BRIGHTON — With more than a dozen businesses moving to downtown this year, shoppers can expect to find unique gifts they won’t find at big-box retailers and shopping malls.
Downtown Initiatives Coordinator Gary Montoya said this is the first year that several of the retailers in the downtown that fit the season.
He said there are a number of different boutique-type merchants in the district right now — A Touch of Class, Eye Candy, Boutiques at Brighton, Milagros, Junebugz Kids Boutique, Jewelfire Diamonds, A Novel Story Bookshop — offering goods that would make great Christmas presents.
“We have been working diligently over the last four years to create the right business mix and through a great amount of word of mouth from the downtown businesses, there’s been a number of new investors who have taken the chance on downtown Brighton and are seeing quite a bit of success,” he said.
In addition to a more exciting downtown atmosphere, the Downtown Partnership will once again be kicking off its holiday marketing campaign to encourage people to shop and dine in downtown Brighton.
“Many of the downtown businesses were offering special promotions, giveaways; the restaurants were doing the same thing and also many of the downtown businesses were decorating their windows,” Montoya said of last year’s campaign. “All of that will be happening again this year.”
gifts for Women
Jewelfire Diamonds has an assortment of jewelry for women, including Reflections Beads — an affordable collection of bead and charm jewelry and a collection of jewelry from Diva Diamonds with prices starting at $100.
The Pink Door Boutiques and Nail Salon, located at 25 South Cabbage Street, has a little something for every woman, including jewelry and accessories, hats, clothing and home décor. Owned by Dedee Harris, Nails by Dedee also operates out of the boutique and has gift certificates available in denominations of your choice.
A Touch of Class carries a unique collection of clothing for women with tops and tunics ranging from $20 to $70 and trousers starting at $45 and purses by Montana West start at $50. The store also carries a number of accessories from jewelry to belts and a number of cold weather accessories like hats, gloves and scarves.
Gifts for Men
Rings, watches, cufflinks and money clips are just a few of the gifts for men at Jewelfire Diamonds. The store can also engrave Christmas gifts and make special orders.
Milagros Soap Company has shaving kits for men in addition to their soaps and lotions. Owner Sandy Jenkins said Rocky Mountain High and Patchouli Vanilla are the best selling scents for men.
Kopps Tactical and Shooting Supplies specializes in weaponry and carries a number of accessories including guns scopes, flashlights, magazines, pistol grips cleaning kits and rounds. Special orders are also available.
Gifts for kids, teens, young adults
Junebugz Kids Boutique carries children’s clothing, from preemie sizes to boys and girls size 10. Additionally, the store carries locally hand-crafted quilts, hats, booties, bibs as well as toys for children. Christmas dresses and suits are also available at the store.
Both All Star Fashion and Boutiques at Brighton carry trendy clothing and accessories for teens and young adults. All Star Fashion boasts a selection of shoes while Boutiques at Brighton features plus size clothing among its collection.
Besides carrying children’s classics, A Novel Story Bookshop carries educational toys, ant farms, stuffed animals and laser cut models of airplanes and the Titanic, to name a few. The store also does special orders.
Gifts for everyone
For artsy types, Main Street Creatives has gift certificates for its art academy, gallery and framing. The Art Academy gives people interested in art hands-on experience and instruction is provided by Janice Dickenson and other skilled artists. Photographer Jack Dean, who operates out of Main Street Creatives, also offers gift certificates.
Ladies who love their cocktails can find an assortment of cocktail inspired beauty products, in scents like merlot, grapevine, cosmo, martini and strawberry daiquiri, at Milagros Soap Company’s wine cellar. Soaps cost $7.75 per half pound, lotions and sprays are $11.50 and body butter is $14.
Gifts for expecting mothers and babies can be found at Junebugz Kid’s Boutique, which carries maternity clothing along with Baby Aspen gifts for babies; Eye Candy has hand-crafted blankets and diaper bags; and Milagros Soap Company makes body care items for babies.
A number of gifts are also available for pet lovers, including handmade dog treats, bandanas and toys at the Pink Door Boutiques and Nail Salon. A collection of products to keep Rover clean and fresh is also available at Milagros Soap company and Gone Fishin’ Pets carries an assortment of live animals like freshwater and saltwater fish, birds, reptiles as well as puppies and kittens.
Tea lovers can indulge with loose leaf teas and accessories from A Novel Story’s tea emporium. The tea emporium boasts an assortment of black and green tea as well as tea blends and pricing starts at $2.16 an ounce.
Boutiques like Eye Candy, the Pink Door and A Touch of class carry a number of home goods. Décor for walls, candle holders and upcycled furniture can be found in Eye Candy, the Pink Door also carries home décor, photo frames and aprons for cooking. A touch of class carries Woodwick candles that crackle when they burn.
Downtown businesses are also holding a number of events and promotions throughout the month of December.
Christmas shopping downtown is the perfect excuse to use your Live Local Buy Brighton card, available at the Chamber of Commerce or participating stores. Visit the Chamber website, www.brightonchamber.com, for a list of participating stores and their discounts.
A number of merchants downtown are participating in a First Fridays event on Dec. 7. A Novel Story Bookshop, Junebugz Kid’s Boutique, Milagros Soap Company, Eye Candy and A Touch of Class/The Candy Bouquet are among the businesses downtown who will be extending their hours on the first Friday of each month for shoppers.
Eye Candy will hosting a gift wrapping party on Dec. 6 and Dec. 20 for those who need space to wrap their gifts or need gift wrapping ideas for the holidays. Those who want to attend the event are asked to bring their gifts as well as their wrapping paper. The store will supply tape and scissors.