My husband Tom and I enjoyed a recent Sunday afternoon holiday shopping on Main Street. Both foot and vehicular traffic were impressive. It’s so good to see the town vibrant again. One of the things that is so nice about small businesses is that each one is unique—both the shop and the merchandise. We concentrated on the upper part of Main Street this trip. First, we went to Su Casa, next to La Palapa. If you are lucky, you can score one of the few parking spaces right outside the door. Inside, the shop is elegant, with a lot of lovely decorative items that would make great gifts, at pretty great prices. It had some very nice Christmas decorations for sale, as well as table décor and cookware. I really liked some coasters made out of Mason jar lids, as well as some enameled tin bowls. We got a couple of stocking stuffers and a bonus of a very nice dish drainer for us. Next, we hit Sweet Elizabeth Jane. This is a huge space with cool industrial-looking cement flooring and tall ceilings. It’s very light and bright and has an excellent selection of, among other things, women’s clothing, soaps, perfumes and candles. I recognized a few things from my Christmas last year—Tom likes to shop there. We also got to A Journey from Junk. It felt strange to cross the threshold outside with the Yates name in tiles (Yates was a grocery store there for decades, just closing a few years ago) and see a riot of Maryland-themed merchandise where the coffee grinder used to be. It has a lot of fun stuff—we bought some sock-monkey inspired mittens for our grandson Henry. Although these shops were very different from each other, they all had one thing in common—a sales staff that was friendly, informed and welcoming. Shop local!