425 Market Place, Roswell (770) 992-5400
With hundreds and hundreds of interesting and unique items to choose from in 7,000 square feet of inventory space, it would be almost impossible for discerning shoppers not to find something at 425 Market Place Antiques that would make an appealing gift.
On ground level, 16 different dealers stock a wide array of antiques and collectibles.
On the second floor, local artisans create distinctive pieces both functional and decorative.
425 Market owner Becky Nelson suggested some gorgeous old glass items as a gift idea.
“Colored glass is coming back into vogue,” she said.
Ruby red glass, which dates to the ‘20s and ‘30s, isn’t made any more because small amounts of gold were used in it to achieve its rich, deep hue. Green glass from the ‘60s and blue Depression glass also are singular pieces.
Other ideas are mechanical banks with a NASA theme dating to the ‘60s, Toby mugs from the ‘50s and original Star Wars and Disney merchandise.
26 Webb Street, Roswell (770) 643-0402
Need a gift for a teacher or a neighbor this season?
How about a stocking stuffer for a daughter, aunt or cousin?
Serendipity, a quirky little shop off of Canton Street, is a great place to load up on presents that are sure to please.
“My shop specializes in gifts under $25,” said owner Adriana Ferlino.
Her stock ranges from jewelry and other exceptional items created by local artisans to merchandise from famous brands like John Wind, Natural Life, Gypsy Junkies and Lenny and Eva. Scarves, bags, purse organizers, one-of-a-kind belt buckles, whimsical caps, candles and linens are just some of the choices for gifting.
One of the themes for Serendipity merchandise is friendship, and there are plenty of inspirational items with sayings and quotes celebrating that sentiment, both with humor and emotion.
Avalon Estate Jewelers
1055 Mansell Road, Roswell (770) 645-0053
David Yurman, Tiffany, Cartier and Rolex are just a few of the names customers will find in the cases at Avalon.
The store, which purchases and sells primarily estate jewelry, has some distinctive, elegant pieces that date to the ‘20s to the ‘60s but are timeless in their appeal.
Owner Frank Barnhill said with vintage jewelry, the quality is usually very good but the items generally are less expensive than modern designs.
“We try to sell at wholesale or below,” he said. Barnhill is a gemologist and his son, Michael, is a master jeweler.
They are ready and willing to assist customers in picking out just the right gift.
1045 Canton Street, Roswell (678) 522-3758
You don’t have to have a dog or a cat yourself to shop at Pet Fancy for Christmas.
“People tend to buy gifts for their friends’ or relatives’ pets. It’s a nice holiday gesture,” said Jim Lowe, who owns the store with his wife Jan.
This pet specialty retailer stocks cutting-edge natural pet products with an emphasis on items that are local, functional and affordable.
Their food and treat selections include top grade gourmet and natural or organic products for both dogs and cats, as well as an all natural treat bakery case.
And there is a dazzling assortment of collars and leads in all colors and designs, including SEC and ACC collegiate team gear, that are seldom seen elsewhere.
For the pooch who’s bored, there are IQ games and puzzles, such as a ball that is stuffed with a treat the canine has to figure out how to extract.
Oli + Ve
1003 Canton Street, Roswell (770) 587-4244
Prepare to be bowled over by the vast array of vinegars and olive oils Suzanne Davidson and Deborah Hardee have in their unusual retail store in a converted Canton Street cottage.
The vinegars are all balsamic and barrel-aged in Modena, Italy, with infusions of flavors such as peach, Sicilian lemon, cranberry pear and black cherry.
Tastes of any and all can be had either straight up or combined with a splash of one of the many extra virgin olive oils from around the world.
A splash of raspberry balsamic on a dot of cheesecake and a drizzle of blackberry ginger vinegar on plain vanilla ice cream were delightful revelations of the vinegars’ versatility.
Davidson and Hardee are extremely helpful in suggesting pairings of vinegars or oils with other foods and offer several recipe ideas on their web site.
The olive oils also come in tempting flavors such as basil, blood orange, Persian lime and Tuscan herb.
134 Marietta Highway, Roswell (678) 461-9205
Savvy shoppers have long known that it’s hard to beat consignment stores for amazing finds at wallet-friendly prices.
One of the area’s best, Unique Boutique, has been satisfying the most discerning tastes for eight years.
Upscale name brands are the norm here, either gently used, practically new or never worn or used. A good example is the Louis Vuitton backpack, priced at $899 here but would retail for $1,700.
The consigner thought she would be doing some world travel, but it didn’t come to pass, so she brought it in to the boutique, said manager Mandee Jalbert.
Clothing and accessory brands like St. Johns, Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, Coach, Escada and Anthologie are sprinkled liberally throughout the shop. “We also have designer jeans galore,” Jalbert said. Sizes range from 0 to 22.
Both costume and better jewelry also can be found.
Go With the Flow
4 Elizabeth Way, Roswell (770) 992-3200
The temperature may currently be seesawing up and down, but it’s a pretty safe bet there are some genuinely cold months still ahead.
Keep the man in your life warm in some well-designed outerwear from respected brands like Columbia, North Face and Patagonia.
Go With the Flow in historic Roswell sells everything from fleece vests, jackets and pullovers to lambs wool sweaters and windproof, waterproof jackets.
Ideal for hard-core outdoorsman, these pieces are equally stylish and comfortable for weekend jaunts to the mall.
“It’s technical outerwear as well as casual, everyday pieces,” said Barrett Schubert, who co-owns the store with his brother David. “The fit is easy and breathable, with a great range of motion.”
The store also has lots of sporting goods and equipment for the active male and his mate.
Of particular note is the Yeti cooler, which can keep things iced for up to six days, Schubert said.