|Buy Local, Buy Creative|
|Written by Samantha Enslen|
|Wednesday, 15 December 2010 10:06|
Waited till the last minute to get your holiday shopping done? There’s still time to get some great gifts. Best of all, you can get one-of-a-kind items made right here in Dayton.
Ready to shop?
Real Mart. Designers designing? Who would’ve thunk it? But these designs are different—they’re things you can pick up, put on, write in, put stuff in. All knitted, sewn, photographed, or constructed by the talented folks at Real Art.
A Modern Eden. Creations for kids that are adorable—without being sappy? Yes, they exist. And at A Modern Eden, they exist in the form of iPhone apps, flashcards, posters, and tote bags. Created by our friends at Forge, just for you.
Four Ambition. “No art, no heart?” That’s the way we see it. Show everyone what you believe by wearing a Four Ambition t-shirt. Are you “Uncaged?” We got that. A “Gypsy?” Got that too. All designed and screen-printed by the three brains behind Four Ambition.
Hemp Harbor. Looking for all-natural jewelry? Try hemp bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and keychains woven and beaded by DCS member April Sadowski.
Society Bodycare. Former SAA instructor Stephen Rumbaugh formulates and creates unique organic soaps, with packaging that could only come from a great designer. With soaps like The Art School Bar, the Yellow Springs Bar, and the Black Forest Bar, how can you go wrong?
Oregon District Galleries. Take a walk along Fifth and Brown Streets and pick up one-of-a-kind pieces painted, sculpted, and crafted by local Dayton artists. The Color of Energy, Orchard View, and Gallery 510 are just a few good stops along the way.
PNC 2nd Street Market. Stop by Dayton’s best farmer’s market Thursday through Saturday and pick up gifts from local growers, bakers, chefs, and crafters. The Market will be open a special day -- Wednesday, Dec. 22 -- for last-minute purchases.
Go Home. Yes, it’s a home store, but this ain’t no Pottery Barn. Alongside beautiful modern furniture, you’ll find pieces by Dayton sculptors, glassworkers, and photographers like Mike Elsass, Jim DeLange, Penny Stewart, and Steven Lee Johnson. Plus, during the holiday season, Go Home carries a variety of Real Mart items.
AND PERHAPS THE BEST GIFT OF ALL …
DCS membership. Know a young creative who’s looking for their first job … or the next step in their career? Buy them a DCS membership. It’s only $50. The networking and knowledge they’ll get from participating in DCS could be their best gift of the year.
So what are you waiting for? Start shopping … and remember … shop local, shop creatively!
Samantha Enslen runs Dragonfly Editorial and bought all her Christmas presents at Dayton and Tipp City shops. Except for the Twister game she got at Target.