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Staff Hidden Gem: Gift Inspirations from Sault Ste. Marie

Guest Blogger Angela Romano is a Travel Counsellor at the Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Travel Information Centre. In her latest blog she shares her tips for finding one-of-a-kind gifts in the Soo.

One of my favourite things to do on my day off is to walk and explore my local downtown, to see what’s new, to look at the impressive window front displays, and of course, to indulge in some great food and drink along the way.  Anyone wishing to shop for something a little unique really should take the time to head downtown and be pleasantly surprised with the number of interesting finds along the way.

For moms and moms-to-be:

Downtown Sault Ste. Marie is home to a wonderful store called Stork & Bundle which specializes in cool, contemporary maternity wear, fun and functional nursing clothing and accessories as well as funky, eco-conscious baby gear and toys. Many of their products are featured in publications like Today’s Parent and Fit Pregnancy.

For the bride to be:

One of the things I like most about shopping downtown is the number of specialty stores there are for all of the unique needs people may have.  For example, The Bridal Closet offers the happy couple to be a one-stop shop for all wedding apparel needs from a full line of designer, name brand dresses, to tuxedos, to accessories, even candles and make-up.  Jasmine is another option for the modern woman looking for unique fashions at an affordable price with brands such as Jones New York, Modea Sportswear, and Spanx being some of the lines they carry.

For the your stylish girlfriend:

Another locally owned gem of a store called www.49thapparel.com is really unique in that they feature primarily custom made clothing and only Canadian made and designed pieces.  Since 1995, owner Daryl’s line of clothing has expanded to include even more Canadian designers and they now offer online shopping on their web site.   They will even do private evening shopping sessions by appointment.

For that special guy:

I realize I have been speaking a lot about women’s fashions but I certainly have noticed that men are becoming avid, well-dressed shoppers as well and downtown Sault Ste. Marie has them covered too!   I have already mentioned 49th Apparel but in addition, Art Gabriel’s Men’s Shop has been offering excellent customer service for over 60 years!   This store has a very fresh, modern appearance, inviting atmosphere and personalized service, not to mention a great selection of men’s fine clothing from popular brands like Hugo Boss, Lacoste, and Bugatti, and Tommy Bahama.

For that special lady:

Of course, sometimes men may want to treat the special ladies in their lives with some nice jewellery and for those times, a visit to locally owned and beautifully renovated Savoy’s Jewellers is in order.  

For the sportsman:

After spoiling the special women in their lives, it is only fair that men treat themselves by paying a visit to a true treasure for anything and everything involving the outdoors, Joe’s Sports & Surplus.  Joe’s Sports  has been a staple of downtown Soo since 1956.

Inspired to get shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts in the Soo? Here more information on how to plan your visit Sault Ste. Marie.  Plus, watch for Angela’s next blog about the best spots to eat in the city.

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