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Seven Places to “Shop Small” this Holiday Season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, shopping at locally owned and operated stores is a sure way to find that special gift while supporting your community. Montgomery, Maryland, residents are fortunate enough to have a variety of options to choose from, ensuring that you will find the perfect gift for everyone! Here are just a few of our top picks:

Tabletop in Takoma Park, MD.

Takoma Park, 6927 Laurel Avenue, Takoma Park, MD

Takoma Park’s Tabletop, the sister store to their popular Washington DC location, stocks only the most fun gift-worthy items, from unique jewelry to quirky handmade ceramic mugs and children’s toys. It goes without saying that this is a great place to start your holiday shopping.

Patriot’s Chesapeake Farmhouse in Beallsville, MD.

Patriot’s Chesapeake Farmhouse
Darby Store, 19801 Darnestown Rd, Beallsville, MD

Next on our list is the Patriot’s Chesapeake Farmhouse, nestled in the historic Darby Store located at the intersection of Beallsville and Darnstown Road. Whether it’s local flavors or furnishings, the Chesapeake Farmhouse has what you need to make this holiday season special with its unique mix of local history, heritage, natural resources and agriculture.

Artisans Gallery in Gaithersburg, MD.

Artisans Gallery
Shops at Potomac Valley, 12147 Darnestown Road, Gaithersburg, MD

After winning the “Best Gift Shop in Montgomery County” award, it is a no-brainer that this family owned shop made our list. From gifts such as bath and body products to books, there’s something for everyone at Artisans Gallery!

The Blue House in Bethesda, MD.

The Blue House
7770 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD

As you walk into The Blue House, let the soothing coastal blues and popping pinks and primaries soothe and cheer you. Wander through this little paradise and take it all in – the hilarious signs and books, delightful and whimsical accessories, and gifts for every occasion – you will leave feeling inspired!

The Cottage Monet in Rockville, MD.

The Cottage Monet
Rockville Town Square Plaza, 36 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD

The Cottage Monet offers thoughtful gifts and distinctive home furnishings. As a Platinum Vera Bradley retailer, The Cottage Monet carries the area’s largest inventory of Vera Bradley products in the area. The shop also offers a full line of linens as well as unique, decorative accessories for the home.

Appalachian Spring in Rockville, MD.

Appalachian Spring
Congressional Plaza, 1641 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD

From toys and games to kitchen accessories, Appalachian Spring in Rockville has a wide variety of fun, fancy pieces to choose from. This store is known for its beautiful, handcrafted one-of-a-kind art pieces made by artists and craftspeople throughout the United States. From the designer jewelry to their handmade wooden boxes and pottery, their selection of fine handcrafted items are sure to bring joy to that special someone in your life.

Kensington Antique Row in Kensington, MD.

Kensington Antique Row
Kensington Antique Row, Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD

Just a few blocks east of Connecticut Avenue in Kensington sits the area’s largest and oldest antiquing district. Kensington Antique Row boasts individual antiques and specialty shops, a multi-dealer antiques market and a design center. When you’re not shopping, be sure to visit Antique Row’s art gallery, cafes and restaurants.









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