By Michael Whittlesey

Last weekend, La Porte City was the place to be for the Home for the Holidays shopping event. In addition to the businesses that set up shop at the Rusty Pig, many businesses up and down Main Street and the Highway 218 corridor welcomed shoppers looking to get a jump on their list of gifts to give. If the frigid temperatures had you taking refuge under a blanket or seeking the warmth of the closest fireplace, the good news is that there is still plenty of time to finish your holiday shopping. Not only is there ample time, a survey of the immediate landscape in the “50651” reveals a remarkable variety of products and services to satisfy the nice, as well as the naughty, on your thoroughly checked list. Consider:

For the hungry, let there be food. The variety of prepared food options in LPC is on the upswing, with the recent addition of PnB’s Brewpub, Tootsie’s and the Pizza Palace. Add them to Jolie’s Kitchen, Kramer Sausage Co., LPC Bakery, Etc. and the Getaway, you’ve got gift certificate possibilities for just about any taste. Throw Gary’s Thriftway, Casey’s and Pronto into the mix for a gift of convenience that extends beyond good grub. Speaking of convenient, have you been in Urb’s Do-It Best Hardware lately?

For those on your list who deserve a good pampering, check out the numerous shops on Main Street who cater to hair, nails and bodies in search of a massage and/or tanning: A Cut on Main, Country Living Massage, Knight Klipz,  Teri’s Cute Cuts & Crazy Curls, You’re Lookn’ Good.

La Porte City is also not lacking for shops filled with “you could drive all over Waterloo and Cedar Falls and still not find a gift this cool” possibilities. Spend some time in Hoppy’s PRIMitive and PROPER, Laurie’s Boutique, the Real Deal, Shabby & Chic or Sunshine Florals & Gifts and there’s a good chance you’ll find a unique gift, or a gift uniquely La Porte City for that someone special.

And just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t think warm thoughts this holiday season. A season pass to the La Porte City Aquatic Center is a gift sure to be appreciated come June, just as a membership to the La Porte City Golf Club would make an excellent gift for your favorite golfer. Don’t forget that Double Lung Archery, the area’s finest pro shop for bowhunters, offers gift certificates sure to please the hunter on your list.

There’s even variety to be found in LPC for those considering ringing in the new year with a new vehicle. Not only can the folks at Witham Auto Center hook you up with a new Ford or Chevy, they can take good care of those whose tastes run in VW or Kia, as well. La Porte City is indeed fortunate to be served by a number of automotive professionals to keep you on the road, with names like Haraldson, Johnson, Otten and Ward to accompany the likes of La Porte Motor Supply, La Porte Performance and Motorhead Mayhem.

As the hustle and bustle of the holiday season reaches its peak, take a moment to pay a visit to a neighborhood, La Porte City shop. It’s a gift sure to spread holiday cheer where it matters most, in your very own hometown.