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For me, one of the more difficult parts of social distancing has been missing the local businesses I typically frequent in my home of Astoria, Queens.
The one I ache for the most? The Brass Owl. It's a locally owned boutique — and the only place I buy gifts and cards for the people in my life (and myself).
Currently they're letting shoppers place orders for care packages of varying price levels (six levels, to be exact) in which you can let them know who this person in your life is, if you want a theme, things they typically enjoy, and leave a gift message.
Not only is The Brass Owl my favorite Astoria shop, but it's probs one of my favorite places to shop in general! I can always count on them when I need a last-minute outfit, an upgrade to my seasonal wardrobe, or a new candle.
The store owner (Nicole, who is *so* lovely) also does a great job supporting other local businesses by hosting pop-up shops in The Brass Owl.
So, if you're in need of a pick-me-up (or a lil' present for the first responder in your life), check out The Brass Owl's website for quirky, heartwarming items you'll be sure to love.