Chamber Chat: Last Minute Holiday Shopping, The West End Is Here For You | News, Sports, Jobs

Alastar Dimitrie, Marketing and Events Coordinator, GINCC

When it comes to holiday shopping, the last minute doesn’t have to be the last resort, especially with so many unique, locally owned businesses.

Now it’s officially too late for most online orders to arrive before Christmas, but local retailers are here to help. Many GINCC members, like Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers and Main Street Antique Mall, have extended their vacation hours to make it easier for you to get in and get what you need.

White Bear Maple Products & Gifts has something for everyone, from sweet treats to sea urchin Christmas tree ornaments.

Rare Earth Goods is a must-see store for local artwork, clothing, fine cheeses, and a selection of high-quality beer and wine among many other unique gifts.

Many retailers have special offers for the holidays. Time Flies Quilt and Sew LLC is offering 25% off all presser feet, heavy books (feet, embroidery, overcasting, machine quilting, long arm quilting) and embroidery hoops.

Love and Bicycles has a wide range of goodies that cyclists are sure to love. They are also Michigan’s primary reseller for Sturdy Bag Designs products, including some custom made for Love and Bicycles.

West End Ski & Trail is a performance bike shop that also caters to Nordic skiers. West End Ski and Trail recently moved into a beautifully renovated storefront in Ishpeming.

If you’re looking for a gift for your family’s outdoor enthusiast, stop by Wilderness Sports, which has a wide selection of equipment for all kinds of outdoor activities. From disc golf discs and accessories to fish finders, Wilderness Sports has something for every outdoor enthusiast.

No discussion of holiday shopping would be complete without mentioning Da Yoopers Tourist Trap, voted Michigan’s Best Gift Shop 2015. Some of their products are humorous, some are practical, and all are unique.

All of these companies and many more are here to help you with your holiday shopping. By buying local, you are supporting your local economy while finding truly memorable gifts. For a complete list of GINCC member companies, visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Alastar Dimitrie is the Marketing and Events Coordinator at GINCC. He currently resides in Marquette with his partner Kaitlyn and their family of cats. He enjoys hiking, painting, reading and making rhubarb recipes.

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