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Last minute gifts are great opportunities to shop local

Late last month, Jessamine County pushed for residents to shop local over Black Friday weekend. A cause I entirely support, I thought it would be a great reminder in these next few weeks before Christmas to show community support for local businesses as well.

As we all rush around trying to find that last minute gift for those we love this holiday season, there are many great options in Jessamine County for residents to visit and find that perfect last minute surprise to give someone special this Christmas.

Gigi’s on Main in Wilmore is a small boutique shop owned and operated by Lisa Smith. Located at 308 E Main St., the shop is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The shop specializes in baby gifts, wedding gifts, clothes, tops, dresses, and other boutique items.

Martha’s Vineyard, located at 204 South Main Street in Nicholasville, is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Family owned and operated since 1951, the store offers shoppers gifts, collectables, plants and fresh and artificial flowers. It also specializes in wedding and funeral arrangements.

Hide-Away Gift Shop, located at 415 S. Main St. in Nicholasville, is owned by life-long Jessamine County resident Carolyn Corman for the past 30-years. Among the many items in the store, shoppers will find household bedding, linens, painted wood furniture, candles, rugs and prints. The shop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

Be Mine Boutique opened Sept. 15 and is one of Nicholasville’s newest boutique shops. Located at 713 North Main St. Suite 2, shop owner Melissa Jones opened the shop specializing in selling clothing but is hoping to add home goods in the future.

Among the many antique style gift shops in town, residents will find many gift options when they shop at Route 27 Vintage Vendors, located at 708 N. Main St. Those who visit the shop will find, local collectables, curios, antiques, oddities, vintage items and home décor. For hours, call 859-241-3037.

This & That Vendors Mall is located at 317 N. Main St., and open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. The mall carries new and used antique items which change daily.

Coach Light Antiques may also be a great shopping opportunity for those on your Christmas list. Located at 213 N. Main St., this antique mall is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The store carries a variety of gift ideas which may just suit one or more of the people on your list you need to buy for this season.

Autumn and Company in Wilmore is one of Wilmore’s newest boutique shops. A place which says, “Monogram Me is our style” – this may be the perfect place to shop if you are looking for apparel, accessories or personalized gift ideas. The shop is located at 329 E. Main St. and open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and currently closed Sunday.

Whatever your last minute needs are this season, I hope you take the time to visit one of these local shops and support the Jessamine County community. I am sure you will find something for someone there, even if that someone is you.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Brittany Fuller is the community editor of The Jessamine Journal and Jessamine Life magazine. She can be reached at brittany.fuller@jessaminejournal.com.