First is Morris Avenue where you’ll find The Peanut Depot. Or more likely, your nose will find it. It’s the best smell!
They’ve been roasting peanuts for over 100 years. Stop in for fresh roasted, salted, or cajun peanuts for yourself or as a gift.
Head north to 2nd avenue and you’ll find shops like Charm. Charm is a boutique with beautiful bangles, baubles, bags and other things not beginning in “b” for the fancy lady in your life.
Across the street is Urban Standard.
Famous for their coffee and tasty food, they also have some cool gift items sprinkled throughout the store.
If you want to take the coolest trip back in time whether it be the 30’s 50’s 80’s or 90’s, then What’s On 2nd is the shop for you. What’s On 2nd is not the punch line to an Abott and Costello routine, but it’s just as fun looking at all the toys, trinkets, photos, and who knows what, that they have to offer. Plan on spending no less than an hour in there.
When you’re done with your trip through memory lane, skip across the street to Mamanoes Grocery Shop (pronounced Mama-Knows) for a snack and a drink to fuel up for 3rd avenue.
Make a right at the corner of 2nd onto 20th street and have a holiday shopping meal at Trattoria Centrale for pizza, Brick & Tin for sandwiches, Seafood Delight for fried catfish or Paramount for frozen yogurt.
After you get your fill, go to 3rd avenue to Sojourns Fair Trade store. Fair trade items are made in other countries all over the world by people who are treated well and are given a livable wage.
That means an array of colorful and unique jewelry, purses, scarves, artwork, foods, clothes, cards, and everything you could want! Not to mention the great prices that you won’t find in the mall.
And of course one of my favorites is Reed Books, owned and operated by Jim Reed. I guess with a last name like Reed, he had no choice but to open a book store. Reed Books is also know as the Museum of Fond Memories and it earns that name. Like What’s On 2nd, it’s got so many fun and interesting things from the past and so many great books, vintage photos, postcards, do dads, thingamajigs and whatnots. Reed Books is a must if you’re downtown and if he’s got them, Jim will give you a Moon Pie. No kidding.
You know I never jest when snack treats named after stellar bodies are involved.
Ask Lord Xenu. He’ll tell you.
Well that’s all I can fit in today’s column. If I left out your favorite place to go, my apologies. I’m just one guy doing the best I can. Who am I, the tourism board?
Maybe I should be? I’ve turned more people onto the cool things downtown than anyone. I’m the self proclaimed ambassador of downtown! Where’s my sash and top hat? I bet I can find either or both at Reed’s or What’s On 2nd. I’d better hurry down before they close. I hope I’ll see you there. And if I do, I’ll address you with a Merry Xmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year. You may address me as Lord Mayor Ambassador of Downtown.