June 7, 2009

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES? AVOID THE BIG-BOX STORES? GET GOOD VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY? TIRED OF GIVING THE SAME OLD JUNKY TOYS AS BIRTHDAY GIFTS, KNOWING THAT THEY'LL BE AT THE BOTTOM OF A CLOSET BY NEXT WEEK? TRY ROOK NO. 17'S TOP PICKS FOR DOWNTOWN PACIFIC GROVE BUSINESSES THAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:



A NICHE IN TYME ~ 588 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, 831.643.9931 ~ FROM THE STREET YOU MAY JUST THINK YOU'RE PASSING ANOTHER HIGH-END JEWELRY STORE. DON'T YOU DARE WALK BY WITH YOUR SNOOT IN THE AIR, OR YOU'LL BE MISSING OUT! FROM THE MOMENT YOU WALK IN YOU'LL BE GREETED BY THE ZEN-LIKE PATTER OF THE INDOOR FOUNTAIN AND THE EVER-FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL OWNER. AS YOU LOOK THROUGH THE NUMEROUS CASES YOU'LL DISCOVER UNIQUE JEWELRY MADE BY LOCAL ARTISTS, SPECTACULAR ESTATE PIECES, GEMS, ROCKS AND MINERALS. THERE IS SOMETHING HERE FOR EVERYONE! TRULY. MY DAUGHTER'S CLASS HAS BEEN LEARNING ABOUT FOSSILS AND GEOLOGY THIS YEAR, SO AS PART OF THE CLASS GIFT WE FOUND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF CITRINE CUT IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART TO PRESENT TO HER ON BEHALF OF THE CLASS. MY CHILDREN ARE IN AWE OF THE SELECTION OF BEAUTIFUL AGATES, GEODES, AMMONITES AND OTHER UNUSUAL STONES. THEIR PRICES ARE EXTREMELY REASONABLE AND THEIR SERVICE IS EXCELLENT. NEXT TIME YOU'RE IN NEED OF A PRESENT FOR A CHILD'S BIRTHDAY, WHY NOT GET THEM STARTED ON A FASCINATING HOBBY LIKE ROCK COLLECTING? FOR MUCH LESS THAN YOU'D SPEND ON A BIG BOX OF PLASTIC JUNK, YOU CAN GET A CHILD SOMETHING THAT WILL REALLY "ROCK THEIR WORLD".


TESSUTI ZOO ~ 171 FOREST AVENUE, PACIFIC GROVE, 831.648.1725 ~ COLORFUL, IMAGINATIVE, A TREAT TO THE SENSES! TESSUTI ZOO FEATURES UNIQUE GIFTS FOR ALL AGES, ORIGINAL ARTWORK AND VISUAL FUN! THIS WHIMSICAL IRREVERENT SHOP IS THE CREATION OF ARTISTS EMILY OWENS AND MARY TROUP. WE LOVE EMILY & MARY FOR THE WARMTH AND VIBRANCY THEY BRINGS TO PACIFIC GROVE. THERE'S ALWAYS A SKIP IN OUR STEP AS WE WALK OUT WITH OUR ZEBRA PRINT BAGS (ADORNED WITH WAND-LIKE LOLLIES) IN HAND. FOR A GREAT ARTICLE ON TESSUTI ZOO, CHECK OUT THE CEDAR STREET TIMES.

I'M PUZZLED! ~ CORNER OF LAUREL AND GRAND AVENUES, PACIFIC GROVE, 831.655.1677 ~ HERE'S ANOTHER CASE WHERE YOU COULD POSSIBLY WALK BY THINKING, "I DON'T DO PUZZLES," AND KEEP ON WALKING WITH YOUR SNOOT IN THE AIR. AND AGAIN YOU WOULD BE MISSING OUT ON SOMETHING SPECIAL. WALK IN AND YOU ARE WARMLY GREETED BY THE OWNER, MARY. SHE AND HER STAFF ARE GENUINE, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND HELPFUL. THERE IS COMPLIMENTARY COFFEE AND COOKIES. IT JUST FEELS DOWNRIGHT NEIGHBORLY. THEY HAVE SO MANY TYPES OF PUZZLES AND GAMES THAT EVEN THE BIGGEST PUZZLEPHOBE WOULD BE TEMPTED AND THE GREATEST PUZZLE CONNOISSEUR WOULD BE PLEASED. BUT, IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A SPECIAL GIFT FOR A CHILD; SOMETHING EDUCATIONAL; SOMETHING OF QUALITY -- YOU HAVE HIT THE MOTHERLODE. RUNNING LATE TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY? NO GIFT? STOP BY I'M PUZZLED YOU'LL FIND SOMETHING GREAT IN NO TIME FLAT AND WILL LOVE THE CREATIVE COMPLIMENTARY GIFT WRAP AND GIFT CARDS (ADORNED WITH A REAL, TINY PUZZLE PIECE!). HERE YOU CAN FIND UNIQUE GAMES, KITS, AND TOYS. BE SURE TO SAY HELLO TO WALLY THE SHOP DOG!

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