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Glenville this Christmas- a good idea By (]iris Brown Democrat Staff Writer FOR CHRISTMAS--Jane Rastle, owner of Towne shelves with colorful candles to celebrate the CRAFTsMAN..A study in concentration, Spencer Studies the works of a broken watch. Hamric's gift items in all price categories. For some people, it's still too early to begin worrying about Christmas shopping. After all, half the excitement of the holiday season is rushing around Christmas Eve searching for a special gift. But when the time comes to start ticking off names on that Christmas list, consider shopping in Glenville. Although downtown Glenville lacks the glitter of big city malls, it also lacks the crowds and long lines. Away from the anonymous crush of humanity encountered in Pa rkers burg or Charleston, the Glenville shopper can choose a gift in the comfort of his own home town. Everything from stocking stuffers to handcrafted jewelry is available at . local stores this Christmas. As one merchant put it, "You can find just about any gift you want in one store or another. It's like a nall mall - and you don't need to walk any farther to find a variety of merchandise." Most merchants spent last week gearing up for the holiday seasons, but expect to he busiest during the two weeks before Christmas. Although several stores offer special merchan- dise, most will sell regular stock for the holidays. The Towne Bookstore will celebrate its first Christmas in Glenville this year. Owner Phil Rastle features Christmas cards with West Virginia scenes as well as "Ideal" Christmas idea books. Christmas wrappings, decora- tions, cards, candies and paper party goods, including a fat fold-out Santa, are also on sale. Of course, a book from Towne Bookstore is always a special Christmas gift for anyone on your list. Janet Deal of Sears expects this season to be the best for Christmas sales in her three years as owner of the catalogue store. Microwave ovens, CB radios and, of course, toys are specially priced for the holidays. Shoppers can choose from a variety of gift ideas in Sears "Wish Book" available at the local store. Mrs. Deal can guarantee delivery by Christmas for items ordered by Dec. 20 and expects to be able to deliver items ordered later. Minnich's Florist is the place to shop for luxurious poinsettia plants and fresh Christmas arrangements. Mirmich's also carries a wide selection of Christmas tree, interior and exterior decorations as well as cards, wrappings party favors and candles. Spencer "Spud" and Betty Hamric have spent almost 30 years as Glenville merchants. Hamric Jewelers offers distinctive gifts for these "problem people" on the Christmas list who seem to have everything. Glenville's clothing stores; Dalton's, Midland's, Spirit of Fashion and Davis' take the hassle out of local Christmas shopping. In addition to men's and women's clothing and accessories, most of the stores sell jewelry, shoes and personal items. Dalton's and Midland's also offer gift wrapping for items purchased in those stores. Shoes and colorful toboggans are on sale at Guyan Factory Outlet. TREE TRIMMING SHOP--Bev Marks puts the finishing touches on one of several decorated trees at Minnich's Florist, specialists in unique Christmas tree trimmings. HOLIDAY WRAPPINGS--Christmas packages receive special holiday treatment at Mldland's Store. Hope Peele [left] and Mrs. Dayton Perkins employ a little team work to wrap a stack of gifts. The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder Section B December 9, 1976 Page 1 1 CHRISTMAS GLITTER--Bright light and tinsel-filled ornaments create that holiday feeling in many Glenvlile store windows. [Democrat photo by Chris Brown] The newest "quickie" appliances are realily available in Glenville at Hardman Hardware, Glenville Supply and CaLhoun Super Service. Creperies, electric cookie presses and instant hamlmrger sizzlers are popular Christmas gifts this year, according to Marge Burke, Hardman Hardware owner. In addition to regular merchan- dise, those stores offer Christmas decorations and wrappings, and Hardman's fee tures a well:stocked toy section this season, A "little bit of everything" from luggage to lounge !s  Calh r Service a one't0p 'hstmas store. Glenville shoppers can find Christmas novelties, decorations, wrapping and cards as well as personal Christmas gifts at Ben Franklin and Summa rs Pharmacy. Ben Franklin has a special shipment of Christmas toys this year sure to delight every youngster. Is there a special sportsman at the top of the gift list? Pine Manor Grocery is one place to shop for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear. Glenville Variety in Hays City will delight Christmas shoppers who prefer to "do it themselves." The creative gift giver can find a selection of crafts material to give each gift a personal touch. And for those who lack creative genius but prefer handmand gifts, there is the Country Store and Appalachian Alternatives. Both stores offer handcrafted jewelry, pottery, qttilts and handmade clothing and country pa raphanalia. The Country Store rarely keeps "decent hours," according to manager Fern Rollyson, and she advises interested shoppers to call a number on the list posted on the store door to gain access to the shop. Next to the Country Store is The Gallery, only place ia GlanviUe tapes for the music lover on the Christmas list. Don't forget Second Time Around for second hand clothing and toys Sr. Evelyn, shop manager, invites weary Christmas shoppers to stop by for a cup of coffee and conversation during the holiday sea soo. All local stores normally closed Wednesday afternoons will be open during December. Many stores will be open until 8 p.m. Monday through Fridays two weeks before Christmas. Even the parking worries of Glenville shoppers will be eased this Christma The city council has agreed to donate free parking on city meters during the week before Christmas to make shopping in Glenville a good idea. TOYS ARE SPECIAL--Sears Catalog Store features special prices on toys this season.