Support Small Business: Local Boutiques Offer Unique Gifts

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By Amy Taylor

Holiday shopping season is here, and we are fortunate to be surrounded by so many unique small businesses when we shop for gifts. You won’t find your cookie-cutter, big-box-store gifts at these places. Choose a unique gift for your loved one at one of our many area boutiques. Here are a few of our favorite boutique shopping experiences in the area.

McCall Studio Gallery – Manassas

When you think shopping, an art gallery might not be the first thing that comes to mind. This studio and gallery in historic Manassas sells unique, hand-made items that are perfect for the art lover in your life.

“A piece of art from McCall Gallery would make a great holiday gift, because it is a unique original (and/or limited edition) from local, national and international community artists. The artwork comes from the artist’s heart and can connect with the personality of the recipient to add fun, meaning and creative
colorful energy to any space — to enjoy for years to come,” said studio director and founder, Denise McCall.

“McCall Studio Gallery offers handcrafted jewelry, unique pins and t-shirt design, curated small limited editions and originals, cards, art bags and other purses, books by original local writers, small bronze sculptures and antique accessories,” McCall said. Special items in stock for the holiday season include holiday cards, fall or winter scene canvas bags, books by local authors, limited-edition small, framed art for stocking stuffers and holiday-themed handmade jewelry.

If you want a special, sentimental gift, they offer photo restoration creative services and printings. You can also give the gift of private drawing classes or museum tours with tea. For more information, email or call 571-379-7598.

Spinaweb – Occoquan

This specialty weaving shop, located in Occoquan, has handwoven gifts created onsite. They have many cozy and unique gifts for your loved ones.

Some of the items you can expect to find here are placemats, rugs, blankets, scarves, clothing and other holiday gifts. You can order ahead of time and get a personalized gift during the holidays or throughout the year. Weavers can match color schemes and suggest styles for customer orders. They create some specialty items just for the holidays.

“These include some smaller home décor pieces such as snowmen, Christmas stockings, gift card holders and ornaments,” said Debra Vermillion, director of Spinaweb.

This shop is operated by The Arc of Greater Prince William as a part of their adult day support program. The weavers are there Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is open until 5 p.m. most days including Saturdays.

“Spinaweb invites you to purchase with a purpose this holiday season. We offer a variety of beautiful hand-woven items that are unique and one of a kind, but more importantly we look forward to sharing our creations with you,” Vermillion said.

Learn more about Spinaweb online at

Quinn’s Goldsmith – Woodbridge

This year Quinn’s Goldsmith celebrates 30 years in business. President Terry Quinn designs custom pieces  with his customers in mind.

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This shop offers unique designs you won’t find in big box jewelry stores. You won’t find a necklace like their Riding the Wave of Life Pendant anywhere else. Quinn designed this wave pendant, capped by a diamond, to represent riding the wave of life. This pendant is part of their unique seaside collection.

If you don’t find a design among their selections that suits your taste, they will custom design a piece of jewelry for you.

Quinn’s is located at 14901 Potomac Town Plaza, Woodbridge, at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center.
For more information, visit their website at

Amy Taylor ( is a contributing writer and editor. She earned her BLS in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


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