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Creative and calmer shopping begins with Tennessee specialty stores

Thanksgiving has come and gone and while you may still be eating leftovers it’s time to focus on Christmas – arguably the most wonderful time of the year and my favorite holiday.

We deck the halls, trim the trees, don the apparel and look for the star. Bustling about with our bundles of brightly wrapped packages, we fight the crowds and race the clock at the major retailers.  In Tennessee, we bring some good tidings in the form of shopping advice: Spend at least one of your shopping days at some of Tennessee’s specialty shops. The made-in-Tennessee gifts are inspiring, and sure to please your loved one.  

EAST

Someone on your list have a serious sweet tooth? Look no further than Earth and Sky Confections in Jonesborough. Marvel at the exquisite designs created on each little square of chocolate. Choose from a 10-piece confection dream for $15, 20-piece set for $35 or the yummy 40-piece set for $55. You’ll love the elegant, decorated presentation and your special someone will love the organic taste.

Bliss in Knoxville is where you can shop the day away with its many selections of home décor and gifts for everyone. They have great gift ideas so the guess work is done for you. There’s a reason why Bliss was named “Best Store in Knoxville” by Metro Pulse Readers for five years in a row. From kitchenware to jewelry and purses, Bliss delivers a culmination of quirky and fashionable merchandise. 

Give a timeless gift when you shop at Past Tymes Antiques in Clinton. You’ll think you’ve stepped back to another era as you browse the glassware from the 1900s, quilts, candles, mid 1800s furniture and more that can be found among the rows and displays. The store is even located in an historic place, the Clinton Theater, which dates back to the 1920s and 1930s.

MIDDLE

Kaitlyn’s Loft in Fayetteville is perfect for the women in your life. With calming beauty treatments like Archipelago’s Grapefruit Antioxidant Therapy, home accents and even gifts for the kids, Kaitlyn’s Loft gives everything a personal touch.

For that person on your list who’s fashionable and luxurious, Col. Littleton in Lynnville is the place to go for high-end leather goods. Everything is handmade and designed by The Colonel himself. The detail on the belts, wallets and even fly swatters and iPad covers is perfection. I’m personally coveting The Bentley Tote, a must-have in any girl’s closet. Are you taking notes, Santa?  

Speaking of fashion, boutiques line the streets of Main Street Franklin, 12 South in Nashville and Cookeville has Pebbles 2, an adorable boutique specializing in women’s fashion. Pebbles 2 also carries printed luggage that will make you want to pack everything and travel the world, jeweled flasks and funky jewelry.

 WEST

Adorable children’s clothes, accessories and women’s wear can be found at Patricia’s along Collierville’s town square. The boutique is small but overflowing with great gift ideas and one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Get your mom a beautiful dish set, your sister a unique bangle and your best friend envy-worthy fashions.

Gift the men in your life a few new duds at The Toggery in Paris, Tenn. From Southern proper to lazy weekends, he’ll look good every day of 2013. Get dad a comfy sweater, your brother a classic button-up and gift grandpa Johnston and Murphy tasseled loafers. There’s also Maggie’s for the women on your list. Fun, printed pillows, pottery and women’s wear can all be found in this store on the square. 

Pick up all the ingredients for your holiday gift baskets at Ada’s Unusual Country Store in Bethel Springs. Delicious deli meats, cheeses, dark chocolate ginger snaps, snack mixes, dried fruit, blackberry and apricot jams and preserves are available for purchase. Owners John and Sadie Beachy, former members of the Amish community, make their homemade pastries hot and fresh every day, yours for the tasting.

Where are some of your favorite Tennessee boutiques and shops? Let us know in the comment box below!

Hey! I’m Amanda Stravinsky, a born-and-raised Jersey girl who now makes her home in the awesome, musically-inclined city of...Read on

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