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NoLibs Holiday Shopping Spree rewards shoppers for staying local

Get a jump on your hol­i­day shop­ping this week­end and next at the NoLibs Hol­i­day Shop­ping Spree. 

The NoLibs Shop­ping Spree will take place over the next two week­ends. MELISSA KO­MAR/STAR PHOTO

The NoLibs Hol­i­day Shop­ping Spree, a Phil­adelphia Magazine 2012 “Best of Philly” nom­in­ated shop­ping event, will take place this Sat­urday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 6p.m. at par­ti­cip­at­ing stores in North­ern Liber­ties.

En­ter­ing its sev­enth year, the NoLibs Hol­i­day Shop­ping Spree has grown from three stores to in­clude a line-up of thir­teen loc­al busi­nesses.  The own­ers of Art Star Gal­lery and Boutique, Ar­ca­dia Boutique, and Con­spir­acy Show­room, the lat­ter of the three has since closed, came to­geth­er to de­vise a plan to at­tract more busi­ness.  

“We star­ted sev­en years ago be­cause we all had a sim­il­ar audi­ence, but were not com­pet­i­tion for each oth­er.  We wanted to get people ex­cited to shop in the neigh­bor­hood be­cause things were still slow in this area,” ex­plains Megan Brew­ster, co-own­er of Art Star. 

“We came to­geth­er and had this brain­storm­ing ses­sion and came up with the pro­gress­ive shop­ping idea and it’s grown ever since as more busi­nesses came in­to the neigh­bor­hood,” adds Erin Wax­man, co-own­er of Art Star.

So, what does pro­gress­ive mean in ref­er­ence to the shop­ping event?  While the event can be con­sidered pro­gress­ive in that it gets people hol­i­day shop­ping at loc­al re­tail­ers rather than chain stores at malls, shop­pers get pro­gress­ively high­er dis­counts the more stores they shop in dur­ing the event. 

All par­ti­cip­at­ing stores will give 10% off dur­ing the event, but the dis­counts pro­gress from there.  After your first pur­chase, you’ll re­ceive one stick­er.  That stick­er now en­titles you to 15% off your next pur­chase.  Two stick­ers will get you 20% off your next pur­chase and the event maxes out at three stick­ers, which will get you 25% off any pur­chase at any of the par­ti­cip­at­ing stores. 

Feel free to start your shop­ping plan of at­tack early.  

“People get ex­cited about it.  They come out the week be­fore and scope out the stores and plan how to get the best deals on the items they want.  It’s be­come a game for people,” shares Wax­man. 

All par­ti­cip­at­ing busi­nesses are loc­ated with­in the peri­met­ers of 2nd and 4th streets, with the ex­cep­tion of JINXED, and with such an ec­lect­ic group­ing, you’re sure to find something for every­one on your list.

City Plant­er, the first loc­a­tion on the shop­ping spree’s map, is sure to be a hit with your green-thumbed friends, of­fer­ing dec­or­at­ive plant­ers and fresh hol­i­day cut­tings.  Look­ing to out­fit some fan­at­ic Phil­adelphia fans?  Philly Phaith­ful is the spot, with ori­gin­ally de­signed Phil­adelphia sports ap­par­el — and a show­room screen­ing live sports and of­fer­ing free beer dur­ing the event for those look­ing to take a break from the hol­i­day shop­ping mad­ness.  

Art Star is sure to put you in the hol­i­day spir­it with Christ­mas or­na­ments by loc­al artists and mini hot chocol­ates to drink.  

Fram­ing Phil­adelphia will sat­is­fy those with old-world taste, spe­cial­iz­ing in an­tiques and maps, and of­fer­ing cus­tom fram­ing for that spe­cial mo­ment you cap­tured and want to pre­serve.  

Be­hind on send­ing out your hol­i­day greet­ing cards?  Casa Pa­pel, or “Pa­per House” in Eng­lish, is a one-stop spe­cialty pa­per store of­fer­ing ex­pert design—just stop by with your ideas.  

Look­ing to be more “green” in your gift giv­ing?  Check out Ar­ca­dia Boutique, co-founder of the event, where you can find the latest eco-fash­ion cloth­ing by worldly sus­tain­able de­sign­ers for wo­men, along with a small se­lec­tion for the men on your gift list.  

Once Worn Con­sign­ment is your one-stop shop for all re­cycled cloth­ing and ac­cessor­ies.  Along with a funky se­lec­tion of con­sign­ment, stock up on en­ergy for the rest of your shop­ping spree with com­pli­ment­ary glu­ten-free Okie Dokie Donuts.  

Bloom Boutique will fea­ture wo­men’s’ ap­par­el, hand-made jew­elry, and an as­sort­ment of sea­son­al items.  Don’t have time to wrap those presents? Bloom will wrap them for you, free of charge and give you a free gift when you pur­chase $50 worth of mer­chand­ise.  

Still can’t find that per­fect gift and in need of more hol­i­day cheer?  Be sure to check out all the oth­er par­ti­cip­at­ing loc­a­tions in­clud­ing Ritu­al Ritu­al, Duke and Win­ston, SWAG Boutique, JINXED, and Fly­ing Pig Pic­ture Frames.  

For more in­form­a­tion on the NoLibs Hol­i­day Shop­ping Spree, vis­it the web­site artstarphilly.com/nolibs or call Art Star 215-238-1557 or Ar­ca­dia 215-667-8099.

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