TACOMA, Wash. — Our first stop is Compass Rose, which is going for a cozy theme this holiday season
“A lot of people are maybe not spending as much so what they do buy they want to take a lot of pride in and be just as excited to give,” says Proctor store manager Tonya Schneider. There is also a Compass Rose in Olympia.
Schneider says Le Crueset cookware, starting at $250, has been a popular seller since the weather turned.
“It's an enameled cast-iron Dutch oven that will last your lifetime,” she says.
Compass Rose also offers a wide array of cookbooks for those looking for adventures in the kitchen.
For the budget minded, Compass Rose also offers locally made jewelry and a local soap line called Bicycle Soap Co, both in the $25 range.
Around the block, at the Pacific Northwest Shop, Matt Evans says 2020 should end on a good note.
“We just want to bring some local comfort into people's homes for the holiday,” he says. There is also a Pacific Northwest Shop in Seattle.
Among the many ornaments they offer from Glass Eye Studio are some vintage 1980 era Santas at $48 and some jellyfish sculptures at $54.
Since the pandemic began the Proctor shop has sold thousands of $14 handmade face masks they feature in the window.
Some feature very local designs.
“So it is definitely the item of the year,” says Evans.
Foodies can spice up popcorn with a $32 assortment or make their own pretzels with a $20 kit.
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“We give people the opportunity to ask us questions,” says Devin Anding. “We give them ideas if maybe they're stumped on what to give as a stocking stuffer or to a co-worker.”
Watercolor prints made by Everett artist Elizabeth Person make a nice local gift. Her mounted mountain ranges --at $52--are especially popular.
San Francisco based Cavallini has just started selling puzzles made from vintage prints. They are 1000 pieces and retail for $22.
“Some people say they take about a week to do and we got them in a bunch of different varieties,” says Anding.
This holiday when you shop local you're also giving a gift to a hometown business.