Posts Tagged ‘holiday shopping’

LSOStreelightingNot only is this the first Terrific Thursday in December, it’s also the night of the Little Shop of Stories’ Christmas Tree Lighting. So get your shopping on at these participating businesses and then head over to East Court Square at 7 p.m. for carols from the 4/5 Academy, snacks, hot chocolate, snow and a visit from Santa.

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Happy Terrific Thursdays, everyone!

There’s a lot going on tonight, so bundle up and head to downtown Decatur for holiday specials.

For a full list of participating shops and restaurants, visit www.decaturga.com/terrificthursdays.

Here are some highlights for the evening:

  • There will be two groups of street performers around the square this evening between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Take a photo/video of them, share it and tag it #terrificthursdays
  • Natural Body Spa is hosting a “Spa-liday Affair” 5-8 p.m. The entire store is on sale and complimentary mini services will be available. Bring in 3 cans for the Hosea Williams Feed the Hungry for an additional discount.
  • The 17 Steps is hosting a Gourmet Georgia Day with tasting from Byrd Cookies, Emily G’s Jams of Love and Prissy’s Peach items.
  • Wild Oats and Billy Goats is hosting an ornament signing with the City of Decatur’s 2014 holiday ornament artist, Nate Nardi.

Remember, if you spend $200 at Decatur’s local shops during the month of November, you can turn in your receipts at the Visitors Center to get a $20 gift card to a local restaurant. Details here.

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More holiday safety tips from Sgt. Jennifer Ross of the Decatur Police Department

Whether you have driven to the mall or the Decatur Square, having goods in the car can make you an attractive target because as you drive around seeking to buy what you are looking for, criminals drive around looking to take what you have already purchased. Don’t let a would-be thief ruin your holiday cheer so easily. Thieves are looking for quick and easy, so throw up a few more roadblocks. Remember to make safety a habit and not a headache!

  • Park your car in a well-lit area and keep track of where it’s parked. This will get you in your car and on your way faster.
  • Park in well-trafficked areas and avoid secluded and dark areas, as confrontations won’t be seen and yells for help won’t be heard.
  • Hide packages from view to prevent a break-in.  Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home or ask for them to be delivered.
  • If you return to your vehicle to unload shopping bags, move your vehicle to another space.
  • When placing electronic items in your car out of view such as iPods, cell phones and GPS systems, remember to also put chargers, cords and cradles out of view since would-be thieves look for these items as signs that what they are looking for may be in your car.

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Here are a few holiday shopping safety tips from Sgt. Jennifer Ross of the Decatur Police Department:

  • Be alert and aware! It’s easy to be distracted by the crowds, selecting the right gift, being preoccupied with holiday activities.
  • Keep shopping bags, valuables, purses, and wallets close to you. Keep purses or bags closed.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason and watch out for friendly strangers. They may ask a question or offer to assist you with your bags to distract you or put you in a compromising situation.  At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Stay alert while you are walking to your car. Talking or texting on your phone or digging in your purse for your keys while walking is a distraction and makes you an easy target.
Police officers on the Decatur Square.Photo credit: Cheryl Burnette

Police officers on the Decatur Square.
Photo credit: Cheryl Burnette

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$50 or Less

There’s been a lot of discussion on the local blogs about the common misconception that local boutiques only carry expensive items. Since this topic surfaced, a number of Decatur shop owners have done a great job changing customers’ perceptions. For example, Alexia Gallery’s sign:


Over 700 items under $50?! Not bad for beautiful,  hand-crafted jewelry.

Also, we’re happy to report that  it sounds like we don’t have to convince anyone about the benefits of keeping it local. This season many of Decatur’s shop owners have told us that customers have been more determined than ever to do all their holiday shopping locally. Thanks for the local support, everyone!

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A number of Decatur shops are offering some great discounts this Friday. So put on your walking shoes and burn off those calories from your Thanksgiving Day meal while holiday shopping around town.


Below are the discounts that I know of. Leave a comment if I’ve left anything off:

  • Dresscodes, 40-90% off.
  • Squash Blossom Door Buster Sale, 25% off storewide, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Boogaloos, Kaleidoscope and Eviva’s Annual After Thanksgiving Day Sale, 25% off full price merchandise 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Mingei World Arts Friday Doorbusters and Lotus Blossoms, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mingei is featuring sales on several items that NEVER go on sale.
  • That Pottery Place is offering “Black Friday” Mini Art Camp for Kids.
  • Rockit Holiday Black Friday Sale, save 30-60% off a large selection of women’s and men’s apparel.

After a successful day of shopping, stop by Kavarna at 9 p.m. for a cuppa and a concert featuring the Feeding Fingers with Travel by Train.

Update: Just realized that Decatur Metro has a Black Friday post as well that includes discount info for Taste and Hoopla. See the comments for discounts at Whit’s End.

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