The Billings Outpost

Try local stores for Black Friday shopping, too

By SHARIE PYKE

For The Outpost

American Express and other national money lenders have come up with a new way to get you to whip out the plastic: Green Saturday. After hitting the box stores on Black Friday, shop at small businesses, they urge.

Bah, humbug! The only thing small about locally owned retail stores is their square footage. Buy from your neighbors and you’ll receive super-sized service and personal attention, along with a plethora of gifts picked especially with Billings shoppers in mind.

So skip the Black Friday feeding frenzy at the big box stores that now threatens to take over Turkey Day itself. The following sample of local retailers selling everything from chocolates to saddles will help you get started.

The Billings Outpost says thanks to its fellow small businesses and you, our readers, for support through the years. Happy Holidays!

LOCAL BUSINESS

SHOPPING GUIDE 2012

DOWNTOWN

• Barjon’s Books. 221 N. 29th St. 252-4398. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Flying wish papers. Write this wish on paper and it flies in the air. 15 wishes for 10.95. $18.95 for 50.

• Al’s Bootery. 1820 First Ave N. 245-4827. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Selling both western and work boots. Buy a gift certificate.

• Bottega Clothing, Bottega Baby, 2814 Second Ave. N. 248-9078. Open Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thirty percent off the entire store, plus many other specials.

• Desmonds Men’s Store. 2819 Second Ave N. 245-4612. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Better men’s wear.

• Gypsy Wind. 202 N. 29th St. 252-2007. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. A true boutique: women’s clothing, antiques, collectibles, an eclectic mixture.

• Lou Taubert Ranch Outfitters. 123 N. Broadway. 245-2248.

• Marcasa Clothing. 100 N. Broadway (406) 256-5585. Contemporary men’s and women’s clothing. Look for surprises on Friday.

• Montana Vintage Clothing. 112 N. 29th St. 248-7650. 10-530. Check out the new store.

• NeeCee’s. 2821 Second Ave N. 248-1722. www.facebook.com/neeceeshttp://www.facebook.com/neecees. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Twenty percent off storewide from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 15 percent off from 2-4 p.m., and 10 percent off until 6 p.m.

• Good Earth Market. 3024 Second Ave. N. 259-2622. Open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Environmentally friendly gifts: scarves, stockings, hats, ornaments. Fresh roasted nuts. Special order gift baskets.

• Montague’s Jewelers. 2810 Second Ave. N. (406) 294-9370. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jewelry designed by award-winning artist Gregg Ruth. Storewide discounts of up to 70 percent.

• Brockel’s Chocolates. 117 N. 29th St. 248-2705. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Unique, handmade chocolates and candies. Create your own assortment.

• Global Village. 2720 Third Ave. N. 259-3024. Open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Creches and ornaments from around the world.

• Mitchell Golf. 3007 Montana Ave. 245-8691. 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Bonus for purchase of a $100 gift certificate: one hour of simulator time, a $28 value.

• Montana Leather Co. 2015 First Ave. N. 245-1660. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leather, belts, finished saddlery goods, deerskin gloves made in Montana.

Oxford Hotel Antiques. 2411 Montana Ave. 248-2094. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Vintage costume jewelry. Records. Retro ’50s furnishings and Christmas ornaments. Toys.

• Rand’s Custom Hats. 2205 First Ave. N. 259-4886. Handmade, custom felt hats, to your specifications. Miniature hat gift certificates for Christmas.

• Paula’s Edibles. 2712 Second Ave. N. 655-0865. 8 a.m. until the parade ends. The signature piece: chocolate-dipped cinnamon Santas.

• Yesteryears Antiques. 256-3567. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. An antiques mall, now expanded, with dozens of dealers and also consignments.

WEST END

• Apricot Lane. 1603 Grand Ave. Suite 100. 839-9360. 8 am to 6 p.m. Free gift for first 100 customers. Something for everyone. Wide price range.

• Buffalo Chips Indian Arts and Crafts. 327 S. 24th St. W. 656-8954. 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. One-of-a-kind jewelry, turquoise.

• Copper Colander. 2440 Grant Road. 294-9628. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday only, 30 percent off everything on the 100-foot gadget wall, plus other in-store specials.

• Montana Cycling & Ski. 824 Shiloh Crossing Blvd. 534-0430. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Everything for winter sports and cycling.

• The Spoke Shop. 1910 Broadwater Ave. 656-8342. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. On special, Socks Guy socks. Buy one, get one free.

• The Base Camp. 1730 Grand Ave. 248-4555. 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Black diamond power stretch gloves. $12.95. Lorpen merino wool socks, adult light or medium weight, and for kids, all half price.

• Jason’s Clothing for Men. 2564 King Ave. W. 655-4300. 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jason’s offers holiday bucks. Every customer receives from $25 to $65 off.

• Broadwater Mercantile Antiques. 1844 Broadwater Ave. 652-4590. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Storewide discounts of up to 50 percent off.

• Montague’s Jewelers. Rimrock Mall. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Selected group of items from 40 percent to 70 percent off. Western Montana loose sapphires.

• Chalet Market 327 24th St. W. 656-6600. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Many Made in Montana products, including buffalo salami.

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