Whether shopping for yourself or seeking out the perfect Christmas gift for another, a bevy of treasures is waiting at Starlight Antiques.
The downtown store has been in business for five years and is co-owned by Phil and Caren Starr, who both have been part of the Millersburg business community for 20 years.
The store carries a full line of canvas prints, folk art style collectibles and gifts by Ohio folk artist Billy Jacobs. It also specializes in antiques and collectibles, primitives, kitchen collectibles, quilts, linens, glassware and a large selection of advertising items and fishing collectibles.
For the decorator, there are papier-mâché vintage style Santas and Christmas collectibles, ornaments, stockings, snowflakes, snowmen, wreaths and wall and door hangers.
The store is a perfect stop for "everybody who's thinking outside the box for Christmas gifts. We have windows they can use as picture frames. We had a lady come in and buy fishing lures, news and hunting items to decorate the tree in her husband's office," said Caren Starr, noting many people are starting to embrace the idea of a second or third Christmas tree for their home.
Always, there will be the one hung with the traditional ornaments -- the ones made by children and grandchildren, the ones that have been around year after year and have become a part of the Christmas tradition. But, Starr suggests outfitting a themed tree for other rooms of the home.
"How about a small tree in the kitchen with cookie cutter and red or green handled vintage kitchen tools used as Christmas ornaments? Gingerbread cookies and strung popcorn finish up the decor for the tree. How about a tree for the dining room with vintage tea cups and saucers, vintage sheet music folded as fans and bows?
"Just about anything can be used to decorate a theme style tree, even fishing lures can make great ornaments for a men's tree or a tree for the log cabin," she said.
And for gift giving, there's something for everyone, including men and children. In addition to the wide variety of craft items, there are antique duck decoys, fishing tackle, antlers, tools, sporting equipment and memorabilia, lunch boxes, dishes, furniture, typewriter key and other jewelry, lamps, books, artwork, pots and pans, silver, cooking utensils, toys and games.
Items are big and small, with varied price tags, making possible major shopping or just the filling of a stocking.
And, Starr said, "We're always willing to help the guys shop. We'll always take returns on gift shop items. And, if you don't know what to get, we have gift certificates."
The store offers free gift wrapping and free local delivery. "We're very customer-oriented. We're a small business. We know our customers. Over half of our customer base is local," she said.
"And, if you can't make it to the store, we call sell off our website (www.starlightantiques.com)," she said. "We try to make it hassle-free shopping."
Already the store is observing holiday hours and will continue to do so through the end of the year. The store is open seven days a week 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. A Christmas open house is scheduled for Nov. 24, when the store will offer extended hours, remaining open until 10 p.m.
The day's offerings will include sales, specials, refreshments and a special raffle, the proceeds from which will be donated to Share-A-Christmas.
For Children's Night in Millersburg, Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m., children will be invited in to make a snowflake ornament.
The store also is participating in the Historic Downtown Millersburg "Buy Local" campaign and will offer a 10 percent discount on all gift shop items to customers with a "Buy Local" tote bag, which is available from participating merchants.
Reporter Christine L. Pratt can be reached at 330-674-5676 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.