It’s been a stressful year and Santa may need help filling gift lists.
From wine to sweet treats, shopping small this holiday season will be the least stressful thing you’ve done all year. Valley businesses have something for everyone. Here are some ideas for everyone on your list.
For the meat lover
David Rupp couldn’t imagine a Polish tradition — and an area delicacy — fading away.
So the middle school teacher at Western Wayne and his family took a leap into meat, buying Oprisko Kielbasa in Carbondale from the Oprisko family in 2016. His team of kielbasa-makers meet up after their regular jobs to keep what they call “the best local kielbasa” from disappearing.
“Right now, it’s family and friends,” said Rupp. “It’s a second job and we do it on the side. It’s a local tradition that a lot of local people help us continue.”
Rupp, a self-proclaimed foodie, has also worked to expand the shop’s offerings. Now, the shop boasts more than a dozen kielbasa flavors, including extra garlic, blue cheese, honey sriracha and cheddar.
“Why not make kielbasa exciting?” said Rupp.
While the flavors may be new, the way Rupp and his team cooks the kielbasa is the same. They use a 78-year-old smoker, fruit wood and the best-quality pork butts to create their kielbasa.
“One of the things that makes us special is we have a recipe from Poland, we do it the old-fashioned way,” said Rupp. “The flavor is just amazing. It speaks for itself. It’s lean and it’s tasty.”
For those looking to add to their holiday meal, Rupp says the original is by far their best seller.
“The original outsells everything,” he said.
The shop also makes homemade horseradish, red and white, to purchase for the holidays.
Open until New Years, the shop produces over 1,200 pounds of kielbasa a week.
This holiday season, Oprisko Kielbasa is offering curbside delivery and will ship all over the country. Orders can be placed over the phone and paid for with a credit card.
Shoppers visiting the store are asked to wear a mask, and the team will also be the only ones retrieving kielbasa from the fridge. Visit Oprisko Kielbasa at 721 Morse Ave, Carbondale; call 570-282-0650; or find them on Facebook.
For someone who has everything
While Peckville gift shop Live With It is famous for wedding registries, the shop owned by Lora and Dave Hobbs also offers unique gifts for holiday shoppers.
They invested some time revamping their website earlier this year, to give customers a new way to shop during the pandemic. Now, the site offers more than 20,000 one-of-a-kind products, including 100-plus ornaments for your Christmas tree.
“We were fortunate enough to have invested time and money in our website,” said Dave Hobbs. During the (lockdown), I worked every day, even when the store wasn’t open. We had so much action on our website. We were shipping everywhere.”
While it’s difficult to choose a best-selling ornament, Dave Hobbs explained the store has just about anything shoppers are looking for.
“I think it’s tradition,” said Dave Hobbs. “For so many of our customers, it’s a tradition to come here every year. Even if it’s just to buy one ornament.”
Nativity sets, decor and sit around sets are also popular this time of year, according to Dave Hobbs. The store’s free gift wrapping also attracts customers.
“People say ‘I know by the way it’s wrapped it’s Live With It,’” he said.
The store is also offering curbside pickup this holiday season. The team will accept orders over the phone, wrap them and bring them to the shopper’s car.
Shoppers planning to visit Live With It must wear a mask and hand sanitizer is available upon entering. Visit Live With It at 1503 Main St No. 1, Peckville; call 570-489-4060; or visit www.livewithitbylorahobbs.com.
For a little relaxation
Whether you’re shopping for a gift or just need a break from checking off your Christmas list, Marlene Sebastianelli, owner of Case Quattro Winery in Peckville, can help.
A case special for the holidays offers customers and businesses 12 bottles of wine for $99. This has been a popular option for shoppers so far.
“We’re trying to do our part for the businesses and the customers that are struggling as well,” said Sebastianelli.
And while they are offering takeout service, the winery is also open for tastings, wine by the glass and even food, including hoagies, pizzas and a cheese and cracker platter.
“Our venue is unique,” said Sebastianelli. “It’s a nice little, quaint place you can come and enjoy a glass of wine.”
The winery is offering up some seasonal wines this holiday. A popular seller is the white cranberry.
“A lot of people do the cranberry, but I do the white cranberry to set us apart a little bit,” said Sebastianelli.
Case Quattro Winery will also have a cran apple, toasted caramel and black cherry espresso wines for the holiday. Patrons also enjoy Sebastianelli’s homemade sangria. The winery will also offer some holiday features between now and the end of the year.
While holiday flavors are popular, the pomegranate wine is by far the best seller.
“My biggest seller all year round is always my pomegranate wine,” Sebastianelli said. “Everybody always loves that.”
The winery is offering expanded hours for the holidays and Sebastianelli believes shopping small may help shoppers feel safer.
“I know everyone tries to do the best they can with maintaining social distancing, but coming into a smaller environment and knowing that you can see the area you’re in helps you feel a little more comfortable and safer,” said Sebastianelli.
Shoppers coming to Case Quattro Winery should wear a mask and practice social distancing. Visit Case Quattro Winery at 1542 Main St, Peckville; call 570-382-3855; or find them on Facebook.
For the sophisticate
Open since August, the Willow Avenue Cigar Lounge in Olyphant is offering some new options for shoppers — including the only place in the Midvalley to offer Toscano cigars.
Co-owned by Juan Jimenez and Jim O’Neill, the lounge has quickly become a place for cigar novices and enthusiasts alike to relax, listen to music or watch sports.
While narrowing down a go-to gift is hard and ultimately up to the smoker’s preference, Jimenez believes his shop offers something for everyone. Willow Avenue offers cigar samplers for a holiday gift option, and the lounge’s large humidor holds a variety of cigars and brands in the humidity and temperature controlled area.
“We have a very wide selection for all distinct tastes,” Jimenez said.
Shopping at the lounge can also be rewarding in other ways. Until Dec. 14, shoppers can enter to win an espresso machine, assorted coffee, cigars and more.
The shop is limiting the amount of people allowed in the lounge and shoppers are asked to social distance and wear a mask when they walk into the humidor.
The lounge will also offer curbside pickup for the holidays; shoppers can order over
the phone. Visit Willow Avenue Cigar Lounge at 104 Willow Ave, Olyphant; call
570-291-4345; or find them on Facebook
For a sweet tooth
With over 6,000 chocolate molds and fresh candy made daily, you can find the perfect treat at Chocolate Creations in Peckville.
Owners Melissa and Brian Kelly credit local patrons with her business’s success. The storefront displays candy in original cases from the Globe Store.
“It’s nice to have a part of that history,” Melissa Kelly said.
During the holidays, they use candy molds to create snowmen, Christmas trees, Santa and more.
Some best sellers include caramel apples, chocolate truffles and chocolate-covered pretzels. This year, Melissa will also be selling newly popular hot chocolate cocoa bombs.
“We had customers calling in and requesting them,” said Melissa Kelly. “I experimented and took them home with me… They’re delicious.”
This year Chocolate Creations will offer curbside pickup for shoppers and they also deliver. Shoppers must wear a mask. Visit Chocolate Creations at 1580 Main St, Peckville; call 570-383-9931; or find them on Facebook.