Small Town Shopping “With a Purpose”
By Bob Canter
Posted: December 17, 2018
Looking for meaning in your holiday shopping?
Look no further. Welcome to Monticello, Florida, where you can give true meaning to gift buying.
Shopping in Monticello is stress-free. Take your time while you visit the many small shops and leisurely browse for gifts.
No high-end, high-tech electronics here, nor fighting dozens of other shoppers for the newest toy.
Shopping in Monticello has a distinctly different feel. Stores are filled with antiques and collectibles. It’s like a trip back in time to an almost Dickensian setting – without the snow. At the same time, you look to the future: by shopping here, you support small, family-owned businesses in the Florida Panhandle, helping to strengthen the regional economy.
Why not shop for a unique gift, one that someone will actually use, and won’t end up gathering dust after the novelty wears off?
The small shops in Monticello offer the best variety of locally-produced goods. Check the labels: all are made by small businesses in the Big Bend region.
Tupelo’s Bakery carries a complete line of Full Moon Farms honey, along with locally-produced boutique bath soap, shaving soap, and lovely scented candles. You can even find locally-ground and roasted Pecan Hill gourmet coffee at Two Sisters – New Beginnings on Jefferson Street.
Holiday shopping in Monticello is quiet, unhurried and affordable. And when you are ready for a break there are cafes and diners where you can relax over a cup of coffee and a pastry, or lunch.
It is not much of a stretch to say that by shopping here, you are helping to preserve a part of Florida’s history. It’s a wonderful, satisfying feeling – buying unique gifts filled with meaning. Call it “shopping with a purpose.”
Make this holiday season extra-special. Give yourself the gift of “shopping with a purpose” – it’s a great feeling.
Bob Canter and his wife have been Monticello residents since 2015. Previously, Bob had a career as a public affairs executive for a Fortune 500 company and later as a Chamber of Commerce executive. You can see Bob most mornings in downtown Monticello walking Kona, a retired Racing Greyhound.