With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to buy for family and friends on your holiday shopping list this season. Fortunately, the friendly shops and stores of Richmond and Wayne County offer a deep and diverse selection of meaningful items to consider for recipients of all ages.
There's no better place to shop than from local businesses. Buying goods and products from local stores supports and celebrates the value of hometown businesses and entrepreneurs, and chances are, you’re likely to find some outstanding deals on items that are much more personal and unique than what you’d get at the average big-box retailer.
Holiday open houses at local artisan shops and galleries present another fantastic opportunity to shop around, and have a great time doing it. One of the most popular Wayne County offerings, Warm Glow Candle Company at the Centerville exit on I-70 welcomes guests for a full weekend of festive fun during its annual Christmas Open House (Nov. 30 through Dec. 3, 2023).
A few local shops you might want to put on your “nice list” this year — fill up a gift basket or crate with lovingly selected items for the kitchen and home at the Village Forager in Centerville, or pop into the family-owned Bent Nickel on Richmond’s west side to browse gift inspirations and a thoughtfully vetted collection of candles, housewares and creatively repurposed furniture.
Luxe Lizzies boutique in Richmond’s Historic Depot District and The Red Chandelier in Cambridge City both offer an array of stylish women’s fashions, along with lots of feminine accessories, candles and more. You never know what treasures you might discover while perusing the quaint malls and shops of Centerville and Cambridge City, the hub of Indiana’s famous Antiques Alley. At Lavender and Sage Gardening & Home Decor, you'll find an assortment of carefully cultivated selection of plants, gardening supplies and stylish home decor. And who wouldn't love to wake up to a stocking full of signature soft caramels, chocolates and handmade sweet treats from Abbott’s Candies in Hagerstown?
Don't miss a stop at the unique gift shop within the Old National Road Welcome Center offering up a flavor of Indiana. You can discover an array of Indiana artist wares, Indiana souvenirs, books written by local and statewide artists, stocking stuffers and plenty more. This one stop shop is specially curated to offer something for everyone.
Wherever your Richmond and Wayne County holiday shopping adventures take you, save a little money along the way by downloading a free Perks Pass to enjoy discounts and freebies at local shops, attractions and restaurants.