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Gift-buying options close to home

By BOBBY BURCH, Herald Staff Writer | 12/17/2012

As many Ottawans already know, a stroll through the city’s historic downtown reveals a smorgasbord of shopping sites — both on Main Street and elsewhere across town — suitable for gift-giving.

Continuing its “Twelve in 12/12” series, The Herald complied a sampling of 12 Ottawa businesses where shoppers can complete some of their last-minute gift purchases.

As many Ottawans already know, a stroll through the city’s historic downtown reveals a smorgasbord of shopping sites — both on Main Street and elsewhere across town — suitable for gift-giving.

Continuing its “Twelve in 12/12” series, The Herald complied a sampling of 12 Ottawa businesses where shoppers can complete some of their last-minute gift purchases.

1. Front Row Sports

For the athletically inclined, Ottawa’s Front Row Sports features a variety of sports and collegiate apparel. Roger Sample, owner of the store located at 226 S. Main St., Ottawa, said that this year, collegiate gifts and apparel seem to be the store’s most popular gift items. In addition to athletic shoes, apparel and accessories, the store also offers screenprinting of clothing for clubs and teams.

2. Butler’s Florist

Since 1969, Butler’s Florist has provided the Franklin County area with flower arrangements fit for a botanical paradise.

Kevin Butler, owner of the shop, 530 W. 15th St., Ottawa, said popular gift items during the holiday season include bouquets, centerpieces, wreathes, poinsettias and personalized holiday and greeting cards.

3. JW Games and Movies

Ottawa’s only locally owned video gaming store currently is offering a variety of deals for gamers and their family during the holidays. The store, located at 1534 S. Main St., Ottawa, sells video game consoles, video games, gaming accessories, and movies on DVD and BluRay, Patrick Everett, owner of the store, said.

In addition to its daily low prices, Everett said, all shoppers who purchase a gaming console will receive 10 percent off all games for that console. Popular gift items, Everett said, included Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo DS games, in addition to the console’s accessories.

4. Delilah’s Salon

There’s nothing quite like pampering a mom or wife at a spa, Lesa Liggett, owner of Delilah’s Salon, said. But the salon’s offerings — which include cuts, styling, coloring, waxes, massages and facials — are not entirely limited to women. Women could also offer the man in their life a head and scalp massage, which Ligget said are quite relaxing. Liggett added that the salon, 114 W. Third St., Ottawa, also offers gift cards.

5. The Pink Suitcase

Hand-selecting styles from Las Vegas and Dallas, Pink Suitcase co-owners Emilie Nichols and Sarah Gollier hope to offer area shoppers a little spice in their wardrobes. The store, located at 312 S. Main St., Ottawa, features Miss Me jeans, a variety of dresses, wrap sweaters and jackets, purses, jewelry and an assortment of accessories, Nichols said.

“We basically pick the stuff we love,” Nichols said on her website.  “We have two very different styles, so we end up having a wide variety of options.”

One popular item during the holidays, Nichols said, have been humanitarian bracelets, of which some of the proceeds go toward women’s shelters. Also, the store offers gift cards, which range from $10 to $500 and can be applied toward any items in the store, Nichols said.

6. The Gun Guys

The Gun Guys is ringing in the holidays with a bang. The newly relocated business, now at 412 S. Main St., Ottawa, offers handguns, rifles, shotguns, ammunition and plenty of firearm accessories, Mike Selman, an employee at the store, said. Selman added that popular items during the holiday season have included memberships to The Gun Guys’ indoor shooting range, gift certificates and conceal-and-carry classes. The shop also carries conceal-and-carry purses, which Selman said have been very popular with female shoppers.

7. Ottawa Music

Ottawa Music, 120 E. 19th St., Ottawa, is wishing Franklin County residents a rockin’ Christmas season. Patti Rosey, co-owner of Ottawa Music, said popular gift items this year have included sheet music, acoustic and electric guitars and strings. Rosey added that the store, which also offers a variety of instrumental lessons, currently is offering an acoustic and electric guitar sale.

8. Three Guys Liquor

The 2012 Ottawa Herald’s Reader’s Choice Awards winner for best liquor store is now featuring several deals for those who enjoy liquid cheer. Offering an assortment of wines, liquors and beers, the store, located  at 303 N. Main St., Ottawa, also is selling gift packs that contain a bottle of liquor and either glasses or a novelty item, Richard Towe, owner of the store, said. Wine, Towe added, appears to be the most popular gift item in his store.

9. Plaza Grill and Cinema

Ottawa’s one-and-only movie theater is offering its annual gift-card sale. The theater, 209 S. Main St., Ottawa, now is making its gift cards available in any amount that can be applied toward dinner, movies or snacks, Peach Madl, owner of the theater, said. The theater also will be offering a free movie night during the Christmas season that soon will be announced, Madl added.

10. The Front Porch

Among Ottawa’s variety of antique stores includes The Front Porch Antiques Mall, which is sure to offer area residents unique gift ideas, Sharron Spence, owner of the store, said. The store, located at 534 N. Main St., Ottawa, carries hundreds of one-of-a-kind items that shoppers likely won’t encounter elsewhere, Spence added. The store, which soon will be reorganizing its space, might also offer repurposing classes for local residents to “re-craft” their antiques.  

11. Sears

’Tis the season for craftsman to be jolly. Or at least that’s what Mark Feldkamp, Ottawa’s Sears owner, is hoping area shoppers are thinking. Feldkamp said his store’s most popular gift items have included Craftsman tools, washer and dryers and refrigerators. In addition, the store, 220 S. Main St., Ottawa, is offering 30 to 35 percent off appliances during the holidays, Feldkamp said.

12. Audio/Video Concepts LLC

Shawn Markley, owner of Audio/Video Concepts LLC, 1523 S. Main St., Ottawa, is hoping to help movie buffs enhance their at-home theater experience. The store’s most popular gift items, Markley said, include televisions, home theater equipment, automobile audio equipment and remote car starter kits. The store also is offering a variety of TV deals, he said, and discounts on remote starter kits.

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