One downside to going to college in your hometown is that I can’t exactly surprise my relatives or my high school friends. Charlottesville is a pretty small place, and anywhere I have been, they probably have been too. This is particularly difficult for buying unique presents for the holidays, unless I resort to the Internet, which I often do, but no, I don’t feel good about it.
Anyway, The Bridge makes this a little easier by turning its gallery space into a holiday gift store every December. Everything is made by local artisans (over 45 in total), so buying from the store supports them and automatically makes your presents more rad than your older sister’s.
The grand opening is tonight from 5-9pm, but I have already seen some of what they have. Lots of handmade jewelry, screened t-shits, bags, hats, really beautiful (and useful) pottery, journals, photo albums, original art and a bunch of other stuff I haven’t even seen yet. Most things are pretty reasonably priced, a lot lower than expected. So you should probably check it out before the semester ends and you go back to your hometowns and have to buy presents for your family at the sames store where everyone shops.
The store is open from 11-9 every day up until Christmas Eve.
And again, the Bridge is located at 209 Monticello Road in Belmont, next to Spudnuts.