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Published: Wednesday, 12/25/2013

Gifts for others, for selves marked Christmas Eve shopping in Perrysburg

BY MATT THOMPSON
BLADE STAFF WRITER
Big crowds weren't evident Christmas Eve day at Levis Commons, where shoppers seemed to be buying for others. Big crowds weren't evident Christmas Eve day at Levis Commons, where shoppers seemed to be buying for others.
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With only hours before Christmas Day, there were shoppers around Perrysburg browsing stores and toughing out the cold weather on Tuesday.

For most of the small shops in downtown Perrysburg, it wasn't for last-minute gifts though. 

Lia Colapietro, designer at Angel 101 at 101 Louisiana Ave., said shoppers were buying for themselves or on impulse on Christmas Eve day.

"We were really, really busy all season, so we wanted to stay open today for any last-minute shoppers," she said. "Most of the people already have done their big shopping. This is calmer here, nothing like the mall."

Cindy Conway and a few members of her family were doing just that, browsing at downtown Perrysburg shops. She was in town from Boston to see her family. Her Christmas shopping was finished, but she wanted to find things at the "unique" downtown shops. She bought herself a necklace and her daughter some pants on sale.

"I grew up here, and I just love this street," Ms. Conway said while in D'Vine Design. "It is fun to come back here and walk down this street. I don't like malls, I like the unique stuff here."

The owner's daughter, Brigid Parent, said a few last-minute shoppers looked for a specific item. "Luckily, we still had them," she said.

Ms. Colapietro said a father and his children came in Angel 101 shopping for their mother. 

At Levis Commons in Perrysburg, shopping was more focused.

"I had to get my father a radio," shopper Jim Hanna said. "It is not a tradition that I always am shopping on Christmas Eve, but it always seems to happen."

Siblings Nick Farrar and Nina Farrar were home from college and shopping for their parents.

"We have no idea what to get them," Mr. Farrar said. "We're about to go into Books-A-Million and hopefully find something."

He said he was confused Levis Commons wasn't busier, as he said there was "no one in stores." Employees got excited when they walked in because it was so slow, he said.


Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.



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