Good News from A Great City Haverhill, MA
Odd friends are about the best thing a person can have. Whether you call them odd, unusual, different, special, these friends get us to try new things, see the world in a different way, expand our own horizons, and provide the most engaging stories to share with the more conventional world. Actually the only time it’s difficult to have odd friends is at any gift giving occasion. How can you ever find a gift to match the quirkiness of their tastes, the expansiveness of their interests, their zest for all things unique?
On the occasion of the recent Shop Local Saturday, The Heartbeat of Haverhill set out to discover the top 13 most unusual gifts in Haverhill and the shops where they can be found. All stores visited were within walking distance in Downtown Haverhill along, Merrimack, Washington, Wingate, Essex and Emerson Streets. *Always call ahead for hours and availability. Store names are links.
13. Antique spinning wheel with flax or other ancient materials still attached. This is a gift for a very limited audience. The shop where it was found has rooms filled with unique and one of a kind consignment shop items. It’s a little bit history and a little bit objet d’art. Available at In A Blue Moon
12. Small space original art of many kinds – a landscape of Greater Cranberry Island off Mt Desert Island Maine as seen with artist Anne Cooke of Lowell. Limited time small space art display and sale at The Switchboard
11. Lace and Fringe Over the Top Eyelashes. Your loves can create a breeze by batting their eyes with these on. Available at Design Her Eyes
10. Reusable Water Bottles with real Crystals inside to impart the benefit of the stones right into your drinking water from Humble Healings
9. Original Art is one of a kind just like your friends. Plaster of Paris polka dot wall creature with the title “Spirit of the Polka Dotted Hero” with artist Maria Lauenstein of Beverly who is an enthusiastic fan of The Switchboard art space. Limited time small space art display and sale at The Switchboard
8. Semi Precious Stone Face Rollers are said to increase circulation, minimize wrinkles and make you feel more beautiful. Seen with shop owner Sandy Kattar from Humble Healings
7. A Talking Jesus Wallet that sings Hallelujah when opened is bound to make a pickpocket repent Positive Images
6. A Old Army Tent Wine Tote; the tent canvas withstood battle conditions, it can certainly withstand a trip from the liquor store to your friend or host’s home. Positive Images
5. A Sting Ray tree ornament. Keep your eyes peeled; can a holiday special featuring the creatures be far behind perhaps something like – Stevie the Stingray Learns the Real Meaning of Christmas.. Positive Images
4. Outlandish Contact Lenses like Rainbows, American Flags and Dizzying Spirals. There are dozens of styles to mesmerize the world. Pretty sure there’s a pair that will literally let you view the world through rose colored contacts. Design Her Eyes
3. Nothing says you care like Survival Gear, and Rocknus has it all from complete prepackaged kits that will help your loved one survive everything from the next blizzard to being lost in the woods, or prepping for the zombie apocalypse. Pick up a stocking stuffer like the typhoon-proof matches or a mini automatic fishing kit. Rocknus Urban Camouflage
2. Maybe your dog is your oddest friend. You can create your own Advent Calendar for Your Pooch filled with healthy and delicious Quinn’s Canine treats. And good luck teaching your dog to patiently countdown the days and take only one treat at a time. Call for availability. Quinn’s Canine Cafe
AND THE #1 MOST UNUSUAL GIFT THE HEARTBEAT OF HAVERHILL DISCOVERED DOWNTOWN….
1. Is your friend the type that imagines squirrel with wings or chickens with fish tails? How about a gift certificate for a Couple’s Mixed Species Taxidermy Class. Actually just about anything in this unique shop could have wish list potential for unusual friends. We saw gas masks from World War 1 and 50 year old robots, real animal bits and pieces, and other curiosities. Evens and Oddities is a newer shop on Emerson Street. Taxidermy taught by Evens and Oddities owner Kyle.
If you find something more unique out there in Haverhill, add it with a picture in the comment section of this blog.
Photos and Text (c)Alison Colby-Campbell