Now that Thanksgiving is almost here, it’s time to get serious about gift buying, but that doesn’t mean you have to get stressed or plan quick trips all over town. The shops at Norton Commons have everything in place—from festive decorations to delicious refreshments—to keep your spirits high as you tackle your holiday shopping list. All of the stores are locally owned and are situated together in a picturesque setting. Shop for a wide variety of goods including artisan jewelry, clothes, accessories, personal care items, home décor and more, and feel good knowing you’re supporting businesses in our community.
Cale & Cole inspires with custom jewelry and accessories
If you’re looking to fill stockings with handcrafted jewelry and accessories, Cale & Cole is a perfect spot to source gifts. “One-of-a-kind jewelry pieces are arriving weekly,” shares manager Kayse Smith, “as well as holiday candles and pillows, beauty fragrances, bath and body products and many other unique gifts.”
The boutique’s Wallace Gold Necklace Collection is especially popular this year. These necklaces, designed by Cale & Cole proprietor Julie MacKenzie Moore, are “unique and inspiring custom word charm necklaces,” says Smith, and they make “the perfect gift.” The shop also offers an elegant, functional selection of barware, as well as a brand new men’s section featuring bath, body and shave products.
Enjoy shopping that’s especially merry on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 6 – 9 p.m., when Cale & Cole will be hosting its four-year anniversary party. Guests can enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and 20 percent off all jewelry.
Lulubelles Boutique is aglow with candles and fun designs
At Lulubelles Boutique, shoppers can expect to find the store’s signature candle in a variety of shapes and scents, including Capri Blue Volcano, the popular and seasonal Frasier Fir, and fan-favorite Pineapple Cilantro. Many Louisvillians may remember this scent from Homearama. “We couldn’t keep it in stock after the show this summer,” explains boutique co-owner Natalie Gerlack. Partner Gretchen Black adds, “We also always have on-trend jewelry, purses, scarves and gloves, as well as a new line of upscale suede clutches with fringe.”
For the tiniest recipients on your list, the boutique offers delightful baby gifts. These include books from the popular Baby Lit series and loveable, washable BlaBla dolls. “We also have a charm bar where kids can make their own fun bracelet or necklace or design their own pillowcase,” says Gerlack. “And don’t forget Smencils,” Black shares, “which have yummy smells and fun designs!” You’ll also find plenty of home accessories, such as vintage brass trinkets and décor, candlesticks and wall art.
Suggests Black, “One great gift for someone who has everything would be a box of handcrafted Finchberry soaps, which smell amazing and look like pieces of art. They’re so great and soothing for your skin, as they’re vegan, paraben-free and sulfate-free.” Gerlack recommends a “knit cap with a pompom and matching gloves in a fun, vibrant color like aqua, coral, mustard yellow or hot pink,” noting that this warm gift is “sure to perk up a gloomy winter day!”
“Shop small Saturday happens to be our one-year anniversary,” Black explains, “so we’re celebrating big with a discount weekend on Nov. 25 and 26 with treats and giveaways.” In addition to this fun, festive November event, Lulubelles will be participating in Norton Commons’ Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 3, and plans to offer a discount that day as well. “Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more pop-up deals,” suggests Gerlack, “such as our 12 Days of Christmas Specials and Giveaways.” More information about the event can be found here.
Shop Something Blue for clothing, bridal accessories and gifts
Breanne Hafling of Something Blue shares, “We’re getting excited and gearing up for another busy holiday season!” The fun starts on Black Friday, when the boutique shop will be offering 20 percent off purchases for the entire day. “You can expect pretty gloves, cozy blanket scarves and the softest ponchos, wraps and vests,” says Hafling. At the community’s Holiday Open House on Dec. 3, the store will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and, Hafling says, “We’re thrilled to be hosting a Bourbon & Bowties trunk show from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. that day.” Shoppers can browse a huge selection of “adorable, addicting bangles”— the perfect gift for yourself or someone else!
There’s something perfect for everyone
Find charming, southern-inspired apparel, accessories and décor at stores like 7 Southern Giraffes and other neighborhood shops. With so many interesting and exciting gifts to choose from, everyone can enjoy the perfect gift from a Norton Commons boutique retailer this season.