Monday, December 12, 2011
Don't know what to get your partner this year for the holidays? Here are some ideas.
Whether you are shopping for your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife, here are some gift ideas that are sure to please: 1. Tea for my honey. Pick up Tea for my Honey, from Brissonte. This sweet treat is only $8.99 and a perfect stocking stuffer. 2. Jewelry Vault. Shopping for your girlfriend or wife? You can't go wrong with jewelry. Stop by the Jewelry Vault today or visit them online and use their "Design Your Own" program to design your own unique gemstone rings, pendants or earrings. They also have a great selection of jewelry available in the store, including diamond and steel bracelets starting at $125. If you need a gift for the man in your life, check out their selection of watches and cufflinks. Luminox watches start at $268 …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Plan to shop locally this weekend? Here are some things to know before you leave the house.
Including today and Christmas Eve, there are 16 shopping days left until Christmas. Do you have presents for everyone on your list? If not, head out this weekend before the stores get too crazy and shop! Here are five things you need to know about shopping in North Reading this weekend: 1. Wishing Well Gift Shop. Like the Wishing Well Gift Shop on Facebook and receive a free Yankee Candle Votive the next time you shop there. Buy a gift certificate and receive free truffles. 2. Walmart. Shop at Walmart for $10 holiday DVD's and board games for $5.88. Making a larger purchase? They have 26" Sanyo televisions on sale for $198 and Keurig Mini's on sale for $99. 3. CVS. CVS is a great place to buy stocking stuffers. Neutrogena skin care and …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Frosty's Fair, the NYC trip and Dads and Donuts are on tap this weekend.
Looking for something to keep you busy this weekend? Here are some ideas: FROSTY'S FAIR Where/when: Union Congregational Church, Friday 6-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Why go: Eat delicious food, get your picture taken with Santa, enjoy the game or shopping room. NYC TRIP Where/when: Meet at Ipswich River Park at 7 a.m. Register with the Parks and Recreation Department. Why go: Get some holiday shopping done or just enjoy the city. DADS AND DONUTS Where/when: Flint Memorial Library, Saturday 10:30 a.m. Why go: Dads and kids are invited for stories and treats at the library. HAM AND BEAN SUPPER Where/when: North Reading Masonic Lodge, Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Why go: Eat homemade beans, chili, clam chowder, hot dogs, chili cheese dogs…
Five things to know before you head out on Buy Local Weekend.
If you are heading out to shop this weekend, don't forget to buy local! Here are some specials to take advantage of in town: 1. Ryers Store. Ryers has several specials this weekend, including Hood one percent milk for $2.99 per gallon, Ben & Jerry's ice cream pints are two for $8, Brownstone Wines are $4.99 per bottle, Boston Coffee ground coffees are $4.99 per bag, and Mitchell's Tortilla strips are $1.99 per bag. If you buy Sam Adams, you will get a Sam Adams glass free, while supplies last. Ask for a 10 percent discount coupon for catering when you go in. 2. Brissonte. Head to Brissonte, the European-themed boutique on Main Street that offers a variety of unique and hand-made gift items. Mention that you read this, and receive 20 …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Stop by the antique store on Main Street for some unique holiday gifts.
North Reading Antiques and Collectibles on Main Street is a great place to buy collectibles and unique holiday gifts. They stock everything from jewelry to housewares to toys. The multi-dealer shop is 4000 square feet of good finds. They have a large variety of jewelry, housewares, furniture, toys, games, records and more. Some of the items are new, like handmade soap and candles, but most are vintage. "We've been swamped because people want unique gifts," Manager Phil Martin said, placing 40-year old toy cars in a display case. "They just don't make them like that anymore." If you are looking for a gift for a friend, family member or the person who has everything, the antique store has something for you. They consign items and have …
Friday, November 25, 2011
If you're going to the festival, take photos! We'll ask you for them on Monday.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Friday, November 25, 2011
The following was submitted by the Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce. Reading will kick-off the holiday season in grand style with the Annual Reading Holiday Light Festival this Sunday, November 27, from 1-4 p.m. hosted by the Reading-North Reading Chamber of Commerce. After a holiday performance by the RMHS Marching Band on the Common, Santa will switch the tree lights on and make the Common a magical place at 4:30. Festivities start at 1 p.m. and are planned for Haven Street, Lowell Street, Reading Common and Main Street. Take your family on a covered horse-drawn hay wagon or take a tour around the town by riding one of the two trolleys which will make stops at the corner of Lowell and Main Street, Grumpy Doyle’s, The Chocolate …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Greenwood Wine and Spirits is having a Thanksgiving wine tasting for Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m.
Come on down to Greenwood Wine and Spirits for their annual Thanksgiving Wine Tasting at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23. Greenwood Wine and Spirits is a high-end liquor store that will be serving unqiue reds and whites, and specially crafted beers to go along with your holiday fair. Aside from the drinks, expect to try a piece of their specialty foods including cheeses, pate and crackers. The store will also be showing off their custom gift baskets and chocolates. Check out this video featuring owner Cyndi Green talking about different holiday wine pairings.
Friday, November 18, 2011
U.S. Senator Scott Brown spoke to local business owners at the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce meeting in Stoneham on Friday about the best way to get the economy - and the job market - back on track.
If business in America is a party, the U.S. government is a wet blanket. Or so said U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) to members of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce on Friday in Stoneham. Sen. Brown said that too much regulation, too many taxes, and too much government is standing in the way of the country's economic recovery, and the only answer to the country's economic woes is to stimulate the private sector to start putting people back to work. "The most surprising thing I found when I got to Washington was how little amount of time they spend on creating jobs, and creating an environment to create jobs," said Sen. Brown. "They believe spending more money and growing the size of government is the answer. I believe that you should …
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Great American Tavern offers several different events and specials throughout the week.
Great American Tavern offers a variety of activities and specials almost every day of the week. It’s a great place to relax, unwind and have fun. “We are constantly changing things,” Manager Renee Bianchi said. On Thursday nights oysters are offered for one dollar and on Tuesdays you can order chicken wings for 25 cents. Other specials include the “high five” – five dollars for either a pizza, wings or an entrée. The tavern also boasts an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet. Wednesday night is karaoke and open mike night. It’s an opportunity to show off your singing voice. “The kids from Merrimack College came in one night,” Bianchi said. “Another night a group of regulars were in singing Sinatra and Kenny Rodgers.” Stump Trivia is offered on …
Five readers contributed their ideas. Add any that we might have missed in the comments.
As it turns out, Reading Patch readers are quite passionate about food stores. We asked a poll question recently about whether your prefer Market Basket or Stop and Shop and got a great turnout. Then, we asked about businesses to supplement your Thanksgiving feast, and those successes inspired us to ask what general food stores you’re passionate about in the area. You did not disappoint. Farmland (Wakefield) This store earned votes from “highflyer,” “Emily M,” and “M” who said it’s a good place to go for Italian deli and bakery items. “My waistline begs me to stay away,” said Emily M. Trader Joe’s (Saugus) The alternative grocer earned callouts from Readers “Emily M” and “M” who said this: “Oh how I wish Atlantic had been replaced by a …