When it comes to holiday shopping, are you man enough?
Manta Claus is back on Butler Street this year to prove to men -- and women -- that holiday shopping doesn’t have to be about braving the mall or fighting crowds. In fact, it can be a fun, local experience.
In 2011, a group of Lawrenceville businesses started Manta Claus, a last-minute holiday shopping extravaganza for men (and, let’s face it, anyone) who put off holiday gift purchasing. The last last-minute shopping event returns to Lawrenceville from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 18.
“[It’s] more or less a way to coerce men to come out and shop local,” said Pageboy Salon & Boutique owner Dana Bannon about the holiday event.
She added that Manta Claus started as a solution for men who shop impersonally online, grab a gift card or avoid the mall. Bannon added that Lawrenceville businesses participating in Manta Claus also promise to help shoppers find the perfect gift.
And, just as Butler Street has grown, so has the holiday shopping event. Businesses up and down Butler Street will be offering free drinks, snacks, no-cost gift-wrapping and lots of great gift guidance.
Additionally, food trucks will be parked near 45th Street. Hitchhiker Brewing
will be on hand at Pageboy Salon & Boutique
to offer tastings of winter beers. And Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches
will also be handing out treats at Pageboy.
(3613 Butler St.) will also offer 10% off men's and women's grooming products, $25 gift certificates for $20 and free beard trims by a student barber. Divertido
(3609 Butler St.) will offer 10% off all purchases, free snacks and beer. Jules
(4502 Butler St.) will feature 10% off all menswear, plus $25 credit for every $100 spent. Jupe
(3703 Butler St.) will be offering $10 off every $40 spent. Mid-Atlantic Mercantile
(4415 Butler St.) will also give 10% off all purchases. Mister Grooming & Goods
(4504 Butler St.) will offer 10% off grooming products. Atlas Bottle Works
(4115 Butler St.) will host a holiday beer tasting. Pavement
(3629 Butler St.) will provide snacks, free gift-wrapping and specials. And, Matthew Buchholz will be signing his book "Alternate Histories of the World” at Wildcard
(5202 Carnegie St., one block off Butler and 52nd streets) will be open to the public, providing refreshments and complimentary gift-wrapping. An open house studio at Perry And Co.
(5212 Butler St.) will feature FareFeathers Jewelry
and 25% off -- shoppers are also welcome to enjoy their fireplace overlooking Butler with free drinks.
“This is the first year that we’ve had more than two or three of us … and it’s amazing the amount of camaraderie we have between businesses,” Bannon said.
She added that as Butler Street has expanded, she has been pleasantly surprised by the amount of community that she still feels. Instead of competing salons and retailers, she says, Lawrenceville remains a friendly network of small businesses.
Source: Matthew Buchholz, Dana Bannon