I am going to come clean. I am not much of a shopper. In fact, I rarely shop unless it is a necessity. So when Christmas comes around, I enjoy shopping in historic downtowns, because the stores are locally owned, and they are entertaining.
Downtown retail business owners have to be creative in order to compete with the strip malls and mega stores, and they often line their shelves with interesting and hard-to-find items, making my shopping trip much more enjoyable than browsing the standard mall fare.
Don’t believe me? Let me tell you about my recent shopping trip in historic downtown Loveland. I started at Anthology Book Co. on East 4th Street. I’ve been shopping at Anthology since we first moved to Loveland in 2002. They offer more than just books, including great stocking stuffers and a nice selection of cards. Be sure to check out Momma’s Style, a children’s store, with space in the kid’s section.
The Coffee Tree is also inside the bookstore, and features fantastic coffee and fast, friendly service. Anthology is a good place to start your trip because a cup of freshly roasted coffee will surely get those creative juices flowing.
HeidiTown Tip: Don’t be afraid to buy someone a book, especially if you know they are a reader. Some of the best books I’ve read have been presents from friend or family members.
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