Shoppers visiting Tunkhannock this weekend for ‘Christmas in Our Hometown’ could find local gifts for everyone on their list.
The Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association hosts its annual downtown Christmas celebration this Friday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
In addition to floral offerings at Monzie’s Floral Design on 27 E. Tioga St., shoppers could also browse gifts in The Shoppe at Monzie’s.
Monzie’s carries a line of homemade soaps through Obeck Naturals of Tunkhannock, including a seasonal scent, “Griswold Family Tree.”
Tunkhannock hats and tee-shirts from The Finan Detail are also for sale, as well as decorative signage with local themes. The shop also plans to carry locally made ceramic trees from Falls.
The shop sells syrup, barbecue sauce and mustard from River Nuts Syrup Company of Meshoppen, as well as pickled garlic and mustard from Lori’s Country Delights of Tunkhannock.
Shoppers could also find honey from D’z Beez in Meshoppen, as well as marinades from Wyldflower Farms in Montrose.
Owner Monica LaBar-Hughes said people could be quick to look online for gifts without realizing what retailers sell locally, such as her selection of Will Leather Goods.
“Shop local first and see what you can find,” echoed shop manager Lonni Schmeckenbecher. “We always try to carry unique things.”
Across the street at Mercantile 22, 22 E. Tioga St., Ross Cameron and Lisa Tizzoni have also made it a point to incorporate local goods into their merchandise.
“One thing we’re proud of is that we have some local products,” Cameron said.
Mercantile 22 carries its own private label coffee, jams and jellies, as well as products from Spring Pottery and the Pittston Ketchup Company.
Shopping at Mercantile 22’s historic location serves as a reminder of local roots with its original 1877 ceiling, exposed brick wall and original hardwood floors.
“You really step back in time,” he said.
From Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. through Dec. 7 at 4 p.m., Mercantile 22 also hosts an Artisan Market featuring local vendors and food trucks.
Next door at Prehempt CBD Boutique, 18 E. Tioga St., Sarah Streby sells CBD-infused berry yerba mate from Purple Pepper Farms in Noxen alongside her slate of CBD products.
“As far as I know, we’re the only ones in Wyoming County that carry it,” she said.
Down a few storefronts at Eclectic Heart Antiques & Furnishings Store, 2 E. Tioga St., customers could find a mix of everything old and new.
“We have some Christmas items and we have made in Pennsylvania soy candles,” said Judy Mead. “You can also find a gift that brings back a memory.”
On 81 Warren St., Downtown Sundry offers local gifts in addition to its health and wellness products.
This includes Gertrude Hawk chocolates from Dunmore, Wild Meats from Wilkes-Barre, The Beekeeper’s Daughter honey from Plains, Counterpart Kombucha from Drums, Blue Bee Bistro sauce from Scranton, and coffee and chocolate from Honesdale’s MOKA Origins.
Camp mugs with a “570” logo and Christmas ornaments made of recycled metal in the shapes of Pennsylvania, animals and more also serve as a nod to the area. The store has added a significant amount of merchandise since opening last year.
“Last year was kind of our grand opening during Christmas in Our Hometown, so we didn’t know what to expect, but it was a good one,” said co-owner Cristina Cotto-Anderson. “We’re expecting hopefully a good crowd.”
On 90 E. Tioga St. is Jewelry World, where Michael DiStadio offers a variety of fine jewelry, from watches to wedding bands, as well as custom orders, repairs and cash for jewelry.
“I do make jewelry for the customer depending on what they like,” he said, adding that the store offers vintage and costume jewelry. “Whatever we don’t have, I can usually get for people.”
Gay’s True Value Hardware, 189 E. Tioga St., sells honey from J&J Apiary in Tunkhannock and Loch’s Maple Syrup in Springville alongside its variety of hardware and outdoor essentials.
Stop at the Mayflower Florist on 74 Bridge St. for more Christmas finds, including poinsettias, fresh flowers and more.
“We make a lot of artificial wreaths that are designed by us, unique, one-of-a-kinds,” said owner Karen Passarelli. “For Christmas in Our Hometown, we do a fresh green Christmas basket, so you could take it home and have a good smell.”
Ebb’s Candy Jar, 60 Bridge St., plans to sell a variety of wreaths, kissing balls and more in addition to its usual candy offerings, such as artisan truffles and Hammond’s hard candy.
“We have all kinds of candy,” said owner Eileen Barziloski. “All the old fashioned.”
Ebb’s is also carrying fresh roasted nuts from Vikki’s Nuthouse out of Plains.
“That will be something new for us this year,” she said.
At the Nimble Hill Winery & Brewery Tasting Room on 3971 Route 6, customers could purchase gift baskets. Nimble Hill offers its year round wines and beers, as well as premium wines that launched on Nov. 22 and seasonal brews such as the Turbo Diesel Russian Imperial Stout.
“They can always taste it before they purchase it,” reminded tasting room manager Jen Durland.
On 512 Towne Plaza is JR’s Hallmark, which has brought the Endless Mountains and Tunkhannock theme to keepsake ornaments. The store also carries an Endless Mountains mug, as well as products from AOS Metals in Scranton.
Glenda Shoemaker said the store is ready for Christmas shoppers, though she’s unsure if she will extend the hours of operation for Christmas in Our Hometown.
The store has been locally owned for 31 years, differing in many ways from a corporate Hallmark.
“It’s not your regular Hallmark store by any means,” she said.
Next door at The Finan Detail, shoppers can find a variety of Tunkhannock apparel during regular business hours.
“We have a lot of different Tunkhannock gear and we do a lot of custom orders,” said Taylor Finan.
The shop carries items specific to the Tunkhannock Area School District, as well as the town, making great gifts for locals and people who have moved out of the area.
For veterans or active military personnel, Finan Detail carries hats and tee-shirts related to The Wall That Heals, a touring Vietnam Veterans Memorial replica coming to Tunkhannock this spring.
For more information about Christmas in Our Hometown and a full schedule of events, visit tunkhannockbusiness.com.