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Generations Gifts at 6795 E. Texas specializes in themed items and seasonal indoor and outdoor merchandise, including these scented warmers..
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Generations Gifts carries state and local sports items, western themes, dragons, wildlife statues, fairies, oil warmers, dolls and religious items.
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Margo’s Specialty Flowers & Gifts at 1000 Highway 80 in Haughton showcases jewelry, baby items, ladies clothes, seasonal merchandise, bath products, home décor and more.
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Margo’s Specialty Flowers & Gifts has a vast selection of floral arrangements that cater to any occasion.
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Candy Spree has a large variety of bulk candies to include gummies, sours and chocolates.
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Candy Spree has 48 flavors of salt water taffy and Jelly Belly jelly beans.
Thinking outside the box is a metaphor. Thinking outside the box store is a reality. Not all goods and services are located in the mall. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is dedicated to getting people to shop in those quaint little stores sometimes referred to as “mom-and-pop” establishments. There are several locally owned stores just waiting to show you what unique gifts they have to offer. They may not have a large advertising budget, but they are worth the effort it takes to find them.
Generations Gifts, which has been open for 25 years, is located at 6795 E. Texas across from Bossier Parish Community College. This store opened in 2000 as their first year round location. They specialize in themed items and seasonal indoor and outdoor merchandise. Inventory changes regularly which makes each visit a new experience.
They carry state and local sports items, western themes, dragons, wildlife statues, fairies, oil warmers, dolls and religious items to name a few. Owner, David Trippel, added that his family owned store has operated units in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Kansas.
Just down the road in North Bossier is another treat hidden in the Stockwell Road Plaza off Shed Road. Speaking of treats, that is what you get the minute you walk in the door. Candy Spree, owned by Nathan and Michelle Atkinson, was acquired on Oct. 4, 2014.
Candy Spree has a large variety of bulk candies to include gummies, sours and chocolates. There is a small amount of sugar-free varieties available. They have 48 flavors of salt water taffy and Jelly Belly jelly beans. The owners say their sour line of candies seem to the most popular.
The facility houses a rental room perfect for children’s parties and baby or bridal showers. The business also operates Star Inflatables, which rents bounce houses and slides.
Michelle adds that they will be planning Toddler Time and Parent’s Night Out events at their location. They recommend customers get notices from their Facebook page on dates and times.
Two miles east in Haughton is the perfect little store for all your gift and flower needs. Margo’s Specialty Flowers & Gifts is located at 1000 Highway 80, next door to Domino’s Pizza. Margo’s has been open since February 2010. Owner Margo Williams offers some of the best floral arrangements in town. Her vast selection of floral arrangements cater to any occasion but she wants the community to know she can handle all of your funeral floral arrangements too.
The gift shop showcases jewelry, baby items, ladies clothes, seasonal merchandise, bath products, home décor and much more. The prices are reasonable and Margo treats every customer that walks in the store like family. She believes if you spend the time with your customers, and get to know them, they will become repeat customers.
Margo’s is having its fifth Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7. Door prizes will be awarded every hour, and one large prize given away at the end of the second day. Refreshments are provided.
If your Christmas list is full of hard to find gifts, don’t worry. Look to these small locally owned businesses for all your gift giving. When you support local businesses you are helping your neighbors. This shopping season, spend some time seeking out “mom and pops” and you won’t be disappointed.
By Caroline King.