New local offerings for your nice list
SUPPLY CHAIN seems to be the buzz term of the season in a world that has seen the likes of toilet paper scarcity to used car values skyrocketing. And for holiday shopping, that means buying local has never been more significant.
If these are the times, there’s no better spot to be than Decatur for unique finds that speak about the thought counting. This year, there are some newbies to consider to sprinkle a little refresh into your steady stalwarts.
FOR THE SUPERSTAR OF SELFCARE
Ultra Rich Moisturizing Cream
$48 (take 20% off if you mention this article)
This jar of goodness is the queen of creams, the first of its kind in the United States to feature Thanaka. The ancient skincare ingredient comes with the test of time, used for more than 2,000 years for skin protection and hydration in Myanmar (Burma). You’ll be giving a story of thoughtful care – in both the production of the cream and in its daily use by your giftee.
The Thanaka is hand-selected from trees that continue to grow after select branches are harvested in Central Burma. It’s combined with other high-quality botanical ingredients to “ensure an excellent natural, effective and gentle product,” said co-founder Mary Ellen Sheehan. “We have been very well received by people who have had the opportunity to try our cream.”
The shop is open Wednesday through Sunday and expects two more products available by the holidays. You could be giving the next biggest thing to the loves on your list.
Learn more at royalthanaka.com.
FOR THE STYLISH CREATURE OF COMFORT
Decatur Crew Sweatshirt
Whether curling up with a good book or beer, or heading out for a crisp winter day, this exclusive sweatshirt celebrates the Decaturite within your giftee. The super comfy cotton/ poly fleece boasts the designer’s first-ever felt lettering application. If individuality is the thought that counts, this gift delivers ten-fold.
More from ABETTERBUZZ
A mix between quirky and bold, find apparel and accessories that are off the beaten path at this shop. The line began as a side-business born from a design studio focused on identity and branding for companies. ABETTERBUZZ (ABB) is a 100% queer-owned business that takes that design talent to produce products in small batches.
Owner and Creative Director Buzz Busbee describes the approach as “all things Pride! Pride in your city, pride in your sexuality, pride in your individuality and pride in your expression. It’s experiential and creating community, not just selling product.”
Check out their Atlanta skyline graphic paying homage to the city “too busy to hate” in the form of enamel pins, tees or a United tank, or celebrate GAYTL with socks, a pin or a cap.
The brick and mortar is part of the city’s Decatur Retail Incubator Program (D.R.I.P.). Upcoming promotions include:
Terrific Thursday: After 5 p.m., spend $20 and get a free ABB Decatur keychain.
Small Business Saturday: Enjoy 20% discount in-store all day.
Find more at abetterbuzzbrandgoods.com.
FOR THE GO GREEN ENTHUSIAST
Monthly Plant Subscription
Lush Plant Co.
$50 per month, billed in 3 month increments
Imagine at the end of the month, when the time feels long, Mother Nature (in the form of Lush Plant Co.) delivers inspiration, air quality and hope in a pot to your beloved. And just as the green love houseplant arrives, the anticipation for next month’s surprise begins
again. With the easy consultation available by online or phone chat from the gurus at the shop, a thriving plant is as good as done. It’s the ultimate in “the gift that keeps on giving.”
› Subscription includes one 4”-6” plant and accessory, with delivery within a three mile radius of the Oakhurst shop. Add a personalized houseplant card at no additional fee.
More from Lush
If a subscription is out of the scope of your gift, the Oakhurst shop has choices that will meet any goal. One step inside Lush Plant Co. and a green thumb grows on even the most stubborn self-described plant killers. The jungle paradise is eye candy with its bright and sun-dripped greenery.
The shop was founded in 2020 by sisters Andrea Kidd and Jennifer Martha, who believe plants are a “living art” for your home with both physical and mental health benefits.
Pick their brains about whether the Venus Fly Trap sends a better message than String of Pearls, or how big and fast the Monstera Deliciosa will grow. They’ll pair it with the perfect accessory to make your gift a conversation piece for years to come.
Whether you like to geek out on all things green or just know enough to be dangerous, leaving with a great gift is guaranteed. “We
just love talking to people and helping them find the perfect gift,” said Kidd. “There’s basically something for everybody in here whether they’re a new plant parent or collectors.”
More info at lushplantco.com.
FOR THE MAGICAL GAL
Attempting to find the perfect fragrance for your loved one may need the help from the stars.
Zodiac signs are the inspiration for designing the zodiac perfume collection that makes shopping and gifting perfume personal and fun. Studies have shown that 80% of women prefer their sign’s perfume over the other scents in the calendar. We call that personal and magical.
EcoDenizen offers the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. They are open daily at 335 West Ponce de Leon Ave. in downtown Decatur.
Visit ecodenizen.net to learn more.