Do you ever feel like you have all the big chain stores memorized? I mean I’m in love with Target (especially their Nate Berkus and Threshold Lines), but I also am a huge supporter of small businesses. That’s one of the reasons I love all of our blog sponsors here on EC2. Anyhow, a friend contacted me and told me that our area had a “Best Kept Secrets Tour” coming to our area. Basically, you buy a ticket and get a complete guide (with coupons and freebies) to a ton of the amazing small businesses in the area- everything from crafty shops & restaurants to Alpaca farms- WHAT? Who knew!?! The tour is in our local Montgomery County area this month, so I asked our blog assistant Diana to head out on the tour and report back what she found (we’re filming back to back weeks, so we couldn’t go along- boo!) I kind of felt like Ellen Degeneres sending her man in little shorts out on a mission (I promise Diana didn’t wear mini shorts!)
So take it away Diana- oh and make sure you locals get all the way to the bottom, because we’re giving away 3 tickets to the tour!!
Are you looking for a way to give back to community this year while shopping for unique items for the holiday season? Well, now you can because this year the Best Kept Secrets Tour has come to Montgomery Country and with every $8 tour ticket sold $1 is donated to the Laurel House, which helps to provide a safe home for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
There is something for everyone on Montco’s Best Kept Secrets Tour, whether you are looking for antiques, holiday decor, one of a kind treats, or handmade items, you won’t be disappointed. There is even a chance to win raffle items and a $200 shopping spree at the tour business of your choice! Locations are spread out within the county; Boyertown/Gilbertsville, East Greenville/Pennsburg, Royersford/Collegeville, Harleysville/Souderton, Hatfield/Lansdale, Ambler, and even King of Prussia.
The tour goes on until November 23rd and we just happen to have a few tickets to giveaway today! Throughout the tour, certain locations will be hosting demos, games, food sampling and more, so be sure to check it out even if you don’t win.
Here are a few of the locations I checked out in the Hatfield/Lansdale and Harleysville/Souderton areas…
I’ve passed by The Woodburners in Hatfield many times, but just figured it was a shop for someone looking for a wood burning stove! Well, I’m glad I made this one of my stops on the tour, because it is definitely one of MontCo’s Best Kept Secrets. The shop is filled from floor to ceiling with gorgeous artisan items that include pottery, jewelry, blown glass ornaments, and more.
Not too far down the road from The Woodburners was Ally Katz, located in the Lansdale shopping center near Kohls. They are a cute little boutique that has gifts for just about everyone on your Christmas shopping list. From holiday and home decor to jewelry and baby gifts, they are that one stop, I need a great gift type of shop.
The great thing about the tickets for Montco’s Best Kept Secrets Tour is the map that’s included and the way each store is listed by location. So next on the list from Ally Katz was Laurel’s Loft, which is a thrift and consignment shop associated with Laurel’s House and all proceeds from sales go to services offered there. They had a great book selection and a raffle giveaway for a beautiful handbag, so if your in search of a new purse, be sure to make this one of your stops for a chance to win!
Would you believe my next stop on the tour was Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm! This wasn’t the next location according to the map, but there is no right or wrong way to take the tour, your mission is to explore and have fun while giving back. The alpacas were very sweet and so were farm owner’s Alex and Sandy….
Here, Alex is showing me the baby alpaca who was being shy and tried to hide behind the others!
The last shop I stopped at on Montco’s Best Kept Secrets Tour was The Corner Store: Hidden Talents Gift Shoppe, located not too far from the alpaca farm in the Harleysville area. I didn’t want to leave this adorable shop, especially when I saw this shelf of owls….oh I was in trouble! I’m obsessed with these wise guys, but I knew if I brought another one home my husband and step-daughters wouldn’t be too happy. They’re already calling me the crazy owl lady! The store owners were so delighted to see tour shoppers, and even created a scavenger hunt and treated us to Apple Cider, Popcorn, and Cookies.
So are you ready to join the tour and enter the giveaway?
Enter below and if you want to head out on the tour sooner, you can buy your tickets at Best Kept Secrets Tour