Looking for ways to support your community while gifting unique items this holiday season? It’s time to shop local!
This year, Small Business Saturday, an annual day dedicated nationally to highlighting the unique finds found only at local specialized boutiques and stores across the country, falls on the same day as Stroll on State, November 30.
Check out a few of our favorite local shops you should check out during Stroll on State (and every day of the year)!
Four blocks east of the Rockford City Market pavilion sits a fashion boutique with affordable fashion and unique gifts. 510 Threads, located at 510 E State Street, carries dresses for all occasions (including holiday office and NYE parties), purses, winter hats, accessories (like jewelry to go with your holiday dress or socks to keep your feet warm) and more. If you can’t make it to the store, you can shop online 24/7 at www.510threads.com.
Ready to add another Rockford-themed shirt to your collection? Rockford Art Deli, located at 402 E State Street, combines eco conscious printing with hand-crafted designs for a collection of really RAD shirts and other items, including cups, stickers and dog bandanas. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the Art Deli employees printing up their new and fan-favorite designs on the printing press located in the middle of the shop. Check them out online at www.rockfordartdeli.com.
If you’re visiting downtown Rockford, you can’t miss Bath & Body Fusion located at 324 E State Street. Owner, Jenny Ralston, has been handcrafting skincare products since 2011. Using the finest ingredients, this one-of-a-kind bath and body shop offers products including their #1 selling dream cream, bath bombs and face and body scrubs – all making perfect stocking stuffers! You can find more of their products in store and online at www.bathandbodyfusion.com.
The Collector’s Bench
Have an avid sports fan in your life? The Collector’s Bench, located at 218 E State Street, has everything you need, including sports cards, signed jerseys, memorabilia and more. The shop serves as a place to buy, sell and trade sports memorabilia, including items from the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Lakers and New England Patriots. Visit the store online at www.thecollectorsbench.com or in-person for a wider selection and good sports conversation!
London Avenue Designs
There is nothing quite like fresh flowers! London Avenue Designs, located next to the City Market Pavilion at 214 E State Street, has been serving up fresh floral and unique gifts in their downtown boutique since 2016. Spruce up any holiday party with $15 floral arrangements every Wednesday and unique seasonal décor. Keep up with their season floral arrangements and more at www.instagram.com/londonavenuedesigns.