Friday, December 24, 2010
Panache Coffee, on Route 9 East, has a lot to offer for the last minute shopper.
So you are running out of time and need one or two more gifts before Christmas? Then stop into Panache Coffee and enjoy your favorite coffee and finish your holiday shopping at the same time. Panache offers a new high tech way to give a gift. You can send someone a beverage via text message. Through a service called KangoGift, you can actually make a purchase on your cell phone, and a text message is sent to the recipient. The person goes into Panache with their text message and can redeem their gift. A portion of the proceeds is donated by Panache to a local Framingham school. What a great high tech way to buy someone a coffee, smoothie or even breakfast! Framingham Patch stopped by and shop owner Resh Ramlukan identified some last-…
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Hand-blended tobacco and a huge selection of cigars and pipes keep Framingham's Watch City Cigar Company busy all year 'round, but stop in now to fill those stockings.
Since 1999, cigar and pipe smokers have been coming to Watch City Cigar Company on Route 9 west for the finest in hand-blended tobacco. The store has 21 varieties of hand-blended tobacco, along with numerous cigars, pipes, and humidors. The full-service smoke shop also carries gift packs and lighters that are sure to impress. Watch City's manager, Ernest Quintiliani, showed Framingham Patch a few gift ideas: lighters for $60 and a hand-carved Turkish pipe for $450. The store also offer a pipe repair service. "It's a highly specialized product that we offer," says Quintiliani. Watch City gets orders for hand-blended tobacco from all over the world.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Looking for some inspiration this holiday season? Then stop by St. Anthony’s Book & Gift Shop.
Since 1978, St. Anthony's Book & Gift Shop has been fulfilling the spiritual gift needs of Christians in the Greater Framingham area. Located on Route 135, the non-profit shop specializes in religious and spiritual items. In addition to candles, prayer cards, rosary beads and crucifixes, the store carries a large selection of inspirational books, movies and music. Joe Scarlatta, who runs the store, said "our books and other inspirational items provide lasting spiritual benefits for both the recipient and the giver." Check out what else Framingham Patch discovered for Christmas gifts in the photos.
Friday, December 17, 2010
Hypnotik Clothing offers the latest in urban wear and trendy juniors clothing.
In downtown Framingham for almost 17 years, shop owner Marylou Roseman has seen so many changes. "There are good businesses here, but people don't realize it. They aren't walking through downtown anymore like they used to" says Roseman. Hypnotik isn't your average clothing store. It specializes in deeply discounted juniors fashions, urbanwear and accessories. Other popular items are the reasonably price nurse's uniforms and hospital scrubs. On a recent visit, Framingham Patch found some fun clothes at great prices. They currently have a great selection of t-shirts for just $5 – at these prices, you can afford to stuff your stockings.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Feeling rushed and overwhelmed this holiday season? Stop by Annie’s Book Stop and Espresso Paulo for a welcome break from the holiday hussle and bussle.
Annie's Book Stop and Espresso Paulo in the Nobscot Shopping Center offers much more than books. Yes, the store specializes in pre-read books, but you can also relax with a great cup of coffee or tea, along with a homemade muffin or scone too. In addition to gently used books, shoppers canfind a great selection of jewelry made by local artisans. The store features an unusual collection of fused glass pieces, ranging in price from $15-$40. Shoppers also can pick up a pound of fresh ground coffee for that last minute yankee swap. Framingham Patch recently visited and listened to a customer praise Annie's as being "unique" and a "great place to relax." Looking for a new book, owner Paul Ashton will order it for you at a 20% discount, …
Monday, December 13, 2010
You'll be the super hero, if you purchase something for the comic book lover at Bedrock Comics.
Faster than a speeding train, you can cross off the comic book fan on your holiday shopping list with a visit to Bedrock Comics on Route 9 West. The store has new and vintage comic books, comic book figures, t-shirts and graphic novels. Store owner Jack Lefevra said Green Lantern items are hot sellers, as the Green Lantern movie is coming out in 2011. In business for over 30 years, Bedrock Comics has a loyal following. If you're unsure of what the comic lover in your life may want, Lefevra suggests a gift certificate. "It's always fun to pick out your own gift," he said.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
In addition to the iconic American motorcyle, this Harley-Davidson dealership has gifts ideas for children and women, too.
Paramount Harley-Davidson offers much more than motorcycles. Framingham Patch visited the dealership and browsed the adjacent Harley store. If you have someone on your gift list that owns or admires Harleys, then this is a must stop while holiday shopping. The store also sells a variety of signature apparel for adults and children; but a walk through the store will uncover toys, jewelry, and games, too. Check out the rocker and the pjs, Framingham Patch discovered.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Specializing in Polartec outerwear and accessories, Red Rover offers beautiful gifts of warmth for the holidays.
Red Rover Clothing not only offers unique gifts "Made in Massachusetts," they are made in Framingham. Red Rover owner Cindy Walsh, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) designs all the pieces herself. Each year, she features a new, handmade trim design for that season's Polartec outerwear and accessories. Everything is produced in Framingham, above the Vernon Street store. Store employee Sandy said Red Rover jackets, hats and gloves last. She sees customers wearing "vintage Red Rover" designs more than 15 years old. On a recent visit to the retail store, Framingham Patch found lots of beautiful gifts to keep your loved ones warm this winter, including these gloves, mittens, hats and scarves. The store also has unique …
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Walter Dyer is leather in Framingham specializes in natural leather jackets and vests, boots, moccasins, handbags and accessories.
Walter Dyer is Leather is one of those places that seems like it has been in Framingham forever - just 41 years, to be exact. The Route 9 East store does not advertise or believe in sales gimmicks. Owner Bruce Dyer (son of the original Walter Dyer) takes pride in his merchandise and the fact that his leather jackets are American made – made here in Massachusetts actually. During Framingham Patch's recent visit, we found lots of great gift ideas, including a leather Patriots baseball cap, feet-warming moccasins, red boots and beautiful pocketbooks. Check out our photos to view the gift ideas.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Find a gift for the pet and unique, unusual gifts for others on your shopping list at nuwaves.
Nuwaves Cards and Gifts in Trolley Square offers an array of gifts. Mainly a card store that has been owned the last 25 years by Donna Horblit, nuwaves keeps adding numerous, unique products to keep customers coming back. You'll find Christmas ornaments, hand-painted wine glasses, picture frames, soaps, candles, cooking utensils, age-related joke gifts, jewelry, Vera Bradley, children's toys and, of course, a huge selection of greeting cards. This is a store to pick up fun stocking stuffers. Store employee Elaine Sterlace identified some quirky holiday gifts available including ugly dolls. A hot item, selling for $10-$20, but nuwaves was offering them as a buy one get one free special, when Framingham Patch stopped by. Sterlace also …