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Have yourself a merry local Christmas

Why not fill your loved ones' stockings with gifts from small, locally-owned businesses?

Why not fill your loved ones' stockings with gifts from small, locally-owned businesses?

Dolce Vita World Bistro

Info: 907 E. Genesee St., Syracuse; 475-4700; dvcuse.com

Gift certificates? Yes

Everything on this creative restaurant’s menu is locally grown. The produce comes from all over the Syracuse area; the grass-fed, hormone-free beef is from Hoffman Farm in Fabius; and the pasteurized, hormone-free, grass-fed chickens are from Crossman Family Farm in West Winfield in Madison County. The space also includes a gallery for local artists.

Empire Brewing Company

Info: 120 Walton St., Syracuse; 475-BEE; empirebrew.com

Gift certificates? Yes

This Armory Square favorite offers a diverse selection of eclectic food and hand-crafted beers, from its own award-winning creations to a rotating selection of “guest beers” from around New York state. Everything on the menu uses locally-sourced ingredients. Empire Brewing Company is also an entertainment hotpot, featuring live music on weekends.

Freedom of Espresso (Liverpool and Syracuse)

Info: 144 Walton St., Syracuse, 424-8840; 115 Solar St., Syracuse, 424-7640; 401 First St., Liverpool, 461-8651; 128 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, 637-1511; Facebook.com/freedomofespresso

Gift certificates? Yes

Freedom of Espresso, formerly Federal Espresso, gives you a cup of coffee the likes of which you can’t get in a big chain. All of Freedom of Espresso’s beans are locally roasted, guaranteeing freshness. The shops, located throughout Central New York, offer a variety of coffee drinks, from fancy espressos — including the new and sinfully good Nutella Latte — to a simple black cup of joe.

Gorham Brothers Music

Info: 118 Seeley Ave., Syracuse; 214-3573; gorhambrothersmusic.com

Gift certificates? No

Owned by brothers Ryan and Brad Gorham, Gorham Brothers Music opened last year as an alternative to big chain stores. Both brothers have spent years on the Syracuse music scene buying and selling musical equipment as well as playing and touring nationally, and they wanted a place that, according to their website, “embodied all the things they love about the stores that they've been to locally, as well as across the country: affordable, vintage, and hard-to-find mountainous amounts of gear you can plug in, play, and shred on for as long as you want.”

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