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Jane McNulty explains what teaching methods will be used Nov. 6, 2012, during the first of a series of classes being held at Piano for Pleasure in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP File Photo)

For last-minute shopping needs, look no further than historic downtown Murfreesboro. Whether you’re searching for that final gift or just beginning your holiday shopping, locally owned businesses have it all.

Pa Bunk’s Natural Market & Café
107 S. Church St.

Gift baskets are a perfect choice for that special someone. Fill a goodie basket with locally made pampering products like My Bella’s body soap, shaving soap or lotion, or get that pet lover some Jolly Llama Pup Suds, Lulu’s Dog Biscuits and even a trendy collar.

“If you have someone in your family who likes to cook or eat healthy, and you really don’t know what kinds of things to buy them, just get them a gift card, and they can pick out what they want,” suggests owner Corey Williams.

Assemble your own gift basket, or ask a staff member to suggest some perfect items.

The Country Gourmet
107 E. Main St.

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but chocolates are a close second.

“Of course, chocolates are a wonderful hostess gift or a great stocking stuffer,” says owner Chris Gerbman.

Stay on their sweet side with a variety of jams and jellies from Nashville Jam Company, which are made right here in the Volunteer State.

“We also have, for the cook, olive oil and balsamic vinegar that come in refillable bottles,” Gerbman continues. “Buy the bottle, give it as a gift, and let them know where they can come refill it. Olive oils are from Kalamata, Greece, and balsamic vinegars are from Modena, Italy. They’re aged a minimum of 15 years. Once you’ve had it, you won’t ever want the cheap stuff again.”

The Center for the Arts
110 W. College St.

Give the gift of entertainment to recipients young and old. Having just announced its 2013 season, The Center for the Arts is offering silver and gold season passes.

Silver passes are good for eight of the season’s 10 shows, while the gold pass permits a ticket holder to each of the 10 shows.

Lime Tiger Studio
619 N. Maple St.

This eclectic boutique offers vintage items, repurposed gifts and second-hand antiques, but it’s not your average shop. It is, however, perfect for just about anybody on your list, from Great Aunt Suzie to Cousin Johnny.

“We have everything from antique lamps to voodoo supplies, to clothing and bones and collectibles,” owner Travis Maynard explains.

“It has collective taste; it’s not your typical antique store or retro store. It’s arranged artistically and has a taste to it. It’s not just junk. It’s not just an antique store, not just a thrift store, not just a novelty store. It’s old world meets new world in this cool atmosphere.”

There you have it. Find fun gifts from $1 to $800 and absolutely everything in between.

“Walk in the door and see what we’re about,” Maynard suggests.

The Write Impression
120 S. Maple St.

Narcissism aside, there’s not a single person who doesn’t enjoy seeing his or her name printed in bold lettering.

This year, why not give the gift of personalization, offers owner Susan Grear.

“We have stationary and notecards that can be personalized here in the store, along with personalized calendars, personalized recipe cards, and even journals,” she says. “We have magnetic memo boards that can be personalized and picture frames that we can personalize.”

It may be too late for monogrammed gifts, but Grear says the paper products can all be personalized inside the shop.

She also suggested handcrafted pens, jotter cards -- leather bound jotters with personalized cards -- and photo clutches as potential gifts for this holiday season.

Piano for Pleasure
310B W. Main St.

This year, why not skip the restaurant gift cards and opt for piano lessons instead, owner Jane McNulty encourages.

Young and adult students, alike, can carry the skill with them forever.

“Long after the toys of childhood are gone, the music still remains,” she says. “And piano lessons are much healthier than gift cards for dining out, and they bring gratification and joy. There’s the whole wellness piece and they make new friends -- there’s a whole myriad of things students get from the experience.”

Little Shop of Records
109 E. Main St.

This record shop may be the new kid on the block, but it’s got an old-time feel and offers music from every genre -- perfect for the musician on your list.

Vinyl record sales haven’t been this high since they were first invented, and owner Grant Polston has stocked his shelves with turntables and a slew of vinyls to be had.

From The Beatles Stereo Vinyl Box Set to repressed records of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here, this music shop all the oldies and goodies. Peruse the indie, punk rock or heavy metal sections for music of a different kind, or head to the country or pop sections for some catchy tunes.

One dollar gag gift vinyls are also available for dirty Christmas parties and bandmates, alike.

Don’t for get to check out the jewelry, purses and accessories for that lovely lady who loves to groove.

‘Boro Town Cakes
128 N. Church St.

How would you like a bakery for Christmas? Here’s your chance!

Owner Karen Stoltz announced her bakery is for sale, and she’s looking for a buyer. After 27 years in Murfreesboro, her husband is retiring, and the couple is moving back to their hometown in North Carolina.

Each of these shops has a Facebook page or website. Feel free to search them, like them and visit them.

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