Wednesday, December 19, 2012

EDITORIAL >> At last minute, please shop local

Most of us have finished our holiday shopping and are ready to settle down to a cup of soothing tea. But there will always be last-minute stragglers, those who wake suddenly in the wee hours remembering who was left off that carefully prepared list. For you, The Leader has some last-minute nearby shopping suggestions. No mall traffic for these last-minute shoppers.

Last-minute auto buyers should head to Orr in Searcy and Excel Ford in Cabot for a gift that will be a big hit.

Oliver’s Antiques in Jacksonville has lots of stocking stuffers and a nice selection of quilts from hand-quilted antiques to some gently used that can be thrown casually over a couch, according to proprietress Sherry Oliver.

June’s Hallmark in Cabot has lots of last-minute specials, ornaments, wrapping paper and decorative items. June’s will have an extravagant Day After Christmas Sale next Wednesday. Be there.

At Cabot’s Merle Norman, Camille Stout has that wonderful scent Tussy and is running last-minute daily specials.

For the men in your life, Whit Davis in Cabot and Jacksonville has pocket knives, leather gloves, flashlights and power tools. A gent’s paradise.

And speaking of power tools, Ronald Wallace of Gravel Ridge Small Engine has a full line of chainsaws and chains in addition to outdoor equipment. “A sharp tool is a safe tool,” he says.

Hero’s Clothing and Skateboards on Main Street in Cabot has priced all hoodies at $35 and all shoes at $40.

Don’t forget Grandma’s Collectibles in Cabot for the collector in your life for treasured older objects and good condition depression glassware at low, low prices.

For a last-minute piece of furniture, visit the friendly folks at Crafton’s Furniture, who will deliver for free.

Furniture Store in Cabot will help you select just the right piece at half-off storewide.

Legacy Jewelry has diamond studs starting at $125. And Farmers in Cabot has 15 percent off on boots, clothing and toys.

Lastly, consider a relaxing professional massage at Mind Over Matter. Shop till you drop.

— Eileen Feldman