pasteries and sip French hot chocolate.  


Celebrate fine taste and handheld decadence at Grand River Cigar; buy your aficionado a membership or a fine after-dinner stogy. With cigars of all prices, you can find a smokeable treat for any price range.


Whether it’s a gift card for mom, or just a great excuse to get super glam, don’t forget a gift certificate to max out the holiday hairdo. We love getting pretty at Natural Solutions Salon, Douglas J Aveda and Bang Blow Dry Bar. I’ve got Face can turn all of your besties into glamazons in the bat of an eyelash. Be sure to book Lastesha Lipscomb and her talented troupe for one-on-one or mob makeovers.


Wellbeing takes not only a strong body but a strong mind. Gift certificates, classes and a warm cup of tea will get you in the right mindset to keep those New Year’s resolutions.

Visit Shen Dojo during Urban Lights and buy a handmade ceramic mug or tea set from artist Kate Lewis or find out what instructor and Shen Dojo owner & instructor, Daniel Muschiana is up to in 2014.

Great for the evening shopper UICA’s Holiday Shop features local art for your home or body. We can’t wait to scoop up nature inspired bling by Collyn Debano, a colorful rug from Rose Beerhorst or a knit wool accessory by Annie Belle. Stop in daily from 5-9pm and be sure not to miss the December 6 and 7th 25th annual Holiday Artists Market featuring 40 handmade artist and crafts persons.


Get a potent potable for the holiday season. Pick up stocking stuffers in the form of a tipback from Lucky’s Liquor or grab gift certificates for a fine cup of joe from Lantern Coffee Bar. Some times a gem just takes a little looking. We already snatched some holiday décor and a vintage T from Goodwill. With new stock daily its worth a few treks to find the perfect present. (open daily)   


A perfect present for matrons and monarchs would be a picture of the WHOLE family. Book a sitting and get everyone spit shined and purdy. With 5 fantastic photography studios to choose from you may want to shop for a photo style that matches your own. WD Photography, Sandi Gunnett Photography, Adam Bird Photographer, Mike Buck, Terzes or set up an in studio shoot with John Hartman Photography Company.

Want to find the truly unique? Don’t forget to visit Avenue’s First Friday galleries (December 6th)  and buy art right off the walls. Craft House, 106 Gallery and Spiral Gallery will be open with new shows. Gaspard Gallery releases a new coffee table book by the talented Chris Cox and Dee Bellini has a special line of organic soaps at Parliament the Botique that are perfect stocking stuffers. On South Division we have art available daily. Don’t dash off with out something 3D! Perhaps a plant holder by Bertha at Heartside Gallery, a small sculpture by Kevin H. from Sanctuary Folk Art or during Urban Lights catch ceramics artist TJ Mathieu at Have Company.

Don’t forget to plan a holiday happy hour with friends. The large tables at Pub 43 are sure to accommodate all of your buddies and Rockwell’s happy hour is always a pleaser. We love Jazz night at Republic for a romantic date, Rumors as a way to shake out the holiday blues or a midweek lunch break at Fat Johnny’s with all of your coworkers.


Getting the family crest tattooed on your chest is a long term investment in looking radical and great for Mom, Dad or the siblings!  Find out more about the talented ink and needle specialists at Mos Eslieys.


For the person who has it all making a donation to support those who don’t, maybe the perfect gift. Gods Kitchen, Heartside Ministries, Guiding Light Ministries are all great ways to keep on giving, donate online for a great last minute gift!


Looking to up your seasonal splendor quota? Saint Andrews Cathedral hosts a series of free concerts in their majestic South Division sanctuary.  And for that special someone who likes to razzle-dazzle we suggest tickets to the Super Happy Fun Time holiday extravaganza. This year’s holiday spectacular takes place on December 28th at Pyramid Scheme. Doors at 9pm. Tickets are just $10!


If you waited all year to pick up a painting or two from a notable Avenue Artist the holidays are the perfect time. Hugo Claudin was most recently showcased in the Pulso show at the UICA and this holiday season you can contact him (and 200 other local artists) directly via our Avenue for the Arts Member Profile page!


There are large and small ways to change a community. Sometimes we invest our time or talent into creatively solving issues. Sometimes we donate to organizations that support the change we want to see and sometimes change comes from just making a decision about how and where we spend our dollars.


Shop First Fridays, Urban Lights and businesses with hours daily.


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Help us close out the year by contributing your thoughts to the Avenue for the Arts Annual Survey. The survey closes on Monday December 2nd and we are only 20 people short of our goal!


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The Pizza Report: December 4, 2013

Join us for our First Annual Avenue for the Arts Pizza Report. The number of attendees is limited and we are providing food, so please RSVP via the ticket link.

This event is a great way to find out more about the Avenue for the Arts, and have a voice in what we plan in 2014. Seats are still open on the Avenue for the Arts Advisory committee board.

Join us for pizza, a presenation and planning. from 6-8pm.

Please help us buy the right amount of Pizza

and RSVP.

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