Have you noticed the fall sunsets that are so much more intense than the rest of the year? It seems they explode with color, depth, and a limited glimpse. It brings a close to the bright, hot days of summer, replacing them with cooler, brown tones that suggest the upcoming winter season. Add the smell of cinnamon, and you have the nesting of a good book, and a cup of tea.
The season is upon us, and the local communities are beginning their social plays, choirs and art shows. I know that there are art cultural opportunities in the summer, but somehow they are different during the fall and winter. Because of the limited outdoor opportunities, no one is rushing off to the lakes, we all seem to gravitate to each other in exchanges of songs, book reads and wine. The talented local artists that participate in the Dickinson Chamber Craft Show, the Dickinson Christmas Stroll downtown, or the Annual Festival of Trees all create a community of sharing and neighborly exchange. Are we rushing the season away? Maybe. We all are busy, but it seems in the Midwest, we are comfortably slower than our urban counterparts. Comfortably tucked in for the winter season, but not hibernating of course.
Must be in the jeans. There aren’t very many women who don’t love to shop the fun, unique boutiques with friends. Normally, there isn’t a need for the products. These are wants. Admit it gals. A product need is the chain stores, the outlets, and being on a budget. These clothes, jewelry, artworks, and great food items are emotional transfusions. Of course they are well crafted, and worth their investment. Downtown shopping is being revitalized and Downtown Dickinson is no exception. Girlfriends make a list, and stop in Desiree’s Design, Miss Willow’s Nest, Loom, Faith Expressions, Antique Charm, Cobalt Closet, Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts, JP Frame Shop & Western Edge Gallery, Masterpiece Floral and Gifts, and Mainstream Boutique. The artistic, creative products make shopping an experience, not just a trip.
Foodies & More
Just before the shopping, we ordered a hot latte at The Brew before our walk through the downtown area. And after visiting some of the boutiques that I just mentioned, time has flown by. Okay, now I’m getting hungry. Everyone else is also, so we have several choices, we can go back to The Brew, over to Stix’n Twigs café, or try a chicken waffle at Cup-Burrr’n. Even the Eagles Club has great lunches! It’s hard to decide, but we make a choice, and enjoy a great meal. We return to the sidewalk, strolling to the next shop, and laughing at the amount of items we have splurged on ourselves. We’re done yet, so how about something for the kids? Rattle and Roll Baby Boutique has the organic products that are great for baby and kids. I just found the baby shower gift that I needed, and as we left I also noticed that the new Greene Goods & Gifts has opened just around the corner. Our local ABLE Inc., has designed the store for the antique shopper by offering donated antique items for sale, benefitting local disabled individuals, and giving them employment opportunities. This makes us all feel good after we make a few more purchases and leave the store. And then after all of the shopping, the lunch, and more shopping, my girlfriends suggest relaxing with a martini at the BrickHouse Grille. Don’t ask me twice, I’m all in for it. And then, we just end up staying for an elegant dinner. Because we are worth it.