By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Special Interest | Issue: December 2011
Christmas shopping is always fun at J & J Pharmacy and Gifts, where Onita Johnson, sales, and owner Patsy Daniel look forward to meeting their customers’ gift needs every day.
Okay men, here’s your chance to stay on good terms with your wife and have an opportunity to score a flat-screen TV to be given away to one lucky husband on Thursday, December 8. J & J Pharmacy and Gifts is hosting its first Men’s Night Out from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at their store located in Claremore’s Ne-Mar Shopping Center.
“We want to offer men an opportunity to purchase a Christmas gift for their wives, something they really want,” says Patsy Daniel, owner. “Their wives will be able to turn in a wish list to us before that night.”
During the Men’s Night Out, one winner will go home with a flat-screen TV. Refreshments will also be served.
J & J’s regular Christmas Open House is set for Sunday, December 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. In addition to refreshments and food samples, the store will give away door prizes each hour.
Christmas shopping at J & J is always fun, as the store carries many exclusive lines not found anywhere else in town, according to Patsy. In addition to their variety of Vera Bradley personal accessories, the store now carries a wide array of Flaunt, an alternative to Vera Bradley. The Flaunt line, which is an Oklahoma company, is more sophisticated with added bling.
The Flaunt line includes purses, totes, cell phone cases, iPad covers, overnight bags, toiletry bags, hipsters, notepads and other accessories. “It’s a different look from the Vera Bradley line, a soft-sided line,” she adds. “The company behind Flaunt also has two other lines we carry, including the Faith collection of crosses and the Drake collection of beautiful canisters and other kitchen accessories.”
If you’re a cool chick and want to let people know who you are rooting for on the sidelines, J & J carries the Cool Chicks Wear that began with two sisters and a T-shirt that says, “Cool Chicks Wear Orange” for OSU fans. The two women have now expanded their line to include “Cool Chicks Wear Crimson” for OU fans. Their authentic, sporty and fun products include a variety of styles for different tastes.
If you love unique jewelry, J & J carries several lines you won’t find anywhere else locally, including Ashleigh George, a South African artist who is inspired by the richness of scripture, along with intricate patterns, shapes and colors to create her unusual pieces. “These higher-end pieces are very popular with ladies whose husbands come in to buy the handmade pieces as gifts for their wives. Our newest arrival is the initial pieces.”
J & J also carries the Waxing Poetic jewelry line of bracelets, necklaces and initial charms, as well as a line called Pick Up Sticks, which offers a more whimsical look that is less expensive, according to Patsy, who says both offer a way to “create your own story.”
If you’d like to own a piece of jewelry created by Anna Koplik, who designs earrings, bracelets and necklaces for the competitors on “Dancing with the Stars,” J & J carries some of her handmade, vintage-inspired, costume Swarovski crystal jewelry. The collection is timeless and classic.
Monogrammed and personalized products for just about anyone on your shopping list are popular gift ideas. From writing pads to Tervis tumblers, your gift can be made more personal with a choice of patterns, colors and names as well as initials. “The Tervis tumblers are guaranteed for life because they are made from the same material as airplane window shields,” says Patsy. “We do need at least two weeks advance notice to get your personalized products back in time for gift giving.”
For more unusual, unique gift and Christmas decorating ideas, take your Christmas shopping list and head to J & J Pharmacy and Gifts, where you’ll find Mud Pie “texting gloves,” Lollia fragrances and crèmes, cookbooks, Tyler candles and much more. You won’t leave empty handed.
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.