No, it is NOT too late to find the perfect gift, and YES, you can find it downtown! Point your wagon (or sedan, SUV, truck, bicycle) to C&C Mercantile and Lighting, 1120 Texas Ave., for Final Fa La La! Shop vintage and antique wares, art, fashion, collectibles, a whole host of cute, creative, one of a kind and needful things. The extended shopping lasts tonight until 7 pm; at 4 pm, it’s officially HAPPY HOUR and you can purchase a lovely beverage and sip as you shop. We’ll see you there!


Part of the fun of the holiday season is finding that perfect gift or stocking stuffer for family, friend, loved one, or colleague. Sure, you can sit at your computer and send money to Amazon (please don’t), but instead of doing that, how about a fun shopping experience around real people, walking through cool buildings, and actually getting to hold the things you’re buying?

Turn it into a fun afternoon or evening with beverages and friends, festive coffee drinks or dinner afterwards with four upcoming special shopping events downtown. Each is different and we hope you can make it to every one of them.

Friday, December 16

The first on Friday, Dec. 16, from 11 am- 3 pm, is at 514 Crockett St., home to Shreve Towne Barber Shop. Hummer and Son Honey is hosting the Hummer Holiday Sip and Shop that features many of their delicious honey products (great for gift baskets or individual stocking items), skin care and candles from the Hummer Queen Bee line, delicious ground coffees (for gifts or keeping!) and original art by Maggie Molisee and Bertha Harris. What’s the ‘sip’ part, you ask? Shoppers will be offered champagne infused with fresh cut honeycomb. Yum!

Sunday, December 18

Go hungry to eat and shop at the Pop N Holiday Market  at Pop N Pizza, 500 Texas St., on Sunday, Dec. 18 from 1-6 pm. Peruse clothing, purses, arts, crafts, goodies and more!

Wednesday, December 21

The Last Stop Christmas Shop is a giant shopping event that invites you to stroll the streets and shop just like your grandparents might have done! Stops include Holidaze, the giant Gingerbread house with 17 vendor artists at Artspace, 708 Texas St.
Next is Appli-Ks at 624 Texas Street, a small Mom-and-Pop shop filled to the brim with the softest pajamas ever, ornaments, serving ware and home decor, pillows, jewelry, socks and treasures galore. From there walk to 620 Texas Street, which will be filled with vendors and items ranging from jewelry and paintings to candles and honey. Finally, the stroll takes you to Refine Design at 616 Texas Street, home to clothing, paper party goods, vintage Christmas items, jewelry, home decor, children’s items, tasty coffee bombs, coffee and more.

Afterwards, stop in at Pepito XO@artspace, Abby Singer’s Bistro at Robinson Film Center, 617 Texas St., Sha’Baby’s Cajun Cooking at 605 Texas St. , Pop N’ Pizza at 500 Texas St., The Missing Link at 504 Texas St., or Noble Savage at 417 Texas St. for a delicious meal or beverage. Stay around for Noble Savage’s live music at 8 pm to cap your great evening.

Thursday, December 22

And finally, it’s the Final Fa La La at C&C Mercantile and Lighting, 1110 Texas Avenue, from 10 am-7 pm. Go by this unique wonderland of vintage, antique and art delights for their Fashion, Fizz and Fun event. If you go after 4 pm, cocktails will be available for purchase! See and buy wonderful items from Art by Lauren, clothing by Golden Garbage Boutique and cocktail items from Brandezvous Cocktail Co.