Touch it, taste it, try it on …

KXXO Personal Shopper Ty Flint (“Good Morning Mixx”) checks out the lava lamps at Captain Little Toy Store and all the gifts at Compass Rose in downtown Olympia.

Ann D’Angelo (“Good Morning Mixx”) shops in Tacoma’s Proctor District. “Make sure you pop into the Pacific Northwest Shop. It’s full of amazing things from artists right here in the PNW! One of my favorites this year is Truelux candles, made in Poulsbo. And it’s not wax, it’s lotion! I loved it so much, I treated myself!”

Gift suggestion for a mom. Jennifer Mathis’s gift suggestion comes from Belleza Ropa in downtown Olympia. Jennifer says, “My mom and I have the same coloring so it’s easy for me to pick things that would look good on her.”

Recommended for the family Anglophile. Cari Palmer (afternoons) says, “Try British Bites in Puyallup. Such a cool store. The chocolate there is pure – no preservatives – had to buy some! Just an eclectic collection of stuff from England. They serve lunch and tea in the little restaurant area.”

Recommendation for a grown child who lives “away.” Anna Winter, whose son is in California, is making sure he doesn’t forget his NW roots with gifts from Archibald Sisters – Olympia shirt, cool socks and hat, and what area kid can forget J.P. Patches?  

Suggestion for a Boomer. Announcer J.J. Syrja recommends Eric Clapton’s Happy Xmas with cover art by Clapton himself. J.J. found his at Rainy Day Records in Olympia.

Dick Pust (“It’s Your Community,” “Saturday Morning Conversation”) went to Browser’s Bookshop in Downtown Olympia. “Browsers is the place to go if you’re looking for a book by a local author or something about Northwest history. I wanted to pick up John Dodge’s new book – A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm. Sure enough – they had it!”

You never know what you might find at Furniture Works in Downtown  Olympia, from one-of-a-kind retro chic to fine wood treasures or modern new pieces. They have 6000 square feet of eclectic and ever-changing affordable gently used, consignment, and new furniture and home decor.

Announcer Jeff Hirschberg recommends BoomShaka in Tumwater. You can buy gift cards in almost any amount and it’s a great place for kids to go let off some steam on the trampolines, at extreme dodge ball, or on the Ninja obstacle course.  Meantime the older ones can try some aerial maneuvers or the trapeze over the foam pits! While you’re there you might want to check out the fun yourself!

From the KXXO Personal Shopper:

I’m evangelical about shopping locally, mainly at local small, independent stores but even at local brick & mortar outlets of chains.

There are a million economic reasons why you should support local businesses.  Locally-owned businesses recirculate a far greater percentage of revenue locally compared to absentee-owned businesses. Shopping locally creates local wealth and jobs. Even a local outlet  of a “chain” store pays the people where we live and they spend their time and money here!

Dozens of ecological reasons, including all that yucky Styrofoam, sticky tape and plastic bits.

But for me the main reason to go to a local store is because it’s more FUN than sitting at a computer!  (and way better exercise…) Touch the merchandise, taste the food and try on to the clothes to find out the actual sizes! (Try that on-line <g>  Go with friends, get a snack while you’re out, and get in those steps!

So the KXXO Personal Shopper is here to tell you: Enjoy life! Get up from your chair, put down the keyboard, and call a friend to go shopping! And when find you something fabulous,  send me a photo!