Shopping local this holiday season

RAPID CITY, S.D. – If you’re looking for unique gifts to get your loved ones this holiday season, the many local businesses around the Hills are a great place to find them.

From Who’s Toy House at Main Street Square to Shaviq Studio and Gallery, there are many amazing places to find a variety of goods while also supporting local vendors and artists.

Weathered Vane on Haines

If you’re looking for home décor, artwork, handmade pottery and jewelry, clothing, and accessories, there’s a long list of locally-owned and operated boutiques and galleries. A few good places to check out include the Weathered Vane on Haines Avenue and Bonzeye Studio.

For the outdoor adventurer in your family, Roam’n Around is a locally-owned business on Main Street Square that offers travel and outdoor gear, clothing and accessories.

If you’d like to find gifts that get your loved ones out and about, there are a lot of options for all ages and interests.

Many of the local breweries and wineries in the area offer gift cards that can be used for tastings, tours, and bottled craft beers and artisan wines.

For movie lovers, the Elks Theatre has season tickets available for its annual “Nostalgia Night Film Series.” The program plays classic movies every Sunday night in the main theater beginning in January.

And if you’d like to give your kids a gift that gets them active over the holidays, High Mountain Climbing Gym will be opening a new location in Rapid City in December and has day pass and punch pass options available.

Whatever you plan on getting your family this holiday season, there are many reasons to shop locally.

According to Jessica Ulmer of Roam’n Around, “Small businesses are at the heart of our area’s economy, and their survival ensures community growth and involvement. They give to community causes at more than double what large corporations do, they aid in the creation of higher-paying jobs by keeping tax dollars local, they support artisans, and they help to lower our ecological footprint by reducing packaging waste and energy usage.”

Roam’n Around at Main Street Square. Photo Credit J. Ulmer

And if you plan on doing your shopping in downtown Rapid City over the weekend, Main Street Square will be putting on events throughout the day on Saturday, including horse-drawn wagon rides, ice skating, and the official tree lighting ceremony, which NewsCenter1 will be covering. The holiday celebrations will finish off with the Festival of Lights Parade starting at 6 p.m on Main Street.

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