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Local Acton Shopping Ideas for Christmas

Everything has been different this year with the pandemic, but local businesses are still prepared to deal with the holiday season. For those looking for last minute gift ideas, why not try some of the great locations in Acton? you can avoid long line ups, shipping delays, all while supporting local patrons.


What the Dickens Books and Curios provides a wide selection of books and is Acton’s only book store and a hidden gem within our community.


“[Business has been] a bit slow due to covid, but things are picking up a bit” said Ann Livingstone, owner of What the Dickens Books and Curios. “I have a lot of regular customers who come in”.


With all those books you buy, you will of course need wrapping and cards, and what a better place than local “Dollar Stretcher Daze” to grab them, you can also pick up last minute festive decorations.


Businesses need a good holiday season to be able to make it through the year, and the community has done what it can to support businesses over the holidays. “We’ve been holding our own” said Linda Ann Hush, co-owner of Dollar Stretcher Daze. “The town support has been great for small independents. We’re thankful we live where we do”.


And what would Christmas be without a fresh pair of socks? Why not check out House of Workwear for all your feet warming, and clothing needs?


“[The holiday season] started off slow but I think people are being forced to shop locally compared to shopping where they work because I’ve seen a huge increase in local shoppers compared to what I normally would have” said Matthew Galliford, owner of House of Workwear. “They’re doing their Christmas shopping; they’re doing their everyday shopping here as well”.


Next, if you cant figure out what to buy, that one person who has everything. Why not food gift certificates from one of Acton’s local restaurants like the Clay Oven? One can never have enough butter chicken.


While retail is facing its challenges with supply chains and the comfort level of patrons, restaurants face all different restrictions. “Of course, it’s difficult for everyone” said Syed Sadeque, owner of the Clay Oven, who would normally have people sitting down in their dining room, but who have only been doing takeout since the pandemic started. “It’s a different year. It’s kind of tough”.


That being said, there is a silver lining. “Last weekend, a gentleman came in” continues Galliford. “He goes, you’re the sixth local store I’ve visited today. I’m doing all my shopping locally.” Galliford smiles “It’s fantastic”.


With a little over ten days until Christmas Day, there is still time to support local businesses during the holiday season. “Thank you for your great support” finishes Sadeque. “It wouldn't be possible to keep the door open without your help. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you”.


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