Get creative with gifts from Craft Cottage
Keisha Hill, Gleaner Writer
From local hand-made crafts to gourmet coffee, exotic liquors and batik fabrics, shopping at Craft Cottage is an experience in and of itself.
Exclusive to Jamaica are high-quality woven and wooden crafts created by local artists. These make amazing unique gift ideas that will surely spice up any home. Woodcarvings, baskets, jewellery and other items fill the store.
The collection also includes carved calabash and other finely handcrafted items. A selection of T-shirts, hats, dolls and other novelties are available in a wide variety of colours. Each creation is an experience of the human spirit poured into fire and earth to create a cherished island treasure worth taking home.
Shoppers can also choose from a wide selection of art pieces and sculptures by local artisans or an array of local cooking sauces, pottery and hand-made dolls.
Customers can expect a storewide sale of up to 20 per cent over the three days associated with this week's Black Friday shopping event.
The sale also features hand-painted ceramics, hand-crafted place mats and trays, hand-embroidered linens, wooden bowls and vases, beach bags, cover-ups and slippers, sauces, photography, paintings, wind chimes and more.
Perfect Time for Christmas Gifts
According to Christine Matalon, proprietor of Craft Cottage, it is the right time to shop for Christmas gifts for family and friends.
"Last year, it was really good, and persons were quite impressed with our collection. This year, we are expecting it to be even better as persons will receive sales discounts on all the items throughout the store," Matalon said.
Meanwhile, Pamela Brandon, assistant manager at Woolworth, is optimistic that customers will be pleasantly surprised by all the gift ideas they can find in the store. From household items, toys, clothing and Christmas decorations, you can get up to 50 per cent off on items storewide.
"They support us year in and year out. We want to take advantage of this sale as we consider our prices to be competitive. We try to facilitate everybody and there is something for everyone in the store," Brandon said.
At SuperMed Pharmacy, discounts will be offered between 50 and 70 per cent off on household items.
"We carry nice items and most persons often ask when we will have discounts on these items. We are now giving persons a chance to shop before Christmas and get those much-needed gifts for their family and friends," said Annmarie Clarke, supervisor.
Customers will also receive 30 per cent discounts on decorations, and for every purchase between $1,500 and $2,000, shoppers will receive a 10 per cent discount on make-up items.
In addition, a 10 per cent discount will be offered on prescriptions without insurance and 10-to-15 per cent discount with insurance.
Other stores participating in this much-anticipated event are Dragon Palace, Electro World, Geneva Jewellers, Ignite, Insight Optical, Kutriments, One Stop Computers, Quantum Concepts, Rituals, Singer, Sophie's Unique Touch Beauty Salon and Vintage Chic Jewellery.