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Readers' Choice: Vote for Your Favorite Southbury Gift Shop

There are several gift shops in town, which one is the best?

The nominations are in, and now it's time to vote for the best gift shop in all of Southbury.

To learn more about the businesses, click on the name to be taken to the Patch directory listing. And feel free to tell us in the comments why you voted for who you did. Voting will be open from July 13 to 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Joanmarie Fontana July 25, 2012 at 01:41 AM
By far the golden button hands down. One of a kind unique decor and gifts. Super cool workshops for me and kids. The girl who owns this place is super talented fun and even does birthday parties!!! The prices are unbeatable!!! The best gift shop in the tribury area!!!!
Pat Marsden July 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Kate at the Golden Button has an awesome shop ! If you haven't stopped by yet go check it out!
Amanda Moore July 25, 2012 at 12:14 PM
The golden button!
Laura Brown July 25, 2012 at 03:11 PM
The Jewelry Cafe!
Andrea Woerner July 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
The Jewelry Cafe! Laura Brown has an amazing selection of gifts in all price points. She not only carries unique jewelry, she has a great selection of Flax clothing and one-of-a-kind gifts for every occasion. Laura is extremely friendly and customer oriented. I had a great experience buying a gift for my friend there.
Sharon M Lieber July 25, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Definitely the Jewelry Cafe should be included in your gift shop list
Sue Torrey July 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Why wasn't The Jewelry Cafe on your list!!!!! That is downright CRAZY! If you're going to do a poll (and I think they can be divisive, not community-building), make sure it's a complete selection!
Joan Kloth-Zanard July 25, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am really disappointed to see that the Jewelry Cafe is not on this list. I actually patronize Laura's establishment far more than the others because of the quality of her products as well as the beautiful one of a kind hand made pieces that she offers for sale. I hope that you revamp this and include The Jewelry Cafe in your contest, as I would definitely vote for her in a heart beat.
Vivian Michaels July 25, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I agree with all of the above: Jewelry Cafe is a wonderful store with artisan gifts from around our region. I buy gifts there frequently. Laura makes the experience personal and enjoyable. Maries is also a wonderful store.
LBerko July 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Hard to believe that the Jewelry Cafe was not an option here. I have bought so many gifts there for all ages and within all sorts of budgets. When you visit The Jewelry Cafe it is a different experience every time! Laura is a gem. She is so helpful when you are looking to find the perfect gift. Never a hard sell! It is the first place I think of when I need to buy a gift for any occasion!
Daniel DeBlasio (Editor) July 25, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Hello, Jewelry Cafe is not included because readers did not nominate the business during the month-long nomination period leading up to this competition. Best, Dan
Marge S. July 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM
I vote for the Golden Button for its local flare and upbeat family friendly activities. It would have gone to the Jewelry Cafe, however, had that been on the list of nominees. May I respectfully suggest that for future contests the organizers not only use nominations, but also use their own knowledge of main street to add businesses that were merely overlooked?
Danielle Cangelosi July 26, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Definitely the Jewelery Cafe! Laura, does everything she can to ensure that she is carrying only the best quality items at a local level and almost always things made in the USA. Laura is always looking to make your piece special. If she doesn't have it, she will see what she can do to get it for you. Unique gifts with a personal touch. You can't beat Laura's welcoming personality. She makes everyone who shops there feel like family. Please add the Jewelery Cafe to the list and mark me down for a vote!
Marcia Ann July 26, 2012 at 01:34 AM
I'm sorry your readers missed the opportunity to vote for the Jewelry Cafe but after reading all the comments and votes, I see that in addition to me there are many supporters. Stop in and give it a look, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Patrice M. July 26, 2012 at 02:06 AM
I like gift shops that carry handmade and unique items. May favorite gift shops in Southbury are The Golden Button and The Jewelry Cafe. Two great stores with wonderful items for any occassion and at affordable prices.
Lauren July 26, 2012 at 02:55 AM
The Golden Button!I love Kate and all the handmade local stuff she sells!
Adriane Ruggiero July 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM
By far the best gift shop in town is The Jewelry Cafe. I always find unique things there for myself and to give as gifts. And Laura is wonderful, too. Adriane R
Denise Di Stefano July 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM
I too would vote for the Jewelry Cafe if I had the chance. The selection is wonderful, and Laura is so nice to work with. You always feel welcome and important to her. It's the perfect place to go to find that special, unique gift. Not only does Laura carry jewelry as the name suggests, but she also carried the Flax clothing line, beautiful pottery, handbags and more! It's a treat for the eyes, and a must see!
Sue Torrey July 26, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Respectfully, Dan, I would posit that most of us were too busy running children around to various camps, planning or taking vacations, and running businesses at the same time to even notice there was a nomination process. June/July is the CRAZIEST period in what can be the craziest -- not laziest -- time of year. Perhaps it would be better for the Patch to accrue the list itself. :D
kim Bald July 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Guys what were you thinking not including the Jewelry Cafe
sheree marcucci July 26, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Jewelry Cafe - a great find - beautifully crafted artisan one of a kind pieces AND more!
Frieda Denenmark July 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM
The Jewelry Cafe is unique, full of hand crafted items at reasonable prices that can't be easily found elsewhere in such abundance. Laura B. is very helpful. The experiemce of browsing,shopping and getting ideas is great. Try it. You will find many things of beauty.
Mary July 28, 2012 at 02:03 AM
The Golden Button hands down!!! First, The owner Kate is great! Her shop has unique gifts that are all done by local artisans. Also she offers a variety of workshops for anyone who is interested in crafting some of the things that the may like in the store. Also very kid friendly, she offered great summer camps for children of varying ages and every camp had a unique theme.
Megan July 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Koenig!!!
Danielle Auriana July 30, 2012 at 10:37 PM
The Golden Button is the best! There are so many unique and beautiful items and the store own makes shopping such a great experience.
Audrey Batoon July 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM
I always leave happy after visiting the Golden Button!
Anne Taff July 31, 2012 at 01:33 AM
The Golden Button is the best!
Susan Smith O'Brien July 31, 2012 at 01:39 AM
The golden button
matthew masi July 31, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Love, love, love The Golden Button! Miss Kate is the best. She offers a wonderful variety of creative and innovative workshops, and has a great selection of homemade gifts. It is definitely a must on your list of places to shop!
shawn August 15, 2012 at 07:26 PM
The Golden Button!!!!

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