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Rogers’ Gift Shoppe: get something special

No matter what the economy, we need to celebrate special occasions, and let friends and family know how important they are.

But one thing we don’t have to do is drag ourselves through endless stores at the mall. Instead, we can simplify our lives, saving time and money by shopping at a neighborhood store that has everything we need for just about everyone on our gift list — Rogers’ Gift Shoppe (5112 Avenue N, 718−692−4509).

A neighborhood staple for 14 years, Rogers’ Gift Shoppe is always expanding and fine−tuning itself to meet customers’ needs. Its latest endeavor is the addition of a full line of sterling silver jewelry that doesn’t tarnish. This attractive collection features semi−precious stones.

Incredibly, they’ve also ventured into some “different” territory, too. The shop recently expanded to include an income tax preparation center. Owner John Rogers’ wife, Regina Harris, is a certified tax consultant who does personal and corporate taxes. Now, customers can shop the store while their taxes are being prepared.

“We keep growing,” says John. To make room for this area, they knocked down a wall, and made a stockroom an office, but it works beautifully, as it still allows for an enormous selection of wonderful gifts to choose from.

For example, it’s still the place to shop for custom−made party favors and cake toppers for brides, Sweet 16 parties, anniversaries, Communions, Confirmations, or any special occasion. Although John usually prefers two weeks notice for custom−made pieces, he also takes great pride in the customer service his store provides. That includes getting work done on short notice when special circumstances occur.

Among the many other gifts you’ll find include leather products, and collectible pill boxes made of crystal and enamel. There’s a religious section where you’ll find gifts for occasions such as Confirmations and Communions, including statues, medals, chalices, rosary beads and books.

A wedding section features cake cutters, toasting glasses, picture frames, and mugs. A special part of the store devoted to babies, has items for baptisms, as well as colorful frames, albums, and night lights.

“Gifts start at $4 and go up to $1,800 for a crystal chess set,” says John. This huge price range means you can find a small gift for a teacher or acquaintance and a magnificent gift for that special someone who lights up your life, all under one roof.

If you are buying gifts for someone who doesn’t live nearby, Rogers’ Gift Shoppe will ship anywhere in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. And if your gift−wrapping skills leave something to be desired, why struggle with bows and tape? Rogers’ Gift Shoppe gift−wraps with the professional flair — at no charge.

“The customer didn’t have to worry,” says John, “because I took care of the problem. There’s no need for customers to run all over. That’s why we’re here.”

It’s also nice to know that Rogers’ Gift Shoppe is the kind of store where one can enter and browse. “No one is pressured to buy anything,” John says. So, please — take your time and look at all they have to offer. The store is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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