The holiday season is fast approaching, and for many that means figuring out what to get your loved ones.
You could get a dime-a-dozen trinket, or the latest electronic gadget, OR you could do something different this year.
Huntsville is chock full of stores selling local goods, so ditch the name brand kitsch and get your loved ones something truly unique.
Huntsville’s most popular printmaker has a store smack in the middle of Lowe Mill, and it is busting to the seams with original, creative merchandise. From funny aprons to yearly calendars, Green Pea Press works with local artists to produce one-of-a-kind items.
Good For: A humorous tote bag for a funny friend, or an ironic dish towel for a hipster relative
One of the main tourist attractions in the “Rocket City”, the Space and Rocket Center is the perfect place for any child or child-like adult. But it isn’t just the exhibits and space simulations that guests can enjoy – there is also some serious space swag in the gift shop.
Good For: Friends and relatives obsessed with outer space.
This local hardware store has been in operation since 1897, and has as much history as it does quirky goods. Harrison Brothers is stocked with everything from local jam to children’s toys, and has an additional room to house works of art.
Good For: Kids that loves old toys, or a family member that loves local art.
Huntsville’s love affair with local breweries isn’t wasted on Straight to Ale. This brewery sports a sweet taproom AND brewery room with a stage, plus a wide variety of the tastiest suds. Hardcore fans of this iconic brand can showcase their love in goodies from their store. Some of the featured swag includes canvas prints of artwork done of several of their beers, prints on wood, posters, tin tackers of the STA logo, t-shirts and earrings.
Good For: Craft beer fans, dudes that love decorating their “man cave”.
This one stop shop has artist booths wall to wall, and contains local art in every medium. From oil paintings, to handmade jewelry, to photography, The ARTery has a variety of artists setting up shop in their space.
Good For: The friend that loves photography, your girlfriend that loves handcrafted jewelry.