By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Retail | Issue: December 2014
Christmas shopping is always fun at J&J Pharmacy and Gifts, where store manager Mary Kate Bollman and sales clerk Jane Dearman look forward to meeting their customers’ gift and decorating needs every day.
Christmas shopping at J&J Pharmacy and Gifts is always fun, as the store carries many exclusive lines not found anywhere else in town. Located in Claremore’s Ne-Mar Shopping Center, the business is a cornucopia of merchandise to delight anyone on your gift list.
Mary Kate Bollman, store manager, is excited about Christmas and the array of wonderful items new to the store, as well as traditional favorites for local shoppers.
La Vie bracelets by Catherine Popesco are new this year. “We are an exclusive dealership in Claremore,” says Bollman. The Swarovski crystal bracelets are made of the finest Australian crystal available. The store also carries La Vie earrings and necklaces to delight the special woman on your list.
The store also carries many other jewelry choices, which make great stocking stuffers. Other stocking stuffer ideas include collegiate items as well as Disney “Frozen” charm bracelets and necklaces for little girls. “We also have many pretty baby items,” she adds.
Mark Robert Fairies, numbered Christmas collectibles, have been selling out worldwide since 1984. The décor celebrates the magic of Christmas, and J&J is the only place to buy them in Claremore. “We always have people coming in asking for them,” she says.
Another popular collectible is the line of Santa Clauses created by Karen Didion. Each Santa Claus has a beautiful hand-painted porcelain face with real wool beard. “They are really pretty,” Bollman adds. “We do have a wide array of Christmas décor, including ornaments.”
J&J is also carries Vera Bradley personal accessories. With two new patterns now available, you don’t have to leave town to find what you’re looking for. “We can get what you want if we don’t have it in stock,” she says.
Having trouble deciding what to buy that special someone? Why not purchase a variety of food and drink items to fill a basket? You can choose from Wind & Willow dips, packages of Neighbors Coffee, Cocoa Amore mixes, Wine-A-Rita mixes, Aspen Mulling Cider Spices or No Bake Simple-to-Mix dips to top your party crackers. You could even toss in a cookbook, also available at J&J.
Tyler candles and Mixer Melt pots make great Christmas gifts or to add to the ambience of your own house for the season. With many holiday fragrances available, you’re sure to find just the right one.
If you’re having trouble deciding what to purchase for that special someone in your life, you can always purchase a gift certificate in any denomination. “We also offer free gift wrapping with the purchase of a gift,” says Bollman. “And, when you do make a purchase, you can also sign up for a drawing for a large stuffed snowman.”
For more unique gift ideas, take your Christmas list and head to J&J Pharmacy and Gifts. “We look forward to seeing everyone during the holiday season,” she says, “and we’re here to help you with your shopping needs.”
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.