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Friday, December 14, 2012

Local downtowns offer fun Christmas shopping

KH Home is lit up in downtown Clarkston, Dec. 7. All that's missing is the snow.
If you want to find unique Christmas gifts, steer away from the mall and head for the quaint downtowns in the area. Clarkston is one of Michigan's most travelled downtowns with M-15 running through it til it ends at Dixie Highway.
The two-and-a-half block downtown features several shops, Rudy's Market and three restaurants.
One shop is Essence on Main, which features gourmet chocolate confections and local, organic and gourmet food products and gifts. Other shops include the Parsonage, florist and gift shop, Village Apparel, KH Home interior design studio, Clarkston Flower Shoppe, the Bird Feeder, Basketful of Yarn and the Country Store.

Restaurants include the Clarkston Union, the Union Woodshop and the Olde Village Grille. There's Mesquite Creek and Brioni Cafe & Deli, which are on the north end of town, closer to the I-75 interchange.
Also downtown, there's Lisa’s Confection Connection and the Village Bake Shoppe offering sweet treats. The Union General Store is next to the Clarkston Union, where shoppers can buy ice cream, gourmet cupcakes and other items. There is a free parking lot at the corner of Main Street, (M-15) and Washington. There's also parking by the Clarkston Union and behind the east side of the downtown. For more information, visit

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