Only 13 Shopping Days Left!!!

Independent Locally Owned ShopsI’m prejudiced. I’d rather shop at a locally owned store. There is something about seeing your neighbor behind the counter and knowing he or she will directly benefit from your patronage. The sign at left sits in front of Brooke Pottery at 223 North Kentucky Avenue. Gloria Brooke shop is one of the success stories of the block. (Others haven’t fared as well.)

There isn’t much I could tell you about Brooke Pottery that hasn’t been said by better writers in the Ledger and other local publications. Suffice it to say, that when my family first entered her shop she greeted us warmly. Her shop was buzzing with patrons and staff, and even with the hubbub she took the time to welcome us to Lakeland.

Take the time to walk downtown Lakeland. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of shops and shopkeepers like Gloria Brooke. Buy a bibelot or two…dozen. I’m sure your dad doesn’t need a new tie though.

6 thoughts on “Only 13 Shopping Days Left!!!

  1. Chuck: I’m a big fan of Brooke Pottery. In fact, I think I pointed the shop out to you recently. I’m standing at the counter at Booke Pottery now, thumbing this message into my Treo. Forrtunately, I have plenty of time to write this message because of the meticulous care that goes into each transaction here. And so we wait…

  2. Chuck: I’m a big fan of Brooke Pottery. In fact, I think I pointed the shop out to you recently. I’m standing at the counter at Booke Pottery now, thumbing this message into my Treo. Forrtunately, I have plenty of time to write this message because of the meticulous care that goes into each transaction here. And so we wait…

  3. Brooks has beautiful products, not to mention unique. Their merchandise make great Christmas gifts because they are original and special, more than a touch above a dept. store gift. I agree with you 100% here! Oh, and any one who wants an excuse to sniff some wonderful sache popourri’s: their Gardenia scented beads are out of this world!

  4. Brooks has beautiful products, not to mention unique. Their merchandise make great Christmas gifts because they are original and special, more than a touch above a dept. store gift. I agree with you 100% here! Oh, and any one who wants an excuse to sniff some wonderful sache popourri’s: their Gardenia scented beads are out of this world!

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