Shopping locally: a last-minute treat in Golden

Shoppers find unique gifts on Washington Avenue

Posted 12/28/15

People love to shop in Golden, and despite the cold evening on Dec. 23, shoppers came to Washington Avenue from all over to find some unique, last-minute gifts for the holiday season.

Avenue Gifts has been in Golden for 10 years, and the shop has …

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Shopping locally: a last-minute treat in Golden

Shoppers find unique gifts on Washington Avenue

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People love to shop in Golden, and despite the cold evening on Dec. 23, shoppers came to Washington Avenue from all over to find some unique, last-minute gifts for the holiday season.

Avenue Gifts has been in Golden for 10 years, and the shop has a great customer base, owner Donna Owen said.

“We have regulars plus tourists,” she said, “so it makes for a great mix.”

Beth Andersen lives in Lakewood, and discovered Golden Goods a couple months ago. She decided at that time she would do her holiday shopping in Golden. And on Dec. 23, that’s what she was doing with her husband and two daughters.

The shop has a unique variety, she said, and the trick was to make her purchases without her family seeing what she was buying.

Nancy Keyser of Arvada stopped at Woody’s for pizza, and ended up shopping at Golden Goods for her 8-year-old and 5-year-old granddaughters. Her grandsons like gift cards and money because they’re older, she said.

Owner of Earth Sweet Botanicals, Crystal Baldwin, said she has been busy since she opened shop on Dec. 10.

“A lot of locals have been coming in, and they are really happy,” she said. “They’re glad to be able to shop locally.”

People do tend to finish up their shopping locally, said Abby Flowers, assistant merchandiser at Vital Outdoors.

They “like to avoid the mall,” she said.

Shoppers have been buying lots of socks and gloves for those last-minute stocking stuffers, Flowers said.

At Silver Horse, jewelry is probably the most popular last-minute gift, owner Wendy Beggs said.

Earrings, necklace sets and pendants. And scarves.

“Scarves are definitely a hit this season—again,” Beggs said.

Goldenite Joe Foremski made his way up one side of Washington Avenue, then he was going to turn around and make his way down the other side. He was shopping for a few last minute things “to finish it up.”

He likes being able to shop locally, he said, “in the town that matters the most.”

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