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'Tis the season for buying local

Clarkston businesses have plenty to offer this holiday season

Theo Morgan of Essence on Main shows off a selection of Gratitude Stones. (click for larger version)
December 16, 2009 - Instead of shopping for a gift online or at a Walmart, why not support the local village economy?

Stores and shops along Clarkston's Main Street want you to know they have everything you need for everyone on your list this year.

"Our Chocolate Moose products are always popular. It's quick, easy, and who doesn't like chocolate," asked Gina Muzzarelli, an employee at Essence on Main, 4 S. Main Street.

Muzzarelli also said their special Gratitude Stones are also very popular this time of year.

"They're only a dollar, and they say neat things," she said.

At the Union General, 50 S. Main Street, a shopper is immediately greeted by a plethora of welcoming smells, most coming from their Aromatic Candle collection. Made by Votivo, there are more than 20 different scents from which to chose.

Also popular this holiday season – "the jewelry. It's really classic and timeless and makes a great gift," said owner Ann Stevenson.

The Union General also offers customized holiday cupcakes, Stevenson said.

"They make a great hostess gift," she said.

Looking for a gift for a Clarkston student on your list? Head over to the Village Apparel and Gifts, 12 S. Main Street, where they have a large variety of spirit wear and other gifts.

Christina Calka, left, and other employee serve customers at Village Apparel and Gifts. Photos by Patrick Riggs (click for larger version)
"I'd say spirit wear is the biggest," says Christina Calka, employee.

Necklaces and jewelry also make a great gift, Calka said.

For more information, call Village Apparel and Gifts at 248-625-8457, Union General at 248-620-3800, and Essence of Main, 248-942-4949.

Patrick is a writing student at Clarkston High School.
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