Karen Ergen looks through a showcase of jewelry as designer Dustine Jerde of Origami Owl looks on. Dustine was one of 21 vendors selling products at Clearwater Christmas Central.

Shopping locally helps businesses

Staff Writer
Ken Francis
Looking for a holiday gift but don’t want to go through the hassle of shopping at the mall or fighting holiday traffic?
 Why not stay right in Clearwater and find a gift? There are lots of local businesses with great gift ideas.
Verizon Wireless/Shock City Cellular in the Travel Plaza has the latest technology available.
An Ellipsis 7” Tablet is just $149.99. An iPhone 5s in black, white or gold is $199.99. Or choose from: LG-G2 phone in black or white for $99.99; Plantronics M25 Bluetooth headset for $59.99 or a Pure Gear case/screen protector bundle for $39.99.
Clear Waters Outfitting has paddle sports equipment starting as low as $5, fishing tackle starting at $2 and  miscellaneous gifts a s low as $3. Or pick up a gift certificate for a river trip or a stand-up paddle board rental.
Keith’s Kettle is a great place to enjoy a meal. But you can also pick up a quick holiday gift like a sweatshirt or hoodie for $20-$30. Or get someone special a gift certificate to dine at Keiths for $5-$10.
Elandah Leather and Clearwater Laser Etching have lots of unique gifts. How about a handcrafted leather belt for $30? Leather coin pouch or key case for $5-$10; Leather billfolds for $15-$30 and the famous leather mug for Shop Continued On Page 2
$75. Wall hangings for $20 and customized for $30. Glass mugs, wine glasses and flutes $10-$25. Etched wine bottles from $25-$50. Christmas ornaments for $3-$5 and picture frames from $10-$30. Or pick up a gift certificate and let that someone special select a unique gift for themselves.
More great local gift ideas to come next week.


THE BIG WOODEN CROSS which stood behind the monument known as La Pieta was broken in Our Lady of the lake Catholic Cemetery last weekend. (Submitted photos.)

THE BECKER-BIG LAKE SQUIRT B1 HOCKEY TEAM. Front row, (L-R): Erik Baker, Cooper Fredericks, Josh Lillemo, Jack Beckstrom, Kellen Hurt and Luke Boardson. Second row, (L-R): Dillon Lindenau, Nik Hughes, Ben Piehl, Eli Sheideman, Zack Dembinski, Jacob Polecec and Dylan Pishney. Coaches, (L-R): Eron Boardson, Head Coach Mark Fredericks and Jake Pishney. (Submitted photos).

Pictured above are food shelf volunteer Bob Segler, Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Dr. Scott Schulz, Tara Boone and Sara Peterson. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE SHERBURNE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THRIVENT FINANCIAL donated $1,200 worth of items to the Big Lake Community Food Shelf Tuesday. The donation included 50 hams and some personal care items. Pictured above from the left are Big Lake Food Shelf Manager Amy Robertson, Coborn’s Manager Mitch Utecht, Thrivent Financial Associate Curtis Snesrud, Coborn’s Assistant Manager John Howard, Thrivent Financials Associate Derek Birdsall and food shelf volunteer Bob Segler. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

TOMMY ECKSTROM had to think hard about what he wanted to say on the gift card for the present he had just purchased.