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Stocklist Goods & Gifts is one of many unique downtown Tacoma shopping options. Photo credit: Anthony Frohlich

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Now that the holidays are approaching, the pressure is on to find the perfect presents for your friends, work colleagues, family members and yes, even frenemies. Consider experiencing downtown Tacoma for your shopping options. Tacoma's downtown offers an eclectic smattering of small businesses, museums, restaurants and the UW-Tacoma campus. Here is a handy list of downtown shops and businesses that will assist you in finding something unique and special this holiday season.

Brown & Haley Factory Store

The delicious and classic toffee candy Almond Roca originates from Tacoma. It's produced by Brown & Haley, and the Factory Store downtown is filled with all varieties of Almond Roca candies, from the traditional toffee flavor to the holiday edition featuring crushed candy cane dust. There are several gift pack varieties available as well. Alternatively, construct your own Almond Roca-themed gift from all the confections from the shop.

Brown & Haley, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 110 E. 26th St., Tacoma, 253.620.3067,

Stocklist Goods & Gifts

For a bevy of fun and unique gifts, check out Stocklist Goods & Gifts. Located on the University of Washington Tacoma campus, Stocklist features a range of quirky gifts like hilarious greeting cards, novelty socks and locally roasted coffee. Another gift motif found at Stocklist is Tacoma- and Northwest-themed stickers and artwork - which is fantastic for those who like to celebrate local pride. With an abundance of sassy and silly gifts, undoubtedly you can find the perfect humorous or one-of-a-kind present.

Stocklist Goods & Gifts, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1936 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.720.0062

Urban Exchange

Stocking your wardrobe can be a daunting task. So instead of unsuccessfully flopping through racks at a mall department store, try something different and awesome. Compared to other clothing stores, Urban Exchange is completely unique. Its shelves are loaded with gently used, high-quality clothing - all kinds of attire, from stylish retro threads to name-brand articles. If you have someone on your gift list who loves vintage wear or positively uncommon shoes, pay Urban Exchange a visit.

Urban Exchange, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 1932 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2280,


For those who love stuff and things, take a spin around Tinkertopia. This store has a little bit of everything. Need small items to complete an art project? Tinkertopia has got your back. There are barrels, bushels and various other containers full of everything from marbles and gears to  light bulbs and small toys. Located on Pacific Avenue on the UW-Tacoma campus, Tinkertopia encourages creativity by using repurposed items, and they do it very well.

Tinkertopia, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, 1914 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.778.6539,

LeRoy Jewelers

Looking for a gift for someone who likes bling? LeRoy Jewelers is the perfect downtown option. LeRoy has been in business since 1941 and is independently owned, so its stock is unique. Many of the designs LeRoy Jewelers have on-hand are custom-created by artists at the store.

LeRoy Jewelers, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, 940 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.272.3377

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