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Local Shopping: Sticks & Stones

Sticks & Stones, located at 3279 W. Centre Avenue in Portage, is in its 11th year serving the Kalamazoo area as the go-to destination for finding unique gifts, décor and specialty food items. Owned and operated by Susan Diffenderfer, this little store offers a great variety of gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Susan, who lovingly refers to her little place a “local mini Crate & Barrel”, can whip together the perfect gift basket (at any budget point) for both personal and corporate gifts. Committed to supporting local business, the shop offers a wide variety of locally-made products from names that include Dark Horse Brewing Co., Mandy’s Candies, Pop City Popcorn and Kalamazoo Candle.

(A) If you’re looking for a place to find that special something to make your holiday interior just a little more merry and bright, look no further. Cozy and warm is the name of the game for December and Sticks & Stones has got you covered.



(B) If Farmhouse Chic is your decorating sweet spot, make sure to swing by and see what’s in stock. Susan works hard to make sure there’s always something new and unique for customers to snatch up and take home to feather their nest.


(C) Looking for a unique gift for the “hostess with the mostest” on your list? Head on in to buy a piece from the Nora Fleming serving ware line. It’s zip-code exclusive, which means Sticks & Stones is the place in Kalamazoo to find it. You can add more pieces and accessories as the years go on, which means that this gift will simplify your shopping for years to come.

(D) What’s better than a glowing candle on a cold winter night? A deliciously scented candle lovingly made right here in Kalamazoo. Choose from a variety of amazing scents and give a gift that will offer light and warmth to your loved ones throughout the year.


(E) Best. Balsamic. Ever. Sticks & Stones carries a nice variety of Fustini’s specialty oils and vinegars and offers samples to help you determine your favorites. With flavors like 18 Year Traditional, Ginger and Honey, Persian Lime and Blood Orange, you’re sure to fall in love. Special orders are available.


(F) Need to add a little something special to your holiday pantry? Impress your guests with all-natural products from Stonewall Kitchen. With everything from hot cocoa and pancake mixes to exotic chutneys, dips and spices, Sticks & Stones has what you need to set an unforgettable spread this year.


Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking & thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing & trying to keep on top of the laundry.

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