By Danielle Taylor
With the holiday season officially underway, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones and holiday décor for your home. Fortunately, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region is full of unique small businesses with lots of intriguing items and services for sale, and you’re sure to find something for even the most challenging giftee on your list. As you plan out your holiday shopping, consider these fantastic local retail destinations and give your friends and family something they’ll really love.
Live Christmas trees, wreaths, centerpieces, poinsettias, and other greenery add the scents of the holidays to your home and a pop of bright color to your décor, and C & A Trees in Clarion offers these Christmas staples in great quality and at great prices. If you have a gardener on your list, consider a gift card they can use for the garden center’s wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees (including fruit trees!), vegetables, hanging baskets, and more. The gift room also offers everything from Naked Bee personal care products to Jellybean rugs to whimsical wind chimes.
53 Tree Lane, Clarion
This eclectic shop features a year-round Christmas room, an array of country and primitive home décor and housewares, a women’s boutique with fashion apparel and jewelry, a baby boutique with clothing and accessories, and a huge selection of quilting fabrics, patterns, and supplies. Stop by their two-story Victorian general store for a look at their selection and to sign up yourself or a loved one for an upcoming quilting class.
6361 Canoe Ripple Road, Knox
Stop by this old-fashioned country store on the way between I-80 and Cook Forest for country primitives, Americana, local art, indoor and outdoor furniture, garden décor, holiday décor, Buddy Boy Wines, and more. In every nook and cranny, you’ll discover something you can’t find anywhere else.
864 Route 36, Brookville
This collective sells the work of more than 65 local creatives, from music to wood and metal décor to jewelry to books to tea. Many artists also teach hands-on classes in their crafts throughout the year, so you’ll find an item or event for any artist or art enthusiast on your list.
34 E. 4th Street, Emporium
Any fan of America’s favorite pastime would enjoy a custom-made baseball bat from BWP Bats, and the company creates a range of handmade hardwood products so there’s something to fit every player and enthusiast of the sport. In addition to a number of bats for use on the field, BWP also produces custom commemorative and trophy bats — always a big hit! Use the discount code CHRISTMAS on ShopBWP.com to receive 30 percent off your online order, or stop by the factory outlet for a tour of the production facility and an in-person look at the variety of bats available for all ages.
80 Womeldorf Lane, Brookville
If you have an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman on your list, spend some time in this shop in Tionesta. They carry Tionesta and Forest County souvenirs, gifts, clothing, and a range of necessities for those who enjoy spending their time outside.
632 Elm Street, Tionesta
Support a good cause with your wallet this holiday season by shopping at Elkwood Arts, a vocational facility that provides employment training to intellectually and developmentally disabled adults who produce quality, hand-made wood products. These include toilet paper cabinets, ornaments, potato and onion bins, cheese and cutting boards, shelves, key racks, accent lights, and much more.
43 Servidea Drive, Ridgway
The Pennsylvania Great Outdoors region features 18 wineries, two breweries, and Pennsylvania’s only handmade moonshine distillery on its popular Wine Trail, and they sell a range of moonshines, microbrews, small-batch wines, home-canned goods, smoked meats and cheeses, housewares, and other goods perfect for the adults on your list.
If your loved ones prefer experiences over physical presents, consider taking advantage of our winter lodging specials, which offer great deals for vacation getaways in the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors. Make memories in a luxurious lodge or snug little cabin amidst the pines in Cook Forest, a cozy cottage with elk in the yard in Benezette, an elegant historic B&B in Ridgway, or another great destination within the region.