I don't know about the rest of y'all, but the holidays have snuck up on me this year. My boss, Kim, tells us in January every year to start our holiday shopping and, as per usual, we ignored her, thinking "we've got plenty of time!" Then, the next thing we know, we're racing coffins down Hickory Street and we realize: the holidays are less than two months away!
But no need to panic, especially if your wallet is a bit thin these days. The Denton Main Street Association's Holiday Open House this weekend provides a plethora of shopping opportunities. I went out to the vendors in search of finds that would make great gifts or decor without breaking the bank. Plus, save some stomach room, as many of the local restaurants will have great discounts for shoppers who need to satisfy their hunger or quench their thirst.
Discover Denton Welcome Center, 111 W. Hickory
Get your friends and families #Dentoning with style with offerings from the Discover Denton Welcome Center! All #Dentoning T-shirts (and Jude Landry's "Oh No You Denton") are just $20! Have a friend who has just had a baby? The adorable Made in Denton onesies from the Denton Design Company can be found here for just $14. If you're still working on decorating, the Welcome Center has some great ornaments for sale, including the Holiday Lighting Festival ornament ($10) and a metal ornament all about Texas ($13). Also, everyone asks where you can pick up those awesome I [heart] Denton stickers...they're at the Welcome Center for just $5! PLUS, while you're there, take a reach into Santa's grab bag for a free gift! All customers who spend at least $100 will also get a FREE #Dentoning shirt.
Pair with: A hearty lunch (or just an appetizer) from Cartwright's Ranch House. Cartwright's will even take 15% off your total bill if you have a receipt from another Holiday Open House retail vendor!
The DIME Store, 510 S. Locust
Support awesome local makers and give your loved ones a piece of Denton! There's some great finds at The DIME Store, from mugs from Only in Denton ($20), awesome Denton stickers ($2-$3), recipe cards to share your favorite dishes with loved ones ($11) and a Herringbone hat for that friend who thinks he's Sinatra ($20). For your young ones, a tooth fairy plushie ($10) could be just the ticket. For customers who spend $100, receive a free tote bag and 20% off coupon for Small Business Saturday (November 26)!
Pair with: Dine with the elves at Pizza Snob! Build your own personal pizza and if you find a Snob Elf under your pie, you can win FREE pizza for the rest of 2016!
Garden Gate, 121 N. Elm
Does your holiday decor need a refresher? Have you just moved into your own place and you don't *have* any holiday decor? The Garden Gate has adorable holiday displays, ready to outfit your home for any holiday. Pick up a votive candle holder to add ambiance to your gathering ($8.75), a wooden reindeer for your mantle ($10.75) or a metal Merry Christmas sign ($23.75). If you still are working on the perfect presentation for Thanksgiving, all fall decorations will be 50% off this weekend! They will also be having giveaways and drawings so make sure to stop by.
Pair with: A slice of Caramel Apple or Sweet Potato Pumpkin pie and a campfire cortado or fall tonic from West Oak Coffee Bar will rejuvenate you for a full day of shopping. Have your little ones with you? They've got chocolate milk on tap!
More Fun Comics and Games, 103 W. Hickory
Whether you have nerdy friends or you ARE the nerdy friend, there are great finds at More Fun Comics and Games (even if you don't know which number manga they're on right now). They have an array of $19 nerdy comic beanies (since some semblance of fall/winter should be here soon, right?) and Harry Potter House beanies, for that Ravenclaw or Slytherin in your life ($12). You can also never go wrong with your friends' favorite character, which has undoubtedly been immortalized as a POP figurine ($12). If you know a card-carrying member of the Cumber Collective (or just a fan of Marvel's Doctor Strange), pick them up a character mug for just $12.
Pair with: A beverage from one of the great establishments east of the Square. Take your pick from Oak St Drafthouse, Bearded Monk, East Side or Harvest House. Bonus: pick up a pie from Mellow Mushroom on your way!
Sleeping Lizzards, 424 N. Elm
Sleeping Lizzards is another great place to shop if you're looking for great decorations! With many nativity figurines under $10 and cute snowman decorations for $18, you can deck all the halls of your home. When hanging those stockings by the chimney with care, don't forget a stocking for man's best friend ($12), ready to be stuffed with your pooch's favorite treats and toys. Sleeping Lizzards will also offer 20% off any single item.
Pair with: A grilled chicken ensalada and tomato bisque soup or maybe the Mom's Meatball Sub from Barley & Board. Save room for a scoop of Beth Marie's Ice Cream as you make your way around the Square!
The Palm Tree Boutique, 119 N. Elm
For the adorable and whimsy person on your list, The Palm Tree Boutique is a great place to find gifts! Check out their array of holiday socks ($12.50 for crew, $8 for short) and beverage and coffee containers from Lilly Pulizer and Kate Spade ($16-$20). Although some of their jewelry can run expensive, they do have some jewelry available for less than $20 that would fit well with any wardrobe. Plus, during Holiday Open House, they will offer free monogramming.
Pair with: a soup and salad combo from Chestnut Tree Teahouse & Bistro. With so many different salads and soups, it's almost difficult to have the same thing twice! Make sure to sample any of their delicious fruit teas while you rest your weary feet.