Living Bristol by Keepin’ It Local
by Cate Murway
Wait…wait…don’t be “MALLed".
Small businesses maintain a sense of community and local character, while proudly offering the best value for your time and money.
Independent local businesses employed an array of supporting services when they hired architects, designers, cabinet shops, sign makers and contractors for their construction. Local accountants, insurance brokers, computer consultants, attorneys, and advertising agencies help run them. The local retailers also carry a higher percentage of locally-produced goods, meaning more jobs for local producers. This is simply good, efficient business.
The remarkable history of Bristol Borough, the picturesque scenery and the elegant restaurants that overlook water are all wonderful, but it’s the people who make it special.
So, shop on “Friendly” Mill Street, Market Street and Radcliffe Street. Then enjoy a terrific lunch or dinner in a romantic setting with wonderful ambiance in historic Bristol on the Delaware.
These are just some of the businesses that define a sense of place. Their survival depends on your patronage.
101 Mill Street
Dawn Kelch, along with her daughters, Jenna and Dena, and with Crystal Anne Napoli, is hosting the inaugural “Men’s Shopping Night” on Sunday, December 15th from 8:00 pm until midnight to personalize the Christmas Shopping experience for men. The businesses will be catering especially to HIM but women are also invited to attend.
Local vendors, Mignoni Jewelry & Gifts, Spice & Co. and Jo Marie’s Boutique will display gifts ranging from $5.00 to $5,000. Ladies, fill out a personalized “Wish List” at your favorite shops and give it to your husband, boyfriend, father, or brother.
Boots and selections from area electronic and cell phone businesses will also be available.
The perfect gift choices will be made complete with professional gift wrapping by Terry Carroll and Ro Mignoni. Monies charged for wrapping will be donated to Bristol Borough Community Action Group, Inc. on Wood Street for food vouchers.
Drink and appetizer specials make the shopping a real treat. No reservation necessary.
131 Mill Street
Build your Own Snowman kits are only $7.99. Enter your “cool dude” after the first snow, and you just may win a prize. Mycle and Ron will traverse the town and declare the winners of three Spice & Co. gift certificates.
While you’re here, find a few of your favorite things….there’s spices and oils, and vinegars, and spa stuff, butters and soaps and a pet section, too. A myriad of handmade coasters and bags and scarves, Teddy's Premium Soda or impressive sacks of snacks, an amazing selection guaranteed to entice you.
Tab your total and receive 10% back in Spice Certificates for use in January 2014.
Snow is promised while you shop and listen to the carolers on Fridays from 4:00-5:30 pm.
200 Mill Street
Céad Míle Fàilte! [Irish Gaelic A Hundred Thousand Welcomes].
The Mignonis make magic! Carol, Ann and Rosemarie keep their full service jewelry and gift store chock full of surprises. The newest Christmas ornament, representing Bristol Borough’s Wharf, is a classically beautiful, picturesque Delaware River scene including a sailing ship in a gold-like frame.
Their neat as a pin display cases house Belleek china, Galway crystal, gold chains, Roman Empire cameo pendants and selections of Shanore Celtic and Irish designs. Time is precious! There’s no better way to mark a special moment than with a Bulova precision timepiece.
Bask in the gripping, irresistible harp music that transcends time on Friday and Saturday evenings in December. Your shopping will be a heart-warming experience, not a chore.
204 Mill Street
Daydreams and Doodads showcases handmade gifts from local crafters and artists and the proprietor, Navy veteran Heather Davis makes sure that there is truly something for everyone.
How about an innovative children’s cookbook where your budding chef can become the star?
Amanda Coopersmith’s "Picture Me Cooking" is it! It's a cookbook, a photo album and a scrapbook all in one!
Or choose a pair of Cookie Monster mittens [complete with cookie] to wrap and your youngster just may keep his/her mittens on.
For the too hot to handle winter beverages, the perfect answer is the handmade crocheted mug cozy that will keep your hot drinks warm and your hands comfy.
Make smart use of wall space with creatively decorated chalk boards, the perfect place for reminder notes. Perhaps you’ll even want to keep one of them for yourself!
205 Mill Street
Let’s be perfectly frank… style is everything!
Joanne Ryn offers Frank Lyman’s exclusive designs that are unique, feminine, charming and audacious.
The perfect find, of loads of color and feminine flourishes done within reason, awaits you!
Need jewelry or a stylish scarf to complete your outfit? Be it bling or novelty, a diverse blend of distinctive fashion and classic evening wear and fun wear jewelry are essential statement pieces.
Sign up today at Jomaries.info to receive e-mails announcing store events and the latest fashions!
Bucks County Baseball Cards
237 Mill Street
Stop into “Bucks County Baseball Cards”, a full-service sport goods provider and chat with “sports authority” Jim Lutz. His shop houses an incredible selection of sports memorabilia of famous professional athletes, including game-worn items of “big talent from a small town”, former Major League infielder, Jeffrey Paul Manto.
Shop shirts! Winning just may be for the birds! Choose from racks of Eagles, Phillies and Flyers logo clothing for the sports “phanatics” on your list.
301 Mill Street
Rich Vallejo is offering a 50% discount on all candles, Department 56 seasonal giftware, collectibles and unique decorations. His Another Time Antiques is a mixed visual refuge of nostalgia and tradition, contemporary and creative. Everything about his shoppe is classic.
Peruse the large inventory of new and estate sterling silver jewelry and imaginative decorating and gift giving ideas. Whether you're looking for that special gift, or just need a big old bear hug for yourself, Boyd’s bears always make people smile!
257 Radcliffe Street
Who wouldn’t like to see their name in “WRITES”?
Have your customized and embroidered gift stand out from the rest.
Personalized gifts can make any present into something stunning and meaningful, and lets recipients know that the gift is specifically for them. A monogrammed sweatshirt could cut the chill!
And set an extra warm glow in your home; ignite your holiday with the outstanding complex fragrances of NEST Candles.
Decorated apparel, towels, sports bags, headwear, and quality salt-glazed fired pottery spark gift giving ideas for any occasion.
400 Market Street
Did you forget the wine? Drive right up…. No line!
Wine lovers can trust Jayne McPherson-Young to choose and provide stellar, food-friendly and complex, well structured wine selections, worthy of gracing your table from Buckingham Valley Vineyards.
There’s a great selection of wine bags from chic to cheeky for gift giving, so y’all come.
Salud! L'chaim! Cheers!
Check out the special display of creative “Guy Gifts” including “Man Cave” mugs and several bolder breeds of savory “man scent” candles. Flaming pizza anyone?
They hope to see you soon. Street parking is available as well as parking in the Mill Street Parking Lot.
Traditions connect this community. You’ll feel it at every corner.
Visit for a healthy dose of small town America.
It’s pretty mellow here….who wouldn’t want to live in historic Bristol on the Delaware?
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ADDITIONAL SHOPPING INFO
The Glamorous Life, Inc.
303 Mill Street
KellyAnn Bellerby ALWAYS locates incredible gifts. Her selection of Light Duty Ribbon Bracelets are a great way to display your continued support for a cause.
Another gift suggestion for the fashion conscious
is a Tattooed Steel Bracelet and they are Made in the USA!
2205 E. Farragut Avenue
Stop in to see Lathan and Missy Andrews for ALL your biking, and fishing bait & tackle and camping supplies.
This family owned store offers new and used bicycles for all riding abilities and they stock parts and accessories, and provide complete repairs for all bikes!
Brand New Jamis Laser 2.0 20" Boys jr BMX bike
Retails at $179 Re-Cycles sale price $119