The best present a person can receive is love, but the second-best present is a box of puppies wrapped in money. Give a gift that is almost as good as a money-wrapped dog box with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of homemade crafts and gift ideas at The Escape Fine Crafts and Gifts in Georgetown.
The Escape’s shelves are loaded with a multitude of gifts, crafts, jewelry, pottery, and handmade pieces that cater to the full spectrum of shopper personalities. Consider gifts for $25 or under, such as a stamp collector made of cherry wood ($19) or longhorn coaster made of slate ($8 each), or sort through a collection of nightlights to find a stylish solution to your nyctophobia. Prepare for next Valentine's Day by checking the jewelry section and surprising your sweetie with a pewter horny-toad pin, which can also double as a pet if you’re allergic to pets ($12). Visitors unaware of their fated purchase can ask a friendly staff member for help or wander the aisles searching for ways to enhance kitchens, desks, the outdoors, and more.
Niche magazine named The Escape Fine Crafts and Gifts a Top Retailer of 2009, and Community Impact Newspaper featured the store and its owners, Len and Judy Lester. Four Yelpers give the store a five-star average.
- All of the items for sale at The Escape are handmade, and nearly all are made in the United States, Len said. Artisan crafts including earthen pottery, blown glass, wooden boxes, one-of-a-kind jewelry and decorative wall hangings fill the store displays that Len custom-designed and constructed. – Suzanne Haberman, Community Impact Newspaper
- This little shop has such beautiful art pieces. Everything from art for a kid's room, to art for a living room or office. – allison j., Yelp, 8/07/2009