Shopping Local Made Easy
By Wendy Allen | Photo By Jim Klousia 0
It may be easy to shop at the has-everything online store or the big box retailers, but a number of locally owned stores are making it easier to support small businesses during the holidays with online shopping and anywhere shipping.
For men with style, Context Clothing’s shop is filled with uncommon brands of men’s clothing. They’re especially well-known for their denim, leather and shoes. Or maybe your loved one would prefer something reused rather than new? Context will repair denim, within reason, giving those perfectly broken-in favorites a second life. Their Madison Market Bag, made of jute produced by a Bangladeshi organization founded on humanitarianism, is another excellent gift for farmers-market-lovers, with its sturdy construction and waterproof lining.
contextclothing.com / 113 King St., Madison
A knife that holds its edge or a cutting board that doesn’t slide across the countertop can be the difference between daily dread or lifelong enjoyment of cooking. For the passionate cooks and bakers in your family, the Kitchen Gallery offers a host of long-lasting, high-quality cookware and foodstuffs at their online and physical stores, from aprons and books to utensils and wine. They even have a gift registry. “The preparation of food is an art,” they say, “which means it carries the same layers of complexity and opportunities for self-discovery as any other art form.”
kitchengallerymadison.com / 107 King St., Madison
Handcrafted Chocolates to Die For
This is the perfect time of year to order a box of artisan-made chocolates online—it won’t melt during shipping. Plus, with these locally-owned chocolate makers, you can be confident your sweets were freshly made before going in the box, not sitting on a shelf for days or weeks. Gail Ambrosius Chocolatier offers distinct, single-origin chocolates that bring out the unique characteristics of each source region’s cacao. Candinas Chocolatier chocolates are freshly and beautifully handmade without preservatives (eat within 10 days, Markus Candinas says) and only available at his two retail locations or online. Roots Chocolates, the relative newcomer to the chocolate scene, based in Wisconsin Dells, are made on the owner’s fourth generation farm.
Candinas Chocolatier: candinas.com / 2435 Old PB, Verona / 11 W. Main St., Madison
Gail Ambrosius: gailambrosius.com / 2086 Atwood Ave., Madison / Additional retail carriers listed online.
Roots Chocolates: rootschocolates.com / Retail carriers listed online.