by Jennifer Sierra/ Video by Jimmy King
This Saturday is Small Business Saturday and the stores in Bellevue, Kentucky are the place to spend your day holiday shopping. But don’t just plan on shopping this Saturday, start your holiday shopping in Bellevue this black Friday and skip the drama at the malls.
Start your holiday season off right with good cheer in beautiful historic Bellevue, Kentucky and visit stores that will take you back in time. You will find something for everyone on your list while supporting your local small businesses who in turn support their town with needed tax revenue. (Hey Santa, we need a new fire truck!)
Bring your kids down on Saturday to see Santa’s arrival at 11:00 AM. He will be stopping at 318 Fairfield Avenue on an antique fire truck courtesy of Tom Rechtin, Sr. Enter for a chance to win prizes that are worth a minimum of $25.00 and the Grand Prize is an emerald and diamond ring valued at $800.00 from Cleves and Lonnemann Jewelers! The more participating businesses you visit Friday and Saturday, the greater your chance of winning.
Load up on carbs for your shopping spree at Avenue Brew where you can have Larry’s Chicken Pot Pie served with a biscuit and then wash it down with some coffee or hot cocoa. Avenue Brew will have new holiday hours and they will be open until 8:00 PM in December.
Pick up some beautiful gifts at Splendid Things where you can find this year’s hottest gift trend, scarves. Their scarves are unique and beautiful. They also have a gorgeous collection of Christmas ornaments and wonderfully funky and elegant jewelry.
Cozy Cottage is where you will find all sorts of gifts ideas from University of Kentucky Christmas wreaths to tiny Christmas trees, candles and clothing for American Girl dolls. 70% of the items in this store are locally made or made in the USA.
Don’t forget to pick up some awesome stocking-stuffers in Witt’s End Candy! They have seasonal favorites like “A Christmas Story” Fudge, Peppermint Bark, Candy Canes and Peppermint Pretzels. But Witt’s End Candy also has a large supply of almost any kind of candy one could dream of in their old-fashioned candy store. Stuff your children’s stockings with unique games like Pick-up-Sticks, Traffic Bingo or Interstate Bingo or wooden toy airplanes. When you stop by Witt’s End Candy store this weekend the store is giving shoppers a “Shop Small Holiday” coupon offering 10% off their purchase and they are also having a drawing for a giant Christmas candy box.
If you get hungry, try Siam Orchid where you can get spring rolls, salads, or any number of delicious entrees with several different kinds of curries or fried rice or noodle entrees with chicken or shrimp. They will even let you determine your spice levels on their meals when you order.
After you are finished shopping, be sure to find the Elusive Cow and try one of their rocking Bison Burgers and pair it with a nice cold beer. They have many to choose from. If you are a vegetarian, the Cow offers a great selection of salads and sandwiches that are meatless. You may want to try some of their special appetizers like the Portabella Fries.
Get some treasured items framed in shadow boxes at Frame and Hang. A great gift idea for that special someone with a treasured souvenir they would like to keep safe. There are far too many great stores to mention them all here but you won’t believe what awesome gifts await you in Vue on the Avenue in Bellevue, Kentucky.
Think Big but shop small and support the local businesses that keep the Bellevue and Dayton, Kentucky communities viable and wonderful places to visit and live. This year, the gifts you buy might just be the best you have ever given!