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Posted on November 13, 2020 at 5:29 PM by Mikalah Richardson



End 2020 with what really matters – creating memories with loved ones! Whether you’re here for a day trip or staying steps away from the fun at one of our premium hotels, make gift-giving a treat with unique boutiques and experiences you can only find in Allen. Countdown 14 days of shopping with us while highlighting 14 reasons why Allen is your ultimate shopping destination for the holiday season! 

Lone Star Mercantile

Find a wonderland of hand-crafted treasures at Lone Star Mercantile, home to hundreds of local merchants and artisans. Walk through the doors to be greeted by painted signs, seasonal clothes, and accessories, even handmade yard gnomes dressed as elves. Just don’t stop at one vendor too long. With more than 250 booths to explore, be sure to carve out a few hours. You'll need it!

2. Put down the mouse and get out of the house
in more ways than one! Head over to Cabela's at The Village at Allen for crossbows, hunting kits, or kayaks for the outdoor enthusiast in the family. Or bring your favorite athlete to get lost in the aisles of MonkeySports, a sports superstore specializing in all things baseball, hockey, and lacrosse. Once they fall in love with their chosen bat or stick, let them step into the batting cage or slap shot room to test out their new "weapon of choice."?

3. Stretch your dollars with upscale thrifting. Browse organized racks of well-kept designer labels at Uptown Cheapskate, the perfect place to stock up your closet with trendy pieces and statement accessories for men and women. Just steps away, Kid to Kid offers deals galore on like-new toys, books, and clothing.

Birds and Words

4. Create your own rustic North Pole with Birds and Words {a Home Boutique}, where floor-to-ceiling holiday décor can complete any home. Want something more customized? Enlist this creative family of owners to hand paint or carve any quote, name or phrase into your favorite home décor piece. 

5. Pamper your pooch with goodies from Earth Wise Supply and Grooming. This carefully-curated gift shop offers everything from seasonal chew toys to intriguing treats like duck heads and giant bones. Shopping with Spot? You can both grab a bite to eat at Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, where pups are welcomed on the patio with a free bowl of water and their own menu.

6. Put your mind at ease when hunting for that special gift. We’re the proud home of the "Allen Oath," a pledge taken by hundreds of businesses to keep you safe through established health protocols. All three major shopping centers also offer alternative ways to shop and dine with contact-free pickup and curbside returns—a convenience you can enjoy no matter your comfort level.

Buff City Soap

7. Give the gift of togetherness and experience something new!
Nestled within more than 120 designer stores at Allen Premium Outlets, the makers at Buff City Soap mix, pour and cut their hand-crafted bars daily—and you can join them! Grab the family and create your own seasonal scents to take home. (Candy Cane Forest or Hot Buttered Rum, anyone?) Bonus Tip: Download the Shop Allen TX PlayPass to redeem great savings off local retailers and restaurants, including 25% off your purchase at Buff City Soap.

8. Raise a glass to an exciting new venture. A few good things have come out of 2020, including the perfectly curated cocktails and a world-class menu of delectable bites at Peppersmash. We're excited to introduce this new addition to Allen's after-dark scene, but even more excited to get our hands on the Pinkies Up cocktail. Cheers! 

9. When shopping in unknown territory, ask the experts! After a one-on-one personal shopping experience at Trek Bicycle Shop, you'll leave with the perfect pair of wheels for any outdoor adventure. Or work with a treasured business like Allen Jewelers, a family business operated by the Ray family since 1972. Whether restoring a family heirloom or creating a new one, Allen's only master jeweler can handle any question and jewelry need.

Frogg Coffee Bar and Creperie Beer

10. Fuel up during your day of shopping with coffee stops and meal breaks just steps away from the fun
Sip a peppermint latte from Frogg Coffee Bar and Creperie. Or, make a pit stop for a well-deserved lunch break at Edith's French Café located in the heart of Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. The Croque Madame smothered in Gruyere sauce and topped with a fried egg is *chef’s kiss*! We've got dinner covered, too--home-style and hassle-free—at Two Rows Classic Grill. You can’t go wrong with southern favorites like shrimp and grits or homemade chili…unless you forget to order a side of their famous honey pepper bacon!

11. Tackle your to-do list with a one-stop-shop. The Village at Allen is just that. Stop by Target for last-minute gifts, Home Goods for the perfect finishing touch to your holiday table setting, and Total Wine & More for that last-minute bottle of wine?that makes you the ultimate hostess with the mostess! You’re bound to find exactly what you need (and maybe a little you don't). Bonus Tip: Take convenience up a notch with a shop and stay weekend at Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Allen at Allen Event Center, located right in the center of the action.

With lush grass and a tree house-like play area, The Green at Watters Creek is another great scene f

12. Take the hassle out of shopping with kids.
Go where mom and dad can get a little shopping done…and the littles can have fun. Pack a ball or frisbee and let them burn off some energy on the village green at Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. Tummies rumbling? Even the pickiest eaters will be satisfied after lunch on the patio of Grimaldi's Pizzeria. After a day of fun, the kids will be ready for a good night's sleep. You’re welcome.

13. Dine Allen's original hidden gems brought to you by generations of the Odza family. Taste and see why locals rave about the homemade marinara sauce and chicken piccata at Italian Villa. More of a morning person? Find classic breakfast options and perfectly cooked omelets at Allen Café, a staple of Allen’s restaurant scene since 1997.

ACO Boutique

14. “Shop small” with businesses that believe in giving back.
At ACO Boutique, located in Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm, your purchases of gently-used home goods are donated directly to help local families in need. Even your coffee habit takes on a charitable streak at Saltlight Station, a coffee pho shop helping featured organizations with every drink of the month sold. (Try the Saigon Salted Caramel Latte in November.)