Holiday “Happy”-nings
by Cate Murway

As the holiday season approached, some shoppers’ dispositions turned from holly jolly to down right bah humbug. Malls became overcrowded and finding a parking space turned into a race with other shoppers – not quite a perfect situation for boosting holiday spirits. Some small shops in historic Bristol on the Delaware offer alternatives to meet shoppers’ needs, offering unique, one-of-a-kind shops, fine dining and a much more relaxing gift-buying experience in a true neighborhood community.
Small-town merchants offer a less frenzied venue and one can actually enjoy rekindling small-town connections while milling around. Experience it for yourself. Everything is offered with friendly service and small town charm.
Come enjoy the ambiance where creativity and holiday spirit are encouraged with the decorations.
Shop locally for merchandise and needed services to help keep money circulating here in the historic Bristol on the Delaware economy.
Meander down Mill Street.

Not last minute, the best is just saved for last……………….

Mignoni Jewelry & Gifts
200 Mill Street

Whether you are Irish, or just wish you were, now you can wear a-wee-bit-of-Ireland.
Tara's Diary Silver memories bracelet, a new Celtic & Irish influenced charm beads and bracelet, is a version of the Pandora bracelets. Add a bead made of sterling silver or sterling silver with glass beads. The great variety includes birthstone beads, claddagh beads, Trinity beads, Celtic Knot beads, Irish or Scottish Dancer beads, Celtic Cross beads, Celtic spiral beads, glass color beads with flowers from Ireland, shamrock beads, baby beads, and a pearl bead to remember weddings and anniversaries. It’s a great gift to start for that special lady in your life to remember all the wonderful time and people in her life.
Winter has officially arrived. The real trick with staying comfortably warm in cold weather is partly preparation.
Pop a cape over a turtleneck and long gloves and you can cherish the chill! John Branigan hand crafted wool capes are as warm as they are beautiful, in all the most fashionable hues capturing the color of Ireland.
All major credit cards are accepted.  Beautiful gift-wrapping.
Come in and share a cup of freshly brewed Irish Tea!

Mill Street Pharmacy
46 Mill Street

Package a “Practical” gift basket.
Caught them coughin’? Tussin DM Cough Suppressant [regular or sugar free] 4 oz is only $1.88.
Keep them healthy. Emergen-C, a complete vitamin drink mix with 1000 mg of C plus B vitamins and more is a multi-vitamin without the pill. Ignite their energy level. It’s a tasty fizzy health and energy booster drink with a blend of vitamins and antioxidants, a multi that is actually fun!
Planning a trip? High quality travel sized tubes are a bonus packing item, especially in these challenging days of packing after airport security changes when liquids and gels carried on airplanes must adhere to strict airport rules.
Hand sanitizers kill the germs that make you sick without water or towels and are excellent for preventing the spread of the flu. Pack smart and light, and then enjoy the trip.
A full selection of tastefully selected “formal to fun” holiday and birthday greeting cards completes your “one stop shopping needs”!
Save 10% on all Christmas items on December 24th.

Transformations, LLC
Fitness & Wellness Center
400 Mill Street

This holiday season give the gift of wellness, and see how such a gift can “transform” a life.
Wellness gift certificates can be purchased for personal training, exercise classes, or nutrition counseling and much more. Wellness gift certificates can also be focused toward different ages, genders and needs. Your loved ones will appreciate your support and thoughts in helping them achieve their personal fitness goals.
At $32.00 a month [just a tad more than a dollar a day!] Pat Mulhern’s Starter Kit at his comprehensive wellness center serving all populations includes workout gloves, a T-shirt, personalized workout program, juice bar coupon, and 2 personal training sessions.
Transformations boasts treadmills, step machines, bikes, Trikkes, kayaks and canoes, a massage table and a small rock wall.
There is a vital and overlooked link between brawn and brains! The fittest bodies are more likely the ones with the fittest brains. No matter your age, it seems, a strong, active body is crucial for building a strong, active mind.
Give a Gift of Wellness and Keep America Beautiful!

Working up an appetite with all this shopping?

Kelch House
101 Mill Street

You can enjoy the fine
Kelch House cuisine
all through the holidays
with the perfect atmosphere
and the Delaware River and Historic Bristol Wharf view as an added plus. Reservations are recommended for the New Years Eve elegantly spectacular 2:00 p.m. ‘til 10:00 p.m. dining experience featuring delicious 12 oz gourmet Lobster tail. Savor the sweet and delicious taste of ocean-fresh lobster and everything you need for that special dinner!
Treat some very lucky friends and family to the Kelch House extraordinary dining masterpieces, complete with their own artfully prepared accompaniments. Gift certificates are available. Give. Savor. Celebrate.
Kelch House is closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Coffee bar & gelateria
129 Radcliffe Street

Wow…….creamy hot chocolate,
a favorite way to warm up after a cold afternoon
… AND ½ price.
A cup of steamy, frothy hot chocolate
is twice as rich in antioxidants
as a glass of red wine….and just as intoxicating!
Come on in from 8:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.
on New Year’s Eve day
and share some good conversation.
Sip a cup of comfort [the decadent stuff]
topped off with whipped cream or marshmallows,
along with your choice of homemade muffins or cookies. It’s a sweet, smooth tasty treat that is irresistible and hits the spot! The perfect beverage: warm, creamy, milky, and filled with lots of chocolate. What is there not to love about that?

Mill Street Café
407 Mill Street

Mill Street Café captures
the very essence of a
hometown diner,
doing dining right in a nice welcoming style, comfortable and good at comfort food.
Savor a hot sandwich. Choose between genuine lean Virginia baked ham or a hearty open faced hot turkey drizzled with gravy. Try the delicious penne vodka with boneless, skinless chicken breast. It just might make the mark!
Dessert anyone? Enjoy the sweetened layers of dough and crushed pistachio nuts in the authentic Turkish baklava with a steamy mug of coffee.
Pros: fabulous food, courteous employees, comfortable atmosphere.
Cons: nothing at all!

Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes. Dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more borough services, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
Entrepreneurship fuels America’s economic innovation and prosperity and contributes to vibrant, compact, walkable town centers-which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.
Choose to support locally owned businesses and help maintain Bristol Borough’s diversity and distinctive flavor.

A collective and inclusive "Happy Holidays" wish for all.

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