By Jay Lloyd
NEW HOPE, Pa. (CBS) — “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving, doesn’t have to be as grim as the name might imply.
There are alternatives to shopping with the herd, just a short getaway drive from home. Holiday shopping utopias are as close as the nearby Pennsylvania suburbs.
Towns full of small, artisan-owned shops with unique, one-of-a-kind gifts and wonderful restaurants are easy to find. Just stroll their uncrowded main streets, and make a getaway weekend out of it by overnighting at an in-town hotel or B&B.
If it’s a quirky nostalgic gift you’re craving for someone who can’t get enough vintage tchothkes and clothing, head for New Hope’s Love Saves the Day — a collectibles shop transplanted from Manhattan.
In Phoenixville, you just stroll the main drag where casually creative shop windows open on an array of unique gift ideas, from art to wine.