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If you start hearing sleigh bells ringing somewhere off in the distance, don’t call your therapist — it really might be Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer. We are now in the midst of the holiday shopping season so check with the Consumer Corner each week for of the best places to shop in Brooklyn.


You might be keeping a tight rein on your wallet but that shouldn’t stop you from scooping up a good dose of Christmas cheer at The Hutch.

The Yuletide season is in full bloom at The Hutch and you’ll see it reflected all the wonderful things on the store shelves. Enjoy The Hutch’s fantastic display of Department 56 Christmas villages, snowflakes dangling from the ceiling and lights sparkling everywhere.

Check out enchanting Madame Alexander collectibles, Hello Kitty gift baskets, great gourmet candy items and more. For those special folks on your holiday shopping list The Hutch has new holiday gift collections from Lladro, Lenox, Costa Boda and Waterford. They’ll even custom gift wrap your presents for free.

The Hutch is located at 8016 3rd Avenue. Contact them at 718-748-4574.


Winter’s frigid winds may just be getting started but June’s proms and weddings are sure to follow. That’s why now is a great time to check out Vera Elysia’s special occasion dresses at 5405 Kings Plaza Mall.

Let other folks worry about mittens and galoshes – you’ve got a grand affair to plan for.

Vera Elysia carries a vast selection of head-turning evening gowns. Set off your look with the perfect pair of shoes or a knockout handbag. Rock a pair of evening gloves – the choice is up to you.

Vera Elysia should also be on every bride-to-be’s radar. They specialize in custom headpieces, veils and more. New merchandise is arriving daily so don’t miss out on all the latest styles and fashions.

Contact Vera Elysia at (718) 258-0797.

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