2010 Holiday Gift Guide
|By City Pulse Staff|
'Tis the season — and giving is the reason. As the holiday rush approaches, find something for everyone on your list without making endless trips to department stores. Unique items are available all around Lansing, homemade and homegrown to suit your needs. From beads to beats, food and art, Lansing has all sorts of items for those shoppers looking for a more personalized gift this holiday season. Why settle for the same gift everyone else is getting, when you can get pure quality Lansing?
307 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 482-8845 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Wed.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Absolute Gallery features Michiganthemed posters ($30) and the work of Michigan artist Sue Wagner, who creates jewelry out of ordinary materials. For instance, Wagner created a bracelet and necklace set out of wing nuts ($30 for the bracelet, $75 for the necklace). The gallery also features Christmas ornaments made by Grand Rapids artist Lori Kanneraad.Graig Mitchel Smith Glass Gallery
Located in the Macys Wing of Meridian Mall 1982 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos (517) 420-3721 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sunday
The Glass Gallery, which recently opened in Meridian Mall, has a wide selection for any holiday shopper in the market for art or decorations. One attraction is, of course, Craig Mitchell Smith’s National Christmas Tree Ornament, featuring the figure of a cardinal ($75). The gallery also sells hand-cut glass snowflakes of varying shapes and sizes ($30 for the small, $50 for the large), and icicles ($9.50 each, or 10 for $75) that would make great ornaments on any tree.
Other potential holiday items include glass leaves ($15-$90) and prints of the gallery’s larger works.By The Riverside Gallery
1209 Turner St., Lansing (517) 484-6534 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Wed.; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thurs.- Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.
By the Riverside Gallery features an array of pottery and jewelry, almost all made by local artists, including jewelry from Simarhra, which incorporates 24-karat gold and semi-precious stones. The jewelry sells for anywhere from $10 to $150, based on the materials and craftsmanship. All of the pottery in the gallery is created by Michigan artists.
These pieces range in price from $20 to $100, based on size. By the Riverside Gallery also features hand-blown glass and paintings by Michigan artists.
2015 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing (517) 267-0541 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.The Bead Boutique features a wide array of beads, but that’s not all. Owner Barbara Murray crafts many pieces of jewelry herself, including a vintage-style bracelet that features German glass beads, beads from Italy, Swarovski crystals and pearls ($60).
Curious Book Shop
307 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 332-0112 www.curiousbooks.com 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
In addition to an astonishing array of vintage books, magazines and collectibles (including movie posters, old advertisements and Big Little Books from the 1930s), Curious also features a variety of paperback and hardback novels from Michigan authors ($2.95 to $30).
Flat, Black and Circular
541 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 351-0838 www.flatblackandcircular.com 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Thur. and Sat.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.
FBC offers CDs ($5 to $13) and vinyl records ($10 to $15) by local musicians; a few 7-inch singles are also available for $5-$7.
1212 Turner St., Lansing (517) 484-3545 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
The just-opened Gallery 1212 exhibits work by many local artists. The space currently features work by Lisa Poulson, a glasswork artist from Ann Arbor. Her pieces are similar to mosaics in style, but use many different colors of glass to create intricate designs.
These pieces are priced at $200 to $300. Poulson also makes glass lamps ($200) with a similar color and design scheme. Gallery 1212 also offers workshops in everything from watercolor to photography.
1220 Turner St., Lansing (517) 485-3404 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Fri; 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat; 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun
Giving gifts to a foodie this holiday season? Unique flavors of fresh popcorn are Cravings’ specialty. Cravings Popcorn in Old Town Lansing also has seasonings and popping oils. For the holiday season, they feature a box with 12 bags of popcorn in a variety of flavors ($50). More traditional tins are also available with different holiday themed exteriors ($32 for up to three flavors). Other gift ideas include packaged items to help you make the best batch of popcorn. One set includes a microwaveable bowl, popcorn kernels, peanut oil, and some seasoning ($24.99).
Grove Gallery Co-op
325 Grove St. Suite A, East Lansing (517) 333-7180 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Tues–Fri; noon-4 p.m. Sat.-Sun. grovegallerycoop.com
The Grove Gallery Co-op in East Lansing features pieces made by local artists that are members of the co-op. The gallery sells handmade jewelry: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, etc. Prices start at about $18 for earrings and are determined by the size of the pieces and effort used to make them. Also available are journals and sketchbooks with handmade surface designed exteriors by Candace Farmer. In the holiday spirit, gallery artists are also selling Christmas ornaments in a variety of styles ranging from felt fish and peace signs to decorated glass ornaments. These range in price from $7 to $15. Gift certificates for avid art lovers are also available through the co-op.
115 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 927-8628 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Sat; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Need a gift for the fashion guru in your life? Grace of Old Town features a variety of clothing and jewelry and handbags.
Just in time for the shopping season, handbag designer and Michigan State University grad, Jenna Kator brings Grace the Old Town handbag. Kator’s line of handbags has a unique twist: Each handbag is named after a Michigan city. Kator has named one of the bags in her winter collection after Old Town Lansing, which will be available in Grace, along with Kator’s other bags. Each bag comes with a postcard-sized write-up detailing the design of the bag, along with information on the city that inspired it.
Lambs’ Gate Antiques
1219 Turner St., Lansing (517) 999-2617 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat.
Lambs’ Gate Antiques makes a concerted effort to acquire interesting antiques that have been passed down through generations of Michigan families. In their store, they feature old books from Sexton High School and East Lansing High School, as well as furniture, such as a chair that was made by the Grand Ledge Chair Co. If you want a practical throwback to the past, they also carry Natural Old White House Laundry Soap ($80), made in Portland. They also carry a line of handcrafted bath soap ($5) from the Soap Shoppe, based in Laingsburg. Lamb’s Gate Antiques also has another store at 208 South Bridge St. in Grand Ledge that is a little larger and features more items than the Old Town location.
1214 Turner St., Lansing (517) 708-8916 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
It’s the first holiday season for this gallery, which opened in September. Scented candles to carved soaps, scarves and handbags to jewelry — they’re all here. The soaps, with inlaid carvings and designs, cost $7.95. The store also has Christmas-themed scarves by Jennifer Litteral ($19.99 to $34.99) and unusual cloth handbags by Ellie Conneol for $32. You can also find jewelry and recycled furniture, like Shannon McKeon’s chair from made from newspaper ($195). Owner Sarah Christiansen sells her own photographs ($95 and up) and paintings ($125 and up) and watercolors ($120 and up).
Lansing Art Glass
Lansing Art Glass
301 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing (517) 333-3998 www.madeagle.com 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs.; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri.-Sat.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
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Mackerel Sky Gallery
211 M.A.C. Ave., East Lansing (517) 351-2211 www.mackerelsky.com 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Wed.; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thur.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Mackerel Sky Gallery
Money is tight? Not to worry: Mackerel offers $35 wooden jewelry boxes and cutting
119 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing (517) 485-4100 www.octobermoon.net 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sunday
American Spoon also offers many varieties of fruit butter ($7.95), in flavors such as apricot, red raspberry and mango.
Polka Dots Bead-a-ful Boutique
1207 Turner Street, Lansing (517) 267-1479 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat; noon-4 p.m. Sun.
The Record Lounge
503 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing (517) 337-1221 www.therecordlounge.net Noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Thur.; noon-7 p.m. Fri.; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.; noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Saper Galleries and Custom Framing
433 Albert Ave., East Lansing (517) 351-0815 www.sapergalleries.com 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Thurs.; 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Sun. (through Dec.)
1220 Turner St., Suite B, Lansing (517) 485-4166 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.
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