• Liz Logan

Shop Main Street — Downtown Gaston retailers have got you covered for Christmas

The holiday season tends to bring about a bit of reflection. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s we are faced with a handful of holidays that allow for intentional interaction with family and friends and often the opportunity to shower one another with gifts.

Downtown Belmont - Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

This holiday season, extend your intentionality when choosing gifts for those close to you. Instead of running to the nearest box store to pick up something prepackaged in a hurry, think through some of these local gift ideas. When you make the choice to shop local you are having a positive impact on the environment, local economy and the very people who have chosen to spend their lives growing their dreams and businesses in our county. But be strategic: lots of these spots are only open until 5:00pm, so you’ll want to plan accordingly. Grab a cup of coffee before, a beer after, your favorite local lunch and make a day of shopping Gaston County.

Annalise Boutique

Annalise Boutique - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

206 E. Main Street, Cherryville

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Stylish and cozy clothing, gifts, and accessories are all packed into this charming downtown Cherryville shop.

Back of the Moon

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105 E. First St., Lowell

Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This locally owned boutique features clothing and accessories for women of all ages. Their unique, stylish inventory will offer something for anyone on your holiday list.

Bangles & Bags

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1108 Union Rd., Suites A-B, Gastonia

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Recently releasing their winter line, Bangles & Bags has everything from pajama sets and earrings to oven mitts and candles. Whether you’ve got something specific in mind or not, Bangles & Bags can help you get the ball rolling on your holiday shopping.

Carpenter’s Gifts and Jewelry

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123 E. Main St., Cherryville

Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. ; Wednesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Located in downtown Cherryville, Carpenter’s Gifts and Jewelry has gifts perfect for those looking to be eco-friendlier with reusable drink ware, like Swig cups and insulators. Here you’ll also find a variety of acrylic jewelry of varying styles and designs.

Catalyst Mercantile

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117 N. Main St., Mt Holly

Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Catalyst Mercantile brings together a community of local makers who are eager to share their handmade creations with you, including Christmas decor. Pop into their downtown shop or join them at the festive Mount Holly & the Makers Christmas Pop Up Market Family Night December 4th - 6th.

A Classy Closet

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119 N. Main St., Lowell

Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Looking for something trendy and fun? A Classy Closet is the boutique for you. They over clothing, jewelry and other accessories in their downtown Lowell location.

Create in Us

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104 S. Main St. Mt Holly

Hours vary by week, Pop-ups

In addition to offering adult and children classes,this local art studio boasts a collection of beautiful handmade items perfect as housewarming gifts or teachers in your life. Stop by their Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 4, or check their hours before coming by.

First Street Home

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106 E. First St., Lowell

Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Find beautiful home furnishings and gifts at this Lowell shop. From jewelry to art to home accessories to Christmas decor, this is a great place to find something for the person who has everything else.

Grape & Barley

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