It’s ‘Black Friday.’ Just the name is enough to send chills up the spine if you are the kind of person who does not like crowds. It is billed as the day to get great deals for your holiday shopping, and that may be the case, but the personal cost is great. Personally, I would not even consider camping out in the cold in an effort to be the first person in the store and grabbing for the items I want before someone else can get them. To me, it really does not fit into the spirit of the season. Fortunately, for me and others like me, the NC Brunswick Island towns are small and offer local shops with a variety merchandise where we can find unique gifts for our loved ones. The town of Southport, for instance, has instituted a ‘Shop Local’ weekend. It’s easy to participate. You can even sleep in if you want to as the stores keep regular hours, opening at 10 AM. You will not have to push your way into the shops and you will be greeted with smiles and true southern hospitality, including refreshments in some cases. You will also be contributing to the local economy and to the livelihoods of local residents. The variety of shops is amazing including a shop that specializes in Christmas items, jewelers, clothing shops, art galleries, kitchen shops, oriental shops, pet shops, and more. Here are just a few suggestions:

At Bullfrog Corner you will find everything children from educational toys to puzzles to stuffed animals to dolls and much more: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/southport/bullfrog-corner/profile/)

At Cape Fear Jewelers, you can purchase the unique Southport Bracelet as well as any other jewelry you can imagine: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/southport/cape-fear-jewelers/profile/)

At Sole Searching you will be delighted by shoe styles that you will never find in chain stores as well as funky purses and other accessories: (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/shop/southport/sole-searching/profile/)

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