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Local Love: Where to shop for Valentine’s Gifts in Gloucester

Julia Warde
Canva creation by Julia Warde.

It’s Valen-time to start looking for gifts for your loved ones, and what better way to shop than local?  Gloucester is home to several diverse small businesses who are ready to help with all your holiday needs.  

The Bookstore of Gloucester

The Bookstore of Gloucester located on Main Street. (Ashlee Scola)

Would you still love your Valentine if they were a worm? How about a bookworm? If your loved one seems to always have their nose stuck in a book, why not get them another? The Bookstore of Gloucester sells a wide variety of novels from graphic to nonfiction, and the staff is friendly and always eager to help you choose a fitting option for your Valentine. For the hardcore book readers; you can grab a bookmark, a journal for our hardcore notetakers, and a Valentine’s card courtesy of the bookstore; wrap that up in a bow, add a cute little note and voilà! A perfect gift for your Valentine. 

Pop Gallery

Pop Gallery located on Main Street. (Ashlee Scola )

Pop Gallery is home to numerous spunky gifts, so if you’re unsure of what your loved ones could possibly enjoy– Pop has you covered! This store sells jewelry, clothes, cards, tarot cards, cosmetic bags, ring dishes, cups, and many more miscellaneous novelty gifts. Not to mention, Pop Gallery is stocked with adorable shopping bags that resemble popcorn bags, fitted with bright colors and a lovely Pop Gallery sticker– which could double as a fun display for any movie fanatic.

Turtle Alley

Turtle Alley Chocolates located on Rogers Street. (Sofia Orlando)

For your loved ones with a sweet tooth– Turtle Alley produces heaps of delicious treats daily; Stout truffles, turtles, fudge, and caramel apples. Not a fan of chocolate? Don’t worry, Turtle Alley keeps themselves stocked up on gummy candy, both sweet and sour. Need a cute box to present to your Valentine? The sweets shop is now selling special heart-shaped boxes to pack up your chocolates in an adorable display of affection. Maybe your Valentine is a spicy one, looking for chocolate that packs a little punch, Turtle Alley offers hot alternatives for a few of their chocolates.


Toodleloos! located on Main Street. (Sofia Orlando)

Toodeloos may look like just a kid’s toy store on the outside, and maybe the inside, but there are several gifts available for all ages. It isn’t just a toy store, but an art supplier too! High quality paint is sold at the very back of the store at an affordable price, along with canvases to put that ink to good use. Otherwise; grab your love a stuffed animal of their favorite one! Stuffed bears are so last Valentine’s day, (and the one before that–) so pick up a jellyfish or giraffe! Toodeloos also delivers locally if needed, so you can give them a call if you’re tied up and in a pinch this Valentine’s day. 

Good Linens

Good Linens located on Main Street. (Sofia Orlando)

Good Linens sells many practical use items that are perfect for your significant other, parent or best friend. With unique letter pressed cards that are available in Valentine’s style and colorful curated stationary, Good Linens proves their ideology that all items available are hand picked with these in mind; impact on the environment, usefulness, longevity of product and design quality.The aforementioned cards can be embellished using imported animal stickers from Japan, and complimentary gift wrapping is available regardless of what you purchase. Pair said Valentine’s day card with a candle, soap, hair claw or a reusable Baggu tote. Make sure that when you’re checking out, you grab a holiday themed gift tag courtesy of Good Linens!

Shopping for Valentine’s day has never been easy, until you take into account what is right in front of you. Skip out on the CVS box chocolates this 14th, and utilize the local businesses right here in Gloucester, supporting your hometown economy and purchasing a unique gift that is personalized for your Valentine, not a big corporation’s idea of what people might like.

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Ashlee Scola, Staff Writer
Ashlee is a senior at GHS, and a first year staff writer for The Gillnetter. Her hobbies include studying and collecting crystals, listening to all kinds of music and creative writing. She is an honors student and a member of NHS. Her dad is the School Resource Officer, a.k.a. ‘Scola’-- so she’s been around Gloucester Public Schools and its events for many years. You can contact Ashlee with any questions or suggestions at [email protected] 
Sofia Orlando, Editor in Chief
Sofia Orlando is a senior at GHS and is Editor in Chief for The Gillnetter. She is a member of the National Honors Society (NHS) and has won awards for her accomplishments regarding world history and journalism. In her free time, Sofia can be found baking, hanging out with friends and family, walking around town, or watching any of her favorite movies. She also has a fraternal twin sister! You can contact her with any questions or story ideas at: [email protected]

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