BEST LITERARY PERSONAL SHOPPER
From the moment it opened, we were big fans of Pagination Bookshop, its charming location and its truly stellar collection of children’s books and its upstairs Airbnb space (Editors Note: Since the initial publication of this article, Pagination Bookshop has decided to rent the upstairs on a more permanent basis). But last fall we found out it also offers a pretty handy service to busy holiday shoppers: Owner Jennifer Murvin will hand-pick great book gifts and even wrap them for you. We used this service to shop for five family members, and it saved us from spending hours and hours browsing the Amazon rabbit hole. She basically saved Christmas, and we can’t wait to shop with her again next year.
BEST GLUTEN-FREE CATERING OPTION
The Gracious Plate
The Gracious Plate kitchen is 100% gluten-free, meaning everything you order from them is celiac-friendly. But the company can accommodate a number of other diets too, including dairy-free, vegetarian, a 30-day cleanse and several more—all through meal preparation and catering that focuses on farm-sourced ingredients. (So you’re indirectly supporting other local businesses too!) We used The Gracious Plate to cater a family meal at Christmas time, when we were too busy to cook but didn’t want takeout. The roasted chicken was so juicy, the cranberry sauce was a delight and the veggie sides outshined everything.