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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Help for Last-Minute Shoppers

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 11:42 AM

click to enlarge Vermont's Own Nutcracker - COURTESY OF VERMONT BALLET THEATER SCHOOL
  • Courtesy of Vermont Ballet Theater School
  • Vermont's Own Nutcracker
A parade of holiday events marches on this weekend. Highlights include Vermont's Own Nutcracker at the Flynn in Burlington, ice skating with Santa in Stowe and an old-fashioned Christmas celebration at Health Hero Island Farm in South Hero.

For many dawdlers, though, the days leading up to Christmas will more likely be spent scurrying about in a burst of last-minute buying. It’s not just the big box stores that have extended hours in the coming days. Below is a sampling of kids’ retailers in our area keeping their doors open a little later than usual to cater to procrastinating purchasers.

(If you want a more extensive list of where to buy local this season, here’s a link to November’s Kids VT holiday gift guide.)

Bear Pond Books (77 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0774) is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

The upstairs of this independent bookstore is devoted to kids books and fun items, from moon-shaped nightlights to clothing emblazoned with familiar literary characters such as Harold and his Purple Crayon. A cozy, oversize chair and braided rugs in the corner of the room invite parents and children to curl up together and read. “People definitely do just sprawl out here,” says owner Claire Benedict.

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Alison Novak

Alison Novak

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Alison is the former managing editor at Kids VT, Seven Days' parenting publication and writes about education for Seven Days.

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