Shop Local Matters Now, More Than Ever

Local matters, especially now. Do your part to support the shop down the street, the folks who are your neighbors… the people who keep our city unique and going strong.

Lemuria Books
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With the holiday season upon us, have no fear: the City With Soul has many locally-owned shops that offer one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your list.

Offbeat - 109 North State Street

Records, clothing, toys, artwork and more, Offbeat is a one-stop shop for finding a unique gift for even the most eccentric people in your life. This alternative culture store specializes in designer toys, graphic novels, records and art books. The store also functions as an art gallery that showcases the work of young minority artists around the state.

From video games to classic music lovers, Offbeat covers a variety of niches and topics. Leave no person behind when it comes to gifts custom-tailored for their interests.

Not sure what to buy, but know someone who would love Offbeat? You can also purchase gift cards online or in-store to ensure that they’ll find exactly what they love.

To learn more and see more of the inventory, visit offbeatjxn.com.

Conkrete Kickz
- 1500 University Boulevard


For your beloved sneakerhead, Conkrete Kickz is sure to have a pair that will “wow” them. This boutique carries the newest trends, classic looks and ships anywhere.

Collections featured at Conkrete Kickz include Reebok Pumps, Reebok Legacy, Keith Harring, 997 and more. The store sells local clothing and custom garments for both men and women, making it an excellent place to shop for any trendsetter.

Learn more about Conkrete Kickz at conkretekickz.com.

Lemuria Books
- 4465 I-55 Suite 202


Lemuria was first opened in 1975 by John Evans. Within two years, the store had moved to the Highland Village and tripled in size. Since then, the bookstore moved to Banner Hall and expanded its inventory and walls far beyond what Mr. Evans ever thought was possible.

For the bookworms on your list, Lemuria is an independent bookstore that offers “real books for real readers.” From first editions to new releases, Lemuria has something for every reader and every interest. The store also hosts both virtual and in-person events featuring artists of various genres.

Learn more about Lemuria at lemuriabooks.com.

The Beacon
- 3030 North State Street


Centered around the modern creative, this art store is locally owned and operated by artist duo Jason Jenkins and Nicole Wyatt Jenkins. The Beacon boasts an inventory that is “consciously curated,” meaning that all stocked items are closely vetted and sourced from sellers who align closely with the Jenkins’ values.

Items offered at The Beacon include everything from any art supplies you can think of, esoteric-themed items, CBD products, crystals and Beacon-branded merch. Items are available for in-store pickup, delivery or in-store shopping by appointment.

Find out more about The Beacon at thebeaconsupply.com.

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