By guest author Dorothy Miskulin
Are you having out of town guests over the holidays? Lodi has several gift shops worth visiting.
It’s best to start with Three Bats in the Belfry. There are gifts from floor to nearly the ceiling. The lower level might even be of interest to the men. There are gifts for sports enthusiasts and for folks who “live on the lake”.
New to Lodi’s shops is a specialty yarn and fabric shop with items made from the yarn of alpacas from north of Lodi. They have mittens, scarves, caps, and socks for sale–as well as skeins for the knitters. These items may not be sized for children, but they’re great gifts for special friends, or just to treat yourself.
While you’re in the area, step next door to Sunfall Antiques if you’re into antiquing.
Cross the street and maybe find a good supply of cheese and sausages at the Lodi Sausage Company–winner of multiple awards for their sausage, bacon, and ham. Our own “Lodi’s Idol” peas and corn are even available there–the only place you can get them in town.
In the old Lodi Enterprise building, is Nancy’s Floral and Gifts. Original floor-to-ceiling wooden cabinets and shelves line the walls. Wonder what’s in there?
Be sure to stop at the Primitive Shop if you’re more into modern crafts.
Time for a rest and perhaps a cup of coffee and a sweet treat in the Butter Cream Bakery–a building that has housed several stores over the years, including Western Auto and a pool hall.
And as you’re walking through downtown be sure to look out for the beautiful stained glass windows, made right here in Lodi.