Santa gets around thanks to a sleigh pulled by nine reindeer.
Lucky for you there are smarter ways to navigate Montgomery County to do your holiday shopping.
SEPTA has 49 station stops in Montgomery County, which makes shopping easy, convenient, and accessible. SEPTA TrailPasses can be used on weekends and for city dwellers, the TransPass becomes an Anywhere TrailPass on weekends.
“Most people do not have a chauffeur to carry their bags and shuttle them around, but everyone has SEPTA,” says Kristin Mestre-Velez, SEPTA’s Public Information Manager. “When you've shopped until you're literally about to drop, nothing’s better than sitting back, and not worrying about keeping your eyes on road. Because unlike driving, you can use this time to check your list, text with friends, and Instagram your amazing finds.”
Montgomery County is filled with downtown areas that boast boutiques, shops, restaurants, and unique finds that make it the place to be on Small Business Saturday or anytime you are looking for alternatives to the mall.
Disembark from Ambler Station and get ready to enjoy one of Montgomery County’s most walkable downtowns.
Ambler Skate Shop & Apparel
If the person on your list is asking for trucks or Vans and they don’t have a license yet, don’t worry. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find something sure to make your skater flip.
Tony Laguda Formal Wear
Instead of standing in front of your closet wondering what to wear this holiday season – be prepared! This family business takes immense pride in its four decades in business and will have you looking seriously good at your next event.
Searching for something that can’t be found at the mall or metroplex? This shop is filled with unique jewelry, greeting cards, artwork and accessories made by local artisans.
You don’t have to take the train to NYC to see what’s trending in fashion when this boutique has the latest looks. Locals know that Mrs. Claus always makes her guy stop when he is in Ambler.
“Main Street of the Main Line” has a lot to offer. Enjoy it without navigating the traffic on Lancaster Avenue.
Giannini Jewelers has been adding sparkle to the holidays and more for over 70 years with their selection of the finest diamonds, precious gems, and pearls.
No more Toys ‘R Us? No problem. Here you will find “a remarkable collection of finely crafted gifts for children of all ages.”
Tired Hands General Store
After lunch at this popular brew-café, head to the General Store and delight the craft beer-lover on your list with something from their selection of cans, bottles, t-shirts, and glassware.
The town on the banks on the Schuylkill, is easily walkable has plenty of bars and restaurants to stop and refuel.
Edwards Freeman Nut Company
Shoppers with a sweet tooth, prepare to be delighted. Edwards Freeman Nut is a favorite of children and adults due to its immense selection and variety of nuts, chocolates, sweet treats, dried fruits, and nut butters.
For over 90 years, Flocco’s been the go-to not just school uniforms but men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, work shoes, and sizes that are hard to find at the mall.
Coll’s Custom Framing
If you took the time to take family portraits for the holiday, it deserves custom framing. Coll’s also has limited signed and numbered prints, open edition prints, and original work by local artists.
The train stops here 38 times a day for a reason! There is a lot happening in Lansdale.
Anyone on your “Nice List” will appreciate a bottle from this family owned craft distillery. Go on the weekend and get a free tour!
La’ Personalization Boutique
A custom embroidery shop full of thoughtful gifts for any occasion and a range of ages. A pirate tooth fairy doll, family tree pillows, and wine koozies are some of their best sellers.
A gem for comic book lovers in the ‘burbs. They carry new comic books, comic book collections/graphic novels, action figures, statues, games, and apparel. If they don’t have it, the friendly staff will order it for you faster than a speeding bullet.
Step out of the Norristown Transportation Center and into the land of Lions, Martinis and BBQ – Oh, MY!
Zachary’s BBQ & Soul
If the trauma, er…memory, of hours of preparing Thanksgiving dinner is still a sore spot, good news! You don’t have to do it all in December. Order everything from whole pies to whole feasts at Zachary’s.
Elmwood Park Zoo
Pass on the mass produced plastic toys this holiday season and get the kids something they can enjoy all year. Elmwood Park Zoo memberships are available in a number of options.
Five Saints Distilling
Take tour at a distillery located in the historic humane engine #1 Fire House. A Moscow Mule, martini, or mojito is sure to make you merry. Spread the cheer by gifting bottles of their award winning vodka, whiskey, gin, and blood orange liqueur.
Three regional rail lines serve one of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County.
This Little Gallery
Owner Trish Breslin Miller’s passion for American Craft is on full display throughout the vast selection. Loved by locals and nationally recognized as a “Top 100 Gallery” in the United States by Niche Magazine.
When the weather outside turns frightening, be prepared. For over eighty years, Stupp Furs has been home to the finest in furs, shearlings, and leathers
7th Dimension Games
Start your kid’s 2019 Fortnite Detox here. No plug (or Wi-Fi) needed for their selection of board games, painting supplies, trading card games, role-playing games, and more.
Need more reasons to start your shopping with SEPTA? There are perks!
- Present your valid SEPTA Key, TrailPass, TransPass, or One Day Independence Pass to receive discounts here:
- Lindt Chocolate Shop at Philadelphia Premium Outlets for 12 Free LINDOR Truffles with your purchase of $30 or more.
- Riverbend Cycles in Conshohocken for 10% off all folding bikes and commuting accessories.
- Xtra 101 in Ambler for $5 off a purchase of $25 or more.
- Wild Lilies Jewelry in Ambler for 15% off your total purchase.
- Robek’s in Ardmore for buy one smoothie or juice and get the other 50%
- Paladar Latin Kitchen in King of Prussia for 15% off your food.
- Sullivan’s in King of Prussia for a complimentary appetizer with purchase of an entrée.
For more Perks visit https://iseptaphilly.com/perks
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