Downtown Small Businesses Offer Multitude of Holiday Gift Ideas

by RoxyRegionalTheatre on December 13, 2013

It’s time to shop for actors. We did our part on Small Business Saturday this year, selling posters, prints, T-shirts and any theatre mementos not nailed down — and I did my part as a buyer.

What do you give to your best friend, who lovingly tends her mother while giving great performances? To have a parent to be kind to is a blessing which I sorely miss. A great actress like Leslie Greene has everything she would ever need, so I’ve asked Courtney Berlyak at Sango Village Florist to design a seasonal bouquet to brighten her holiday abode.

I know for sure that my petite blonde, Michelle Foletta, loved having her hair crimped, curled, cut and colored for Gatsby, so I’m going to get a gift card for Isabella Sophia so Kimberlee Cavin can give Michelle that ever-popular Great Gatsby ‘do another go.

Michael Anthony Spaziani has had his eye on a one-of-a-kind Richard Hogan painting; and Richard is a dear friend, so I’m certain to get a good deal. The Downtown Artists Co-op, our neighbor on Franklin Street, makes for a pleasant place to shop and helps our artistic community.

Jacque Clydesdale is another kettle of fish. She’s on her way to Costa Rica, after her turtle turn in Frog and Toad, to become a certified yoga instructor. I’ve found a studio, Agni Yoga, whose classes don’t conflict with performances — and they offer gift certificates, so I can check Jacque off my Christmas list.

JonNell Paschall has been with us since the summer. Now, at last, we have someone backstage who is competent, capable and a pleasure to work with. She had quickly joined the Roxy crew’s tradition of Thursday nights at Edward’s Steakhouse for half-price appetizers. Our friends and neighbors John, Linda and Gary Shephard offer gift certificates, so the amount of a gift card, if used on Thursday nights, doubles in value — what a thrifty Scotsman I am!

Ryan Bowie is a baker of all sorts of goodies for everybody else’s special day, no matter what that day might be. Just around the corner on Strawberry Alley is a new pastry shop, George the Cake Guy Bakery. It’s my turn to reciprocate his sweet kindness and get him a dozen cupcakes for his Christmas soiree.

Josh Bernaski leaves us to travel to Mexico with a multilingual educational children’s show, so I’m sure Bink’s Outfitters has warm and quick-drying gear appropriate for traveling in the rainy season.

Sometimes trips to the mall for gifts are necessary and the only answer. I wish we had a bookstore downtown. For RJ Magee, who is a musical theatre aficionado, I’m going to find a book on theatre or any book with the word “Broadway” in its title.

Before this Saturday’s 2pm matinee of A Year with Frog and Toad — at noon, in fact — the Roxy Regional School of the Arts will present their free fall “informance.” Come and see what these talented young people can do.

See you at the theatre!

[John McDonald]

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