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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Only seven shopping days ‘til Christmas

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Only seven shopping days remain before Christmas. Shop downtown today! Enjoy your Christmas shopping without worrying about running to feed the meter this week. The Lancaster Parking Authority is sponsoring free two how metered parking until Christmas Eve, 24 December.

Art & Glassworks is a vibrant unique store with a little bit of everything. Open today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the shop offers glass products, jewelry, art work, ceramics, and everything in between! The shop is located at 317 North Queen Street,

BUiLDiNG CHARACTER, located at 342 Rear & 346 North Queen Street, has extended its hours this week for your Christmas shopping delight! It will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. While there be sure to check out the “North Pole Print Shop” window display if you have not yet done so. The window display is set up at the entrance to the Heritage Press Museum, 346 N Queen Street.

Angry, young and poor – a punk rock store – is a must stop if you are shopping for the unusual. Celebrating 18 years in Lancaster, this shop is located on the corner of Orange and Charlotte Streets at 356 West Orange Street.

Gift certificates make wonderful gifts for not only the difficult person on your list but also for edible gifts like Macklin’s Café. These treats are absolutely delicious! Located at 24 East Orange Street, Macklin’s Café does offer gift certificates.

Who can make it through a day of shopping without coffee or tea? Head over to Cross Keys Coffee & Teas, at 34 North Queen Street, for coffees, teas, cappuccinos, lattes and more!

Lancaster has many art galleries with wonderful gift ideas. The Liz Hess Gallery has many wonderful paintings, including her Scandinavian Christmas collection and her Lancaster collection. Stop in for prints or note cards. Located at 140 North Prince Street, the gallery opens at 10 a.m. The Annex 24 Gallery is hosting its 6th Annual Winter Exposition through the 21st. The Gallery is located at 24 West Walnut Street. Other galleries include: the Christiane David Gallery at 112 North Prince Street; the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery at 142 North Prince Street; Gallery on Market at 15 West King Street; and Uptown Antiques at 352 North Queen Street.

Books have always been the gateway for imaginations to take you to various locations. If you have a book lover on your Christmas list, head over to 401 West Lemon Street to the Dog Star Books.

Not everyone is fortunate enough to go Christmas shopping and have a huge feast. The Rescue Mission Food Drive runs through 21 December. Last year, nearly 500,000 meals were served through the Water Street Mission, the York Rescue Mission, the Lebanon Rescue Mission and Bethesda Mission. These meals were all provided through donations. For more information, including drop off locations and specific needs, see

After all that shopping today, relax. Stop in for a drink at Tellus360. While there, visit their shop for more unique gift ideas, including eco-friendly gifts, clothing and jewelry, reclaimed wood furniture, and consignment pieces from local artists. Enjoy yoga sessions this evening at Tellus360, 24 E King Street. Classes this week are at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Obviously in a City the size and diverse as Lancaster is, this is only a small sampling of shops. Grab your best walking shoes and a coat – no snow today but it is still cold – and take your time with your Christmas shopping. The Lancaster Parking Authority is sponsoring free two how metered parking

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