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?

Chuck Hafner’s Farmers Market and Garden Center

Info: 7625 Buckley Road, North Syracuse; 458-2231; chuckhafner.com

Gift certificates? Yes

There’s no place like Hafner’s for the holidays. In addition to a wide selection of freshly cut Christmas trees, the 65,000-square-foot facility offers hundreds of options in holiday décor, much of which comes from local artisans. Plus, all year round, Hafner’s provides locally-grown and locally-made food products from cheeses to jellies to sauces, and you can learn how to work that locally grown produce into your healthy diet with Linda Hafner’s cookbook, “Simple, Fresh and Healthy,” also available for sale. You can also stop into Jolime, the onsite café.

Innovations Salon and Spa

Info: 3627 Route 31, Liverpool; 622-3005; innovationsdayspa.com

Gift certificates? Yes

There’s not a spa service that Innovations doesn’t offer, from massages to pedicures to makeup application to laser hair removal. The facility has undergone numerous expansions over the years in order to accommodate its clientele, so it’s easy to get even a last-minute appointment. If someone on your gift list is in the market for some pampering, Innovations is the place to go.

Jo’s Li’l Cupcake

Info: 141 First St., Liverpool; 632-8269; jocupcakeco.com

Gift certificates? Yes

This new addition to the village of Liverpool has quickly made its mark with such favorites as “Kids Wanna Rock,” a PB&J-inspired strawberry cupcake with peanut butter frosting and preserve drizzle, “Twisted Sista,” a chocolate-covered pretzel cupcake with caramel, and “She’s So French,” a French toast cupcake topped with bacon and maple syrup. Owners Mike and Shirley Martin, who named the shop after their dog, Jo, use all fresh, homemade ingredients and more than 50 original recipes. The store also makes homemade puppy treats.

Kenn Kushner Designs Inc.

Info: 183 Walton St., Syracuse; 475-7510; kennkushnerdesigns.com

Gift certificates? No

This local jeweler is known for designer pieces, all of which are made in-store or by local designers in the Central New York community. Kushner has been active in various fields of design for a number of years; however, he began focusing on jewelry about 20 years ago. His pieces are mostly 18-karat gold and platinum with high-grade gemstones.

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