Spotted Around Town

Special places

to shop for special gifts

By Jennifer Dodds Fox

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is shop the various farmers markets, so I’m always sad to see them close up during the colder months. Imagine my delight when Parkview Field announced they’d be hosting a farmers market inside the Lincoln Financial Event Center, located just off the right field concourse! The market is open on the first Saturday of the winter months from 9 a.m. to noon and offers in-season, locally grown fruits and veggies, baked goods like delicious cupcakes, muffins and breads, natural products including my favorite soaps from Old Fort Soap Company and some craft items. During my first haul, I walked away with a loaf of pumpkin bread, a few bars of soap, some buttery caramels, organic granola, fresh herbs and salad greens plus loads of beautiful tomatoes. 1301 Ewing St. 46802 Parking is free.

I spent the better part of a sunny day in Roanoke and thoroughly enjoyed my time inside Paper Moon with a friend. First of all, nothing is more important to me than customer service and the owner of the store was incredibly friendly, helpful and so kind — two thumbs up, especially since we were accompanied by small children! Now for the goods: The store is stocked with antiques, cool vintage pieces like 1960’s era hats, letterpress stationery plus old-school toys and sweet baby gifts like unique clothing, bibs and piggy banks. The dancing wooden animals, vintage plastic horses and dime store candies were a hit with the littles while the funny cards and books, costume jewelry and home decor items captured our attention (and wallets). Because the inventory changes regularly, this boutique should be on your regular rotation. Paper Moon is open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 188 E. Scond St. Roanoke 46783 676-2020

If you’re ever looking for a fun, unique or new-to-market gift for literally anyone on your list, at any point during the year, you need not go anywhere other than The Monogram Shoppe. I always find the perfect present for loved ones and quite a few things I want/need for myself, like my trusty Le Pens ($2). For the little ones, there are stocking stuffers galore, the softest blankets and plush animals, keepsakes, crafts and toys like the High Flyer — a floating ping pong ball game ($17). The stylish ladies in your life will adore the Mud Pie bangles with cute and meaningful sayings inscribed inside ($20) or the Wild Eye mugs that look like designer handbags ($14). For hostess gifts, there are loads of stationary options from Jonathan Adler and Lily Pulitzer as well as Fort Wayne zip code cards ($32). Last but certainly not least, the fellas will appreciate Mighty Case Tyvek wallets, tablet and laptop covers (starting at $15) as well as the Swiss Army Knife of bar tools, the BAR10DER ($52.50). The Monogram Shoppe has been one of my favorite shopping destinations for years. 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. 46804 436-3138

I’m lucky to be married to man who does 90 percent of the cooking, so I make sure to supply him with great, high-quality ingredients and tools. I am a new devotee of The Olive Twist and its dozens upon dozens upon dozens of fine olive oils and vinegars. I believe lemon makes everything better so I make sure to keep a healthy supply of the Eureka Lemon EVOO and the Lemon Balsamic Vinegar at the ready. While I have too many favorites to name, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the Chipotle EVOO which adds smoky flavor and a kick of heat to Mexican dishes and the Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar that works just as well on salads as it does on ice cream — yes, ice cream! The Olive Twist offers customized gift sets starting at $9.99, and all are beautifully packaged. 6410 W. Jefferson Blvd. in Fort Wayne 46804 or 115 N. Main St. in Auburn 46706 436-EVOO

Posted Fri, 12/14/2012 - 3:44 pm