Why not fill your loved ones' stockings with gifts from small, locally-owned businesses?
Info: 315 Fayette St., Suite 5, Manlius; 692-4173; lunechocolat.com
Gift certificates? Yes
Known as much for its beauty as its taste, Lune Chocolat is the creation of Mike and Emily Woloszyn, a businessman and an artist, respectively. Their hand-crafted artisan chocolates come in such flavors as honey and lavender, Guinness and pretzels, pink pepper rosemary and green tea, with more traditional flavors like vanilla buttercream and chocolate cherries thrown in. The Woloszyns believe chocolate should feed your soul, and that mentality is part of everything they do.
Microgame Play and Trade
Info: Market Fair North, Route 31, Clay; 622-PLAY; microgameplayandtrade.com
Gift certificates? No
For the gamer in your life, check out MicroGame, which not only offers the latest games, but also retro games that have long been off the market. That’s because MicroGame will accept trade-ins and buy back games and old systems. The store also repairs systems and games of any age. They’re also on eBay.
Info: 49 Oswego St., Baldwinsville; 638-1981; thenantucketcat.com
This little shop in the heart of Baldwinsville sells furniture for cats. The products marry the experience of owners Barb Owens, who has 30 years in the pet industry, with husband Bill, a carpenter. The store also sells accessories for cats and cat lovers.
Owera Winery and Vineyards
Info: 5276 E. Lake Road, Cazenovia; 815-5026; oweravineyards.com
Gift certificates? No
This vineyard — the first in Madison County — grows Marquette and Frontenac Gris grapes and will be working to grow Vinifera grapes in a second location. So far Owera wines are on the market throughout Central New York. There is a winery on-site at the vineyard in Cazenovia.
Pet Express of Cicero
Info: Lakeshore Heights Plaza, 6195 Route 31, Cicero; 699-0890; Facebook.com/petexpress
While giving pets as a gift isn’t wise, it’s always wise to give gifts to your pets. Pet Express offers everything you could imagine for your pets, from treats to toys to grooming tools. The facility also has groomers on site, so if your furry friend is in need of a trim, look no further. Pet Express also works with local animal rescue groups to find forever homes for dogs and cats, and they help fundraise for animal organizations.