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11/21/2012 3:37:00 PM
Making a list? These 50 gifts can be found within Byron

By David Richards

Black Friday has turned into Black Thursday.

Toys R Us, for instance, opened at 8 p.m. on Thanksgving. Ditto for Wal-Mart.

Some stores even ran the same Black Friday special the Wednesday before.

For those who stayed home - the ones who watched the Twilight Zone marathon or had to work - Byron might have you covered.

While the town doesn't offer everything the big cities do, local businesses are still stocked when it comes to potential gifts, the large and the small and the in between.

"Everyone kind of likes having us here," said Dan Avery, manager of Ace Hardware. "It saves a lot of trips to Rochester, and we've got all kinds of stuff."

Here's a list of 50 ways to buy local this Holiday season.

For the animals

Dogs are man's best friend, but when it comes to getting gifts, they aren't always the first on the list.

But they're first on this list.

At Leashes and Leads, 6214 14th St. N.W., which offers pet boarding and grooming, complete with a country store, pet lovers can find hundreds of gift ideas for their pet, maybe even thousands.

Start, perhaps, with a Christmas-themed stuffed toy (1) such as a candy cane, a snowman, a reindeer or an elf. Prices begin at $6.99. Or maybe you'd rather buy a set of Ultra Paws' traction dog boots (2) for slippery surfaces. Prices vary.

For their owners, or maybe a neighbor or two, the Beggar's Bakery offers half-pound slabs of fudge (3) in flavors that range from chocolate maple bacon to salted nut roll. Cost is $7.50.

At Em's Play Place, 855 Frontage Rd. N.W., which also offers dog grooming and daycare, canine dog treats (4), perhaps a stocking stuffer, sell for $1 a bag.

For everyone

Gift cards are like Railroads in Monopoly. Some people love them; some people don't.

Byron has a lot of them, though.

For the pizza lover, try a gift card to Second Street Pizza (5), located at 518 Second St. Customers can purchase gift cards in all denominations, which can be used for menu items such as the House Special. That variety features hamburger, sausage, pepperoni, Canadian Bacon, green olives, onions, green peppers and mushrooms, pretty much everything except for a partridge in a pear tree.

Subway, 821 Frontage Rd. N.W., offers gift cards (6) up to $100 for those on your list craving a steak and cheese melt.

The Bears Den, 845 High Point Pl. N.E., sells gift certificates (7), in addition to the brand new wash and wear sweatshirts (8) for $35.

It doesn't end there.

For those whose favorite food includes steak fajitas, Margarito's (8), 403 Frontage Rd. N.E., offers gift certificates.

Byron Market Place sells gift cards too (9), as well as Byron High School merchandise (10), sweatshirts and t-shirts for instance, which vary in price.

For the bowler in the family, Byron Lanes, 501 Frontage Rd. N.E., offers gift certificates (11) so your loved one can aim for a 300 game.

At Happy China, 1067 Fourth St. N.E., a gift certificate (12) can be redeemed for anything from peanut butter chicken to crab rangoon.

For the kids

Byron may be coming off one of the longest Indian summers in memory, but snow is probably right around the corner. Ace Hardware, 1067 Fourth St. N.E., stocks "Winter Lightning" snow sleds made by Flexible Flyer for $13.99 (13). For inside or out, Ace also stocks radio-controlled vehicles, such as the off-road safari model made by the Blue Hat Toy Company, which sells for $31.99 (14).

Gamez & More, 1607 Fourth St. N.E. Ste. 500, stocks brand new, hard-to-find video games. The selection includes Ghostbusters on PSP for $12.99 (15) and Captain America Super Soldier on Nintendo DS for $14.99 (16). Other items for sale include Star Wars Legacy action figures (17), Littlest Pet Shop figurines (18), a Nintendo DS Lite for $99.99 (19) and the battle helmet of Gimli from Lord of the Rings (20).

For women, single or married, Hair Games Etc., 185 High Point Place N.E. offers gift certificates that can be used for a massage (21), a manicure/pedicure (22), tanning (23) or a new hair style (24).

For men, single or married, Ace Hardware sells a 3-piece Craftsman tool set for $79.99 (25) that includes a drill/driver, a work light and a multi tool that boasts 15 accessories. The store also features the Shop Vac Pro $49.99 (26) along with gas grills (27) for those who don't mind grilling in the snow or who long for spring.

As far as stocking stuffers go, Ace also sells command hooks (28), which advertises as the "damage-free" solution. The hooks can be used as a substitution for nails to avoid making holes in the wall.

"They hang anything," Avery said.

Earl's Small Engine, 1099 Frontage Rd. N.W., stocks everything from Ariens snowblowers that start at $499 (29) to weed trimmers (30) and chainsaws (31).

Earl's also stocks Ariens 5000 portable generator, which sells for $829 (32).

Those feeling generous may want to swing for the fences for their husband, father or son.

Fix Power Sports, 1097 Frontage Rd. N.W., stocks a 2011 Vector GT snowmobile (33) that parts manager Chris Watts said sounds crazy fast.

"The sound is unmatched by anything else," he said.

The store also sells motorcycles (34), helmets (35) and clothing (36), as well as all-terrain vehicles (37).

For couples

Looking for a husband/wife combo gift, perhaps try a Snap Fitness joint monthly membership (38). The 24-hour gym and health club is located at 1067 Fourth St., Ste. 100 and also offers single (39) and family memberships (40). Byron Liquor Center, 863 High Point Pl., N.W. stocks a variety of gifts that range from a commemorative edition Crown Royal set that includes a pair of whiskey tumblers (41) to bottles of wine, such as Ecos De Rulo from Chile (42).

Invited to dinner this season? Perhaps bring a homemade blueberry or pumpkin pie, $9 to $13 (43, 44) from Otto's Bakery, 513 Frontage Rd. N.W. Otto's also sells peanut brittle (45) and Anise candy (46) made special for Christmas. Another gift idea is the East Saint Olaf cook book that sells for $12 (47) and spans 100 years of recipes from the Lutheran church made famous for its lutefisk suppers.

Butter brandy and rum fruit cake (48) is also for sale at $8 a pound.

"It's not hard to make, but it's time consuming," Otto's co-owner Ann Hemmah said of the treat made with candied pineapple, walnuts and dates.

"It's a long process."

For relatives, friends of neighbors

The Adam Good Cookie Company takes phone orders for its boxes of loaded chocolate chip cookies (49) at (507) 226-5627. And after a long holiday season, folks may need something to read for the upcoming year. For a subscription to the Byron Review, call (507) 775-6180 or (507) 374-6531.

Claremont Service

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