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.


BETTY THIELEN, 88, of Big Lake was seriously injured in a traffic accident on Airport Road in Big Lake Township Thursday afternoon. (Archive photo by Jennifer Edwards).

BIG LAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT COUNCIL have purchased hydration stations for their school and help prevent waste from plastic water bottles. Front row from left to right is Sophie Wesolowski, Emily Zinken, Erin Rootes, Mia Mielke, Destinee Schieck and Annika Holl. Back row from left to right is Erik Poffenberger, Sydney Throolin, Hailey Atwood, Cassie Walsh, Trent Ramert, Isabella Dahlen, Lexi Nau and Ashlyn Mattson. (Submitted photo).

SHERBURNE COUNTY SHERIFF Joel Brott at the Orrock Township meeting Wednesday. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

THE BIG LAKE AMBASSADORS take charge of the serving line.