OA: Rock Cesario Column November 28, 2008

Check out downtown GJ for your holiday shopping

We are finally caving in to the madness at Triple Play Records.

Starting at 9 a.m. today we will not close our doors until Christmas Eve. That’s all music all the time 24/7 for the next 26 days.

Just kidding!

We couldn’t handle that pace for a day, let alone the better part of a month.

I will be working most of the holiday hours, so we are going to keep our regular hours and will be open for the 11 a.m. Spirit of Christmas walks and on Sundays.

Please consider doing your Christmas shopping downtown this year. There is free parking through the end of the year and that includes spaces in the new parking garage.

Most downtown businesses are staffed by the owner(s) and or their family and you don’t need to look any further for proof of that than the way that the stores are decorated.

Hands-on ownership always results in warmer customer service, quicker special orders and greater attention to detail.

There are a lot of choices when it comes to shopping downtown this holiday season. Here are some of them:

•  Enstrom’s world famous almond toffee is available fresh from their candy kitchen at Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue.

•  For unique clothing for you ladies, there’s Girlfriends, the Main Paige, Pollux, Razmatazz and Zephyr. Village Squire Men’s Shop is the one for the guys.

•  If you are looking for shoes try Grand Junction’s oldest shoe store in Benge’s, and there’s also Brown’s shoe fit and The Shoe Man on Colorado Avenue. For the added option of custom shoes there’s Mario’s Shoe Design.

•  If you need toys or games for kids of any age you can’t beat Toys for the Fun of It or Learning Works.

•  For the outdoor enthusiast there is Summit Canyon Mountaineering. For the fisher, there’s Western Anglers. Golfers love Randy Hammond’s golf.

•  Those folks on Colorado Avenue have put up with a lot this year and could really use your patronage. Please include them on your shopping outings. 

•  Jewelry is a classic Christmas gift and Page Parsons Jewelers is Grand Junction’s oldest. There is also Brink’s Fine Jewelry, Cooley Designs and Lars Custom Jewelry.

•  If you are looking for antiques try Haggle of Vendors, Cobwebs and Heirlooms for Hospice.

•  For the musician in the family, check out J. B. Hart Music and Roper Music.

•  One-of-a-kind gifts are available at Crystal Books and Gifts, Alida’s Fruits, Country at Heart, and Unique Expressions.

•  For furniture and custom design, stop in at Interiors and Office Outfitters.

And there are many more shops downtown for you to explore, some that defy categorization.

Some of our finest restaurants are downtown along with several places to kick back with a libation.

So relax make a day or two of it and come downtown for an unforgettable holiday experience.

We appreciate you very much and look forward to wishing you happy holidays.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. E-mail him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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