Karen Ergen looks through a showcase of jewelry as designer Dustine Jerde of Origami Owl looks on. Dustine was one of 21 vendors selling products at Clearwater Christmas Central.

Shopping locally helps businesses

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
Looking for a holiday gift but don’t want to go through the hassle of shopping at the mall or fighting holiday traffic?
 Why not stay right in Clearwater and find a gift? There are lots of local businesses with great gift ideas.
Verizon Wireless/Shock City Cellular in the Travel Plaza has the latest technology available.
An Ellipsis 7” Tablet is just $149.99. An iPhone 5s in black, white or gold is $199.99. Or choose from: LG-G2 phone in black or white for $99.99; Plantronics M25 Bluetooth headset for $59.99 or a Pure Gear case/screen protector bundle for $39.99.
Clear Waters Outfitting has paddle sports equipment starting as low as $5, fishing tackle starting at $2 and  miscellaneous gifts a s low as $3. Or pick up a gift certificate for a river trip or a stand-up paddle board rental.
Keith’s Kettle is a great place to enjoy a meal. But you can also pick up a quick holiday gift like a sweatshirt or hoodie for $20-$30. Or get someone special a gift certificate to dine at Keiths for $5-$10.
Elandah Leather and Clearwater Laser Etching have lots of unique gifts. How about a handcrafted leather belt for $30? Leather coin pouch or key case for $5-$10; Leather billfolds for $15-$30 and the famous leather mug for Shop Continued On Page 2
$75. Wall hangings for $20 and customized for $30. Glass mugs, wine glasses and flutes $10-$25. Etched wine bottles from $25-$50. Christmas ornaments for $3-$5 and picture frames from $10-$30. Or pick up a gift certificate and let that someone special select a unique gift for themselves.
More great local gift ideas to come next week.


Mike Zdychnec, Executive Program Director for Healthcare Management at MN School of Business. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

JEN SCHUMACHER (far left), applauds as 15-year-old Matthew Trutna wins the 2015 Team Liam 5K Saturday. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards).

Kathleen R. Huber

DANCERS FROM JENNIFER’S DANCE CENTER will be performing at Disney World in Florida in October. Pictured (front row, left to right), are Grace Esselman, Lillian St. Jean, Sophia Gerou, Kailey Buchta, Rowan Payne and Hannah Oakes. Middle row are Amelia Cameron, Brianna Anthony, Jacqie Bengtson, Gianna Mitchell, Alex Dillion, Abby Yanke and Rose Curtis. Back row are Tori Ramert, Alexis Erickson, Sophia St. Ives, Tiana Link, Rachel Royseth, Kristian Kunkel, Brooklynn Bengtson, Nicole Bengtson and Kendall Luoma. Not pictured are Haylee Oakes and Melanie Miskowic. (Submitted photo).

FIVE GIRLS FROM MARY OF THE VISITATION CHURCH’S YOUTH GROUP helped Gail Stanley (not pictured) of Big Lake pack her belongings for a move she was taking to Princeton last weekend. The girls are (from left to right): Bridget Buchholz, Jasmine Johnson, Michaela Manifold, Brittney Kostek and Josie Berger. (Photo by Bill Morgan)
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