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I stopped into Nino Salvagio for the first time about a month ago. Up until this point, I have never been. Frankly, I always thought it was probably an extremely busy, upscale and possibly overpriced grocery store. I quickly learned that I was wrong.
Nino’s is a one-stop shop for holiday gifts! They obviously put some thought into the layout for the holidays and are catering to people like me who do not like to shop.
This week I walked in, I was greeted with a beautiful selection of holiday wreaths, plants, and decorations. Next, I discovered rows and rows of gift baskets of every size. The selection is amazing. Cheese and crackers. Pasta. Popcorn. Made-in-Michigan products. Wine baskets with all of the accessories, beautifully wrapped and ready to go. Shoppers can order a personalized basket too. Shhhh . . . I picked up an awesome basket of popcorn making supplies for my brother and a wine basket for. . . meeeee, I mean . . . my sister. (I’m sure she will share with me!)
Focused now on my original purpose for visiting, I stopped at the deli counter for some lunch meat and could not help but wonder around the bakery isle. Drool. After checking out all of the “calorie free” items, I selected some cinnamon bread for French toast. Rest assured, I will be back before the holidays are over to spend some more time amongst the amazing cakes, scrumptious pies, tantalizing cinnamon rolls, jumbo muffins and so much more.
Next, I found the wine department.
The selection was amazing. This has become my favorite place to get wine. At Nino’s, when you purchase four bottles of wine, you receive an additional 10% off. Bonus! I looked around at the selection. There are options from $5 a bottle on up to over $30. I even noticed they had imported special holiday wine from Germany. For a moment I wish I knew some German to know if I was looking at a red or white wine. Thanks to Google translate I received my answer. The bottles were designed in a holiday theme, double bonus. Excellent hostess gifts, and it does not need to be wrapped.
Then I moved over to the beer aisle. Perfect! A gift pack of beer and a case of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Excellent, two more gifts bought. The liquor selection is also stocked with lots of popular brands and some are available in gift boxes this time of year. Perfect! A nice Irish whiskey is in the shopping basket for my in-laws.
With my cart pretty loaded down, I noticed a small area off to the side. There were so many holiday crafts, dishes, hand towels, and flowers to pick from. I picked up some cute snowmen for my mom.
Next stop? The checkout line. No waiting and I was out the door in no time. This is my kind of shopping! I checked many gifts off my to-buy list, supported a local business, and walked away happy.
I know I will have to hit the mall eventually and definitely plan to visit downtown New Baltimore to visit some of the local shops to find the unique pieces to add to the gifts. But for now, I am happy to have my list condensed.
The next time I need to brave Hall Road, you can bet I will take time to make a stop at Nino’s.
Nino Salvaggio has two locations in Macomb County. Next time you are driving by, don’t be afraid to stop in and look around. I’m glad I did.
Clinton Township – 17496 Hall Rd.
Mon.-Sat. 8am- 9pm, Sun. 8am- 7pm
St. Clair Shores – 27900 Harper Ave.
Mon.-Sat. 8am- 8pm, Sun. 8am- 7pm
Shoppers! There is still time to enter for a chance to win one of five, $500 gift cards. Simply snap a photo of you shopping locally and post it before 11:59p.m. on December 3. #ShopLocalMacomb Winners will be randomly selected during a live Facebook drawing at noon on Monday, December 4. Visit www.makemacombyourhome.com/shoplocal for details.
Lauri Cowhy is a senior communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.