Downtown Hagerstown gift guide, Part 2

December 10, 2002|by BOB MAGINNIS

Who says there's no place to shop in downtown Hagerstown?

Too many people, unfortunately, only because they haven't done as I did last week and looked around to see what's really there. I found so many places I ran out of space in last Sunday's column. Here's installment No. 2.

In every establishment, I asked this question:

"If I want to purchase a holiday gift and have $25 to $40- to spend, what can I get in your shop?"

  • At Lena Darner's at 59 N. Potomac St., I was greeted by owner Lori Ruda and a tiny white dog named Tucker, who danced on his hind legs as two customers entered.

    In my price range, Ruda said I could get some fashion jewelry, including some made from carved stone and sea shells. There are hand-crafted items with holiday themes, she said, as well as Christmas scarves.


Store hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • At Basketful of Gifts, 107 N. Potomac St., owner Marge Davis offers a variety of specially-packed gift sets, which includes a decorated basket or tin filled with a variety of coffee, tea, candy and other items. All items are available for purchase individually and the shop will deliver or ship, Davis said.

    Store hours: Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Christmas.

  • Just down the street at Figurehead II, sales associate Brenda Schlosser said that in my price range, the shop has a variety of hats, scarves, gloves and jewelry items, along with some specialty soaps.

    Store hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

  • If it's souvenirs of the area that you're after, the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 16 Public Square, has plenty, including Hagerstown T-shirts for $12.95 and "Images of America" books about Hagerstown and Washington County, both featuring old photos.

    There's also Civil War stuff, including $4.95 Marvel comic books on the major battles and a variety of posters, key chains and drink coasters.

    Store hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • At the Just Lookin' Gallery, 40 Summit Ave., co-owner Eileen Berger said the shop has books, calendars and many prints in my price range. In addition, there are some fine stone carvings and wooden sculptures of animals, both imported from Africa.

    Store hours, from now until Christmas: Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Until Christmas, the shop will be open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Next door, at 32 Summit Ave., Mitch Dodson runs the Summit Bargain Shop, where he says about a dozen and a half dealers consign goods ranging from old record albums to lamps, small appliances and furniture.

    "And there is a lady that does make me some aprons and other fabric items," Dodson said.

    Store hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • At Ingram's Men's Shop, at 36 N. Jonathan St., owner Frank Fearnow said that in my price range, there are many shirts, including turtlenecks at $22 and flannels for $16.95. Money clips, some adorned with old coins, can be had there, as well as tie clips and tie chains.

    Store hours: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

  • At Gibney's Florist, 69-71 W. Franklin St., customer service technician Kathy Gano said my price range would accommodate a holiday-themed arrangement, that she said was usually done in red and white, with Christmas greens. In addition, the shop has a variety of ceramics and plush animals. It's worth a visit just to see the life-sized teddy bear perched in a rocking chair.

    Store hours: Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • At Charm City Sports, 137 W. Franklin St., manager Tom Kelly explained to me that what they really sell is not sporting goods, but sportswear under the "We R One" label, which features a sunburst logo. The velour and fleece suits are out of my price range, but there are also tee-shirts, caps and dance-mix CDs. Their web site is

    Store hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Lizzie Bean is the name of Nancy Shulley's cat and the name of her shop as well. Lizzie Bean & Company, is located at 139 W. Franklin St.

    It's a store with country crafts, including pocketbooks, cell phone covers and eyeglass cases made of quilted material. She also has tempered glass cutting boards with colorful scenes and handpainted lids for "those baskets made in Dresden."

    The store has just opened, so before visiting, call her at 301-665-1311.

  • Sue Whitmore and Debbie Shuster share space at 139-41 W. Franklin St., with two separate shops - Elizabethtowne Gifts and Debbie's Country Den - at one address.

    They told me they have six rooms packed with merchandise, including the largest selection of Boyd's Bears in the area and lots of collectible Longaberger baskets.

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